A Unified Theory of Mental Illness: How Everything from Addiction to Depression Can Be Explained by the Concept of “Capture”

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David Kessler–once the Commissioner of the F.D.A., later the Dean of Yale’s School of Medicine, and eventually Dean and Vice-Chancellor at UCSF’s prestigious Medical School–published a book called Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering.

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The Science of Willpower: 15 Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Last from Dr. Kelly McGonigal

≡ Category: Psychology |2 Comments

This weekend, millions of New Year’s resolutions will go into effect, with the most common ones being lose weight, get fit, quit drinking and smoking, save money, and learn something new. Unfortunately, 33% of these resolutions will be abandoned by January’s end. And 80% will eventually fall by the wayside.

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Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

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While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than adults.

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Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writing with Style (1882)

≡ Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Writing |1 Comment

The life of Russian-born poet, novelist, critic, and first female psychologist Lou Andreas-Salomé has provided fodder for both salacious speculation and intellectual drama in film and on the page for the amount of romantic attention she attracted from European intellectuals like philosopher Paul Rée, poet Ranier Maria Rilke, and Friedrich Nietzs

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Introduction to Psychology: A Free Course from Yale University

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Taught by Yale professor Paul Bloom, this course presents an Introduction to Psychology and tries to explain what makes us tick:
What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many o

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Tim Robbins’ Improv Classes Transform Prisoners’ Lives & Lower Recidivism Rates

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If a 20-something, Yale-educated New Yorker reporter feels nervous stepping in to her first ever improv class, imagine the stakes for your average inmate, whose survival depends on a successfully monolithic projection of toughness and control.

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The Psychology That Leads People to Vote for Extremists & Autocrats: The Theory of Cognitive Closure

≡ Category: Politics, Psychology |9 Comments

There’s a political disconnect in the United States. We have two political parties, each now living in its own reality and working with its own set of facts. The common ground between them? Next to none.

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Zen Master Alan Watts Explains What Made Carl Jung Such an Influential Thinker

≡ Category: Philosophy, Psychology |9 Comments

The twentieth century produced a fair few thinkers on the human mind whose observations still resonate today.

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Hear “Weightless,” the Most Relaxing Song Ever Made, According to Researchers (You’ll Need It Today)

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As I write this, it’s election night, and I do not need to tell you about the thick haze of fear in the air. I have already had a couple friends ask me about resources for meditation and relaxation. I’m no expert, but I have looked into various ways to deal with stress and hypertension.

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The Power of Conformity: 1962 Episode of Candid Camera Reveals the Strange Psychology of Riding Elevators

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Watch television creator Allen Funt predict flash mobs in the 1962 episode of Candid Camera above, filmed some forty years before Harper‘s magazine editor, Bill Wasik, founded the movement with anonymously e-mailed instructions for a coordinated public action.

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