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Zen Reflections: The Story of the Monk and the Scorpion

The practice of metta meditation or loving kindness meditation is deeply rooted in the Buddhist philosophy. With regular practice of loving-kindness …

Short Naps Help Us Course Correct

But what do we do if, despite our best intentions, we're not getting the seven or eight hours a night of sleep we need? Researchers have found that even short naps can help us course correct. Throughout history, famous nappers have included Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, …

Sleep

Does it pay to be kind to strangers?

Generous people are happier and healthier, yet acts of kindness are often met with suspicion and scorn. Why? David Robson talks to a psychologist who set out to find the answer.<p>You’d have thought Sandi Mann was offering people a slap in the face – not a steaming cup of coffee. She’d been visiting …

Happiness

The Joy of Less: A Systematic Approach to Minimalist Living

The world is full of material things, but real living happens in the space between all of our stuff. Francine Jay’s <i>The Joy of Less, A Minimalist</i> …

Minimalism

15 Things Therapists Actually Want You To Know

Don't worry, they won't Google you or say hi to you at the bar.<p><i>Therapy can be mysterious and intimidating, especially if you don't know what to expect. So BuzzFeed Health spoke with three psychologists who all have extensive experience with psychotherapy: Stephanie Smith, Ph.D., clinical</i> …

As aging slows body clock, a new one starts ticking - Futurity

As a person ages, their circadian clock begins to slow down—but that's when a completely new one kicks in and starts ticking.

Psychologists studied whether people like themselves better than their partners — and found something pretty sad

When people compare themselves to their partners, they may think most highly of themselves.<p>Psychologists tested this assumption, and published the results earlier this year in the journal Personal Relationships.<p>In the first experiment, researchers asked participants to list 10 traits their partner …

Psychology

Differences Between a Psychopath vs Sociopath

Society has conspired with Hollywood to put two seemingly-sexy psychology terms into our collective consciousness — psychopath and sociopath. …

What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

If you told me that I had the personality of a sea slug, would I fire you for insulting me, or would I promote you to head of marketing because you demonstrated that you really know how humans think and behave?<p>Single celled organisms like protozoa have simple, binary mechanisms for survival: they …

Mindfulness

This psychological phenomenon explains why you can spend all day at work without getting anything done

How is it possible that you spent eight (or more) hours at your desk, didn't even goof off on Facebook, and <i>still</i> made no progress on the day's goals?<p>Perhaps the problem is less a lack of conscientiousness and more that you're losing sight of your top priorities. Instead of organizing your workday …

Time Management

Scientists Have Discovered That Your Brain Logs A Timestamp At The Moment Of Your Death

Scientists researching circadian rhythms and the brain’s internal clock have stumbled on a fascinating, if morbid discovery. It turns out that when you die, your brain logs a timestamp of sorts for your passing.<p>Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, following up on a 2013 study, looked at the …

Reading Facial Expressions for Autism Symptoms

<b>There’s an app for everything these days—from weight loss to working out. Now, thanks in part to support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR),</b> …

Autism

What Is an Emotion? William James’s Revolutionary 1884 Theory of How Our Bodies Affect Our Feelings

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity.”<p><i>“Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in her masterful treatise on the intelligence of the motions, <i>“they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of</i> …

The 14 Mindfulness Teachings of a Zen Buddhist Order

Zen Buddhism is pretty chill. Really, I daresay there are few beings as low-key and drama-averse as a Zen monk calmly sampling the fragrance of a …

Mindfulness

The Confidence Game: What Con Artists Reveal About the Psychology of Trust and Why Even the Most Rational of Us Are Susceptible to Deception

“It’s the oldest story ever told. The story of belief — of the basic, irresistible, universal human need to believe in something that gives life meaning, something that reaffirms our view of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.”<p><i>“Reality is what we take to be true,”</i> physicist David Bohm …

A Neuroscientist Patiently Explains the Allure of the Adult Coloring Book

A few months ago, I caved: I bought myself a coloring book. And maybe you did, too, or perhaps you received one as a gift for the holidays. According …

Stephen Hawking Has Some Beautiful Advice For People Who Suffer From Depression

World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is known for providing us with complex yet invaluable insights into space, time, and the nitty-gritty of …

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed

When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better.<p>The immediate effects of exercise …

The Brain

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

How Your Own Brain Is Making You Run Slowly and What You Can Do About It

By Josh Adams<p>You don’t give 100% when you run. Your brain is involuntarily keeping your body from hurting itself with exertion. It never lets you hit …

Brain Processes Sounds of Emotions Faster than Words

Canadian researchers have discovered that it only takes one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations.<p>…

12 Steps to Clear the (Mental and Physical) Clutter From Your Life

Make time and space for what really matters with this step-by-step guide.<p>Clutter, both mental and physical, is a productivity and a joy killer. And you don't have to take my word for it. Here's what one study out of Princeton concluded about clutter:<p>"If you want to focus to the best of your ability …

Productivity

Travel broadens the mind, but can it alter the brain?

Studies suggest that taking a gap year or studying abroad can positively influence your brain to make you more outgoing and open to new ideas<p>There are lots of opportunities for students to travel: be it to postpone your degree and travel the world after taking your A-levels; to take a placement …

University of Sheffield

What Your Brain Is Really Doing When You Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is not only crucial to our well-being, it's also paramount to our survival.<p>Sleep has become a major field of study, and researchers are continually discovering new information about the process. When we're sleep deprived, our whole body feels it. It can affect our …

Sleep

How to Deal With a Narcissist: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

You must be tired of them. They’re everywhere. Narcissists. And if you think there are more of them than ever, you’re right. Research shows we are …

Narcissism

Spaced repetition: a hack to make your brain store information

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

Neurophilosophy

Brain Imaging Identifies Children at Risk for Depression Later in Life

A new brain imaging study from Boston researchers may some day lead to method to identify children at high risk of developing depression later in …

The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. …

Cause of schizophrenia found in genes, new research says

However, Dr. Steven McCarroll admits new treatments could be years away<p>A group of Harvard scientists say a major leap forward has been made in …

I see dead people. It's normal and more people should talk about it

This will be my 17th year in the fire and rescue service. In the course of my duties I have responded to a range of incidents including accidents on motorways, train and aircraft crashes, and the fatal fire at Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007, where four of my fellow firefighters lost their lives.<p>We …

Mental Health