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5 Rare Signs That Prove You Were Meant to Lead People

Are you someone that understands what truly motivates people psychologically? You may be leadership material.<p>A quick Google search on the work "leadership" gave me about 376,000,000 results. And while it won't give me the totals for "leadership books" (if anyone knows, leave it in the comments), …

Leadership

This is why you cringe when someone else embarrasses themselves

When Jennifer Lawrence falls on a flight of stairs in her own home, she gets up, brushes herself off, and goes on her way. But five years ago she didn’t: she face-planted on live television in a gown, walking up steps to Dolby Theatre stage on her way to accept an Oscar, and covered her face in …

Psychology

This Myers-Briggs personality test alternative is based on a centuries-old system

From stress-busting techniques to digital detoxes, sometimes analog life is the best life. And if you want to learn something new, you actually have …

Myers-Briggs

Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits expand beyond usual format

The pictures, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are vivid depictions by African American artists and will hang at the Smithsonian<p>Barack Obama tried to negotiate less grey hair, he recalled, but Kehinde Wiley’s “artistic integrity” would not allow it. He tried to negotiate smaller ears but …

Michelle Obama

Introverts Make Better Leaders and Other Things People Don't Get About Sitting in the Back Row

If you're someone who clearly identifies with being on either side of the personality fence, you know how challenging it can be living and working with people who can be so different from yourself.<p>Anywhere from a third to half of the population fits the definition of being introverted, meaning …

Psychology

5 Weird Psychological Reasons Someone Might Fall in Love With You

While love will always be a mysterious part of life, psychologists have done their best to understand why certain people fall for others. According …

Relationships

Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

Yes, People Who Hang Toilet Paper Rolls This Way Often Do Make More Money

Do you 'roll over' or 'roll under'? The answer could say a lot about your personality.<p>Research can reveal some interesting things about us. For example, psychopaths tend to love working for erratic, overbearing bosses. People with more friends tend to outlive those with fewer friends. Cussing can …

Psychology

Reduced neural empathy for women wearing revealing clothes

<i>The participants watched women being rejected in a ball-passing game (the black blocks over their eyes did not appear in the actual study); from</i> …

Psychology

5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

A sense of self-worth, self-respect and confidence that you can handle what life presents to you are all features of self-esteem. But appreciating …

Self-help

Sociopathic Parents Are Everywhere: 3 Signs To Watch For...

Who comes to your mind when you hear the word “sociopath”? Ted Bundy or Jack the Ripper perhaps? These are indeed iconic representations of the …

Psychology

Scientists have discovered two simple psychological differences that make you liberal or conservative

Political battles in the US are often portrayed as a clash between "bleeding heart" liberals and "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" conservatives.<p>Voters who favor opposing parties see various issues differently, but does that mean liberals and conservatives actually process the world through …

Psychology

Men get an 'attractiveness boost' when other women fancy them — here's why

People who are attracted to men have different tastes. Some think Dwayne Johnson is their perfect man, whereas others are a fan of Idris Elba or Prince William.<p>But however unique we think we are, new research suggests we're probably wired to copy each other's preferences.<p>A new study from the …

Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Social Sciences

The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

20 Common Things People Realize When They Quit Drinking Alcohol

Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly detrimental to …

Researchers just accidentally found an effective Alzheimer’s treatment while trying to cure diabetes

Developing new treatments for ailments can be a tedious and frustrating process for scientists. Oftentimes, newly developed drugs just don’t work the …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard may be the world's "happiest man," according to science

.<p>If happiness is a form of success, you might look to Matthieu Ricard. Neuroscientists found that the Tibetan Buddhist monk and best-selling author has some of the highest levels of positive emotions of anyone they've ever studied. Hence the media started calling him "the happiest man alive." He …

Meditation

How a small dietary change might keep your brain young

Over the Christmas period, our minds are filled with pumpkin pie, eggnog, chocolate, and more pumpkin pie. According to a new study, however, we …

How To Treat Depression With Cognitive Therapy

Lifestyle changes, medications, conventional psycho therapy treatments and even <b>herbal remedies are followed for the treatment of depression</b>. …

Yes, you've locked the door: What drives your checking habit?

Most of us have suddenly thought, "Wait — did I actually lock the door?" For some people, this might lead to locking up with more intention next …

6 Ways to Deal with Panic Attacks

Panic is no picnic.<p>You get hit with a tidal wave of fear, your body short-circuits, and you think this is the end - you’re either dying or going …

Panic Attacks

Bipolar Disorder Could Be Caused By These 7 Things, According To New Research

Mental health issues are complex, and severe illnesses like bipolar disorder have long been been critically misunderstood. Though bipolar disorder …

Mental Health

There’s a trick to improving your mood—but you probably don’t want to do it

Conventional wisdom holds that mood and motivation supercede action: The better we feel and the more motivated we are, the more likely we are to act.<p>While this is certainly true in a lot of situations, there are some situations in which it’s not. Sometimes when we are feeling down and unmotivated, …

Motivation

‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may treat the fatal disease known as Huntington's is being hailed as “historic” by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and “phenomenal” and “fantastically promising” by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who …

Dementia

Research suggests there are five types of anxiety and depression

Ah, anxiety and depression – the magical, miserable combo.<p>When you’ve got anxiety and depression, your thoughts and emotions can play out in all …

There's a Weird Feedback Loop Between Guts And Brains That Can Turn Deadly

It's all connected.<p>As if experiencing a traumatic brain injury wasn't enough of a problem on its own, it turns out the consequences can have an …

We are on the path to reversing the damage caused by Alzheimer's

A Better Shot<p>For more than three decades, experts have understood that a gene variant called ApoE4 can greatly increase the risks of the degenerative …

A mental trick to help you deal with rude people this holiday season

Wellness<p>The holidays bring out the worst in people, but you don't have to let them bring out the Scrooge in you.<p>The holidays tend bring out the worst in people. Whether it's being cut off by some jerk stealing your spot in the mall parking lot, having a relative pick apart your latest life choice …

John Mayer

6 Behaviors That Push People Away From You

While the right people will always accept us for who we are, there are some behaviors we demonstrate that make it difficult for them to do so. …