New Year’s Resolutions that Work with Your Brain

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  Resolutions like going to the gym more often or losing 20 pounds are based on trying to control the feeling that “there’s something wrong with me being just as I am.” This feeling, called Learned Distress, is what your brain uses to automatically generate the negative moments of your life…Sometimes the control mechanism out and […]

Hope: The Key to Using the Brain Well for Poverty Reduction & Universal Welfare

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The things that keep people caught in a cycle of poverty are not solely monetary. And getting out of that cycle is not necessarily about money either. Dr. Joseph LeDoux says that part of the reason that folks are locked into cycles of generational poverty is because of the way our brain reacts to emotions […]

Change Your Map, Change Your World?

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Contributed by Premadasi Amada In the words of Lauryn Hill, “How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?” Social change work can’t succeed when those doing the work are stuck in beliefs and patterns that hold them back. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is one way to break those patterns. Cynthia Silva Parker writes about […]

A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy One

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If you’re a skeptic about the value of doing one thing at a time, consider this most of the we’re doing one thing we’re actually thinking about another. AND, for the most part, while we’re distracted we’re also unhappy. For instance, if you’re a runner, you probably don’t think about running every time you hit […]

Drive | The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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“This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.”  Watch The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Original text from Superconsciousness Magazine.      

Changing Ourselves to Change the World

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Our brains adapt to routine, making the same old thing seem comfortable and reassuring while they resist change which feels, of course, uncomfortable, weird–just not the way it should be. Check out this article on how we can teach ourselves to embrace change instead of turn away from it. We are not doomed to repeat […]

Political Gridlock

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Whodda thunk it? It seems your political beliefs may be related to your psychology. And if that’s the case, compromise is a hard won lot. Perhaps fueled by increasing gridlock in Washington, lately there have been a lot of studies published on why people form and keep the political beliefs that they do. While none […]

The Positive Effects of Fatty Foods

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For a long time now I’ve had a digestive disorder, which means the only way for me to eat well is to have a very restrictive diet. And yes, it can be a drag, because sugar is out, bread is out, spicy food–out. But I can have some old favorites, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, […]

Five Ways Our Need to Fit in Controls Us

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If you’re embarking on becoming a leader in your community or organization, you should know that biologically people are conformers. We like to be liked, whether that’s by a group of our peers or folks we perceive to be like us. Here Michael Taft examines some ways to understand our need to connect with others, […]

Jonathan Haidt | Moral Roots of Liberals & Conservatives

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From TED Talk site: Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most. Watch the video 

Distortion Colored Glasses

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Original content here is from Thoughts & Feelings by McKay, Davis, & Fanning, New Harbinger Publications, 1981 and is found on Eastern Washington University Access Web site. “The following styles of thinking (or cognitive distortions) were gleaned from the work of several authors, including Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, and David Burns among others.”  Contributed by B. […]

Resentment of Do-Gooders | A Psychology Study and Its Lesson

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Can an recently published psychology study about “resentment of do-gooders” reveal deeper insights into transformative change than even the study’s interpreters realize?….movements succeed on the question, “Are we coming from establishing the difference between you and me, or are we coming from just what is really naturally, soulfully authentic?”