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

≡ Category: Life, Psychology |1 Comment

At the stroke of midnight, millions of New Year’s resolutions went 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 upwards of 80% will eventually fall by the wayside.

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The Power of Empathy: A Quick Animated Lesson That Can Make You a Better Person

≡ Category: Animation, Psychology, Science |9 Comments

Several years back, the RSA (Royal Society of the Arts) created a series of distinctive animated shorts where heavy-hitter intellectuals presented big ideas, and a talented artist rapidly illustrated them on a whiteboard. Some of those talks featured the likes of Slavoj Zizek, Steven Pinker and Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Watch Footage from the Psychology Experiment That Shocked the World: Milgram’s Obedience Study (1961)

≡ Category: Psychology, Science |8 Comments

For decades following World War II,  the world was left wondering how the atrocities of the Holocaust could have been perpetrated in the midst of—and, most horrifically, by—a modern and civilized society.

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Hermann Rorschach’s Original Rorschach Test: What Do You See? (1921)

≡ Category: Psychology, Science |199 Comments

There is a well-known scene in Woody Allen’s Take The Money And Run (1969) when Virgil Starkwell (Allen) takes a psychological test to join the Navy, but is thwarted by his lascivious unconscious.

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Study Finds That Reading Tolstoy & Other Great Novelists Can Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

≡ Category: Books, Literature, Psychology, Science |6 Comments

A new study published this week in Science concludes that you may get something unexpected from reading great literary works: more finely-tuned social and emotional skills.

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Jacques Lacan’s Confrontation with a Young Rebel: Classic Moment, 1972

≡ Category: Psychology |3 Comments

This is fascinating to watch.
On October 13, 1972, the charismatic and controversial French theorist and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan is giving a lecture at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, when a young man with long hair and a chip on his shoulder walks up to the front of the lecture hall and begins making trouble.

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New Animation Explains Sherry Turkle’s Theories on Why Social Media Makes Us Lonely

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Last fall Sherry Turkle, an MIT psychologist who explores how technology shapes modern relationships, published Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. The third in a trilogy of books, Alone Together tries to make sense of a paradox.

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When William S. Burroughs Joined Scientology (and His 1971 Book Denouncing It)

≡ Category: Literature, Psychology, Religion |1 Comment

Crash director Paul Haggis impressed us all when his defection from the Church of Scientology became the subject of “The Apostate,” a 2011 New Yorker profile by Lawrence Wright. But Haggis’ high-profile departure from the lavish if shadowy house that L. Ron Hubbard built had a notable precedent in William S.

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Are the Rich Jerks? See the Science

≡ Category: Economics, Psychology, UC Berkeley |14 Comments

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right. The rich really are different from you or me. They’re more likely to behave unethically.
That’s the finding of a group of studies by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Carl Jung’s 1957 Letter on the Fascinating “Modern Myth” of UFOs

≡ Category: Psychology |8 Comments

Deities, conspiracies, politics, space aliens: you don’t actually have to believe in these to find them interesting. Just focus your attention not on the things themselves, but in how other people regard them, what they say when they talk about them, and why they think about them the way they do.

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