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

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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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An Animated David Lynch Explains Where He Gets His Ideas

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“Where do you get your ideas?” Every artist dreads having to answer that most common of all questions. Well, every artist with the exception of David Lynch.

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Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Errol Morris Creates a Commercial for Depend Adult Diapers

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There’s a gender assumption for every stage of life these days. From gender-coded Lego play sets and teen magazines, we progress to lightweight, pink tool sets or their more traditional, apparently “masculine” counterpart.
After that?
Adult diapers.

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The Neuroscience & Psychology of Procrastination, and How to Overcome It

≡ Category: Neuroscience, Psychology |5 Comments

Procrastination is a skill, an art, a slight-of-hand technique. I’m procrastinating right now, but you’d never know it. How many tabs do I have open in my multiple browser windows? Pick a number, any number. How many tasks have I put off today? How many dreams have I deferred? I’ll never tell.

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Stephen Fry on Coping with Depression: It’s Raining, But the Sun Will Come Out Again

≡ Category: Health, Psychology |5 Comments

The past three decades have seen an exponential growth in the understanding and treatment options for depression, despite the fact that for much of that time, mental illness has remained a taboo subject in popular discourse. This was indeed the case, even as almost two-and-a-half million prescriptions were written for Prozac in the U.S.

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Carl Jung Explains Why His Famous Friendship with Sigmund Freud Fell Apart in Rare 1959 Audio

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Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung—legendary friends and colleagues, then rivals—“were not good for one another,” wrote Lionel Trilling in a 1974 review of their newly-published correspondence. Their friendship, begun in 1907, “made them susceptible to false attitudes and ambiguous tones.

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