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The Downsides of Being Very Emotionally Intelligent

Gemma is extremely caring and sensitive. She pays a great deal of attention to others’ emotions and is kind and considerate. Gemma is also quite optimistic. She is usually upbeat and remains positive even in the face of bad news. Her colleagues love working with her because they see her as a beacon …

7 Mental Health Resolutions, Straight From a Psychologist

As someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I am doing my best to focus on improving my mental health. I plan to start working with a therapist to develop better management tools for anxiety and stress, which can sometimes be so bad it can be paralyzing. Because I don't want anything to …

Wellness

Introduction to Psychology: A Free Course from Yale University

Taught by Yale professor Paul Bloom, this course presents an Introduction to Psychology and tries to explain what makes us tick:<p>What do your dreams …

Psychology

True Freedom Comes With Basic Income

I attended a national economic conference in New York in 2015, and in one of the presentations, the speaker presented the following claim: human …

8 Ways to Fight Seasonal Depression

<i>Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora.</i><p><b>Feeling SAD? Seasonal Affective</b> …

Essential Oils

Addicted to Your Phone? Science Has Good News.

Our addiction to mobile technology sends us into frenzies of highs, lows, and longings. Science and mindfulness training have good news, weird …

Psychology

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

Self-help

“Power magnifies personality” — remember that when casting votes

Psychologists have long studied what power does to the mind. It isn’t always pretty.<p>For many voters, and especially women voters, Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy raises a central question loaded with fear: What happens if you give a person with a long history of abusing power even more …

4 Proven Ways to Increase Your Motivation to Exercise

Workout motivation. You don’t have any. You know exercise is good… and you still don’t do it. You’re not alone.<p>We all want a magic pill that makes us …

The science of keeping your cool when co-workers drive you nuts

One Sunday afternoon, Nancy, an executive in the tech industry, got a call from an irate colleague. She’d made a business decision that he didn’t approve of, and his response was to shout and curse at her over the phone: “You’re so stupid. What an idiotic thing to do. You stupid ****.” He plowed on …

Self-help

These 3 States Account for More Than a Third of Obamacare's Federal Enrollment

Image source: White House on Flickr.<p>The Affordable Care Act, which you likely know as Obamacare, recently completed what can only be described as its most important week of the third year of open enrollment.<p><b>Open enrollment figures surge in Obamacare's third year</b><br>Every year, there are two events that …

Health Care

Laziness and lack of sleep can shorten your life, especially when combined, study says

You already know that smoking is bad for you and that drinking too much alcohol may shorten your life. Now a new study says that spending too much time in a chair and depriving yourself of necessary sleep should join a short list of behaviors known to increase your risk of premature death.<p>Sedentary …

Sleep