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You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>With privacy-centric European Union legislation set to …

Social Media

The One Odd Trait Most Successful People Have That Is Often Confused For A Weakness

Pain moves us. Comfort keeps us still.<p>This is why people color their hair or move to Costa Rica right after a breakup. It’s why people find the courage to start their own businesses only after they’ve been let go or burned by their old job. It is also why people find it so hard to initiate change …

Self-improvement

6 Nonverbal Signs That Guarantee You Made a Great First Impression, Backed by Science

Nonverbal cues that reliably indicate whether other people like you, plus what you can do to make sure you make a great first impression a lot more often.<p>Everyone wants to make a great first impression. And everyone knows some simple ways to be more likable: Make eye contact, smile, ask questions …

Emotional Intelligence

Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Mindfulness

The secrets of the ‘high-potential’ personality

Are there six traits that could really mark out your potential to achieve?<p>Are you curious, conscientious and competitive? Do you also have the more mysterious qualities of “high adjustment”, “ambiguity acceptance” and “risk approach”? If so, congratulations! According to new psychological research, …

Psychology

Tim Ferriss Says You Should Say 'No' More Often. Here's Why It Works

High achievers succeed because they prioritize their commitments and stay focused.<p>Turning down the next business opportunity that comes your way might just be the best decision you ever make. The truth is, many busy executives don't say "no" often enough.<p>There are a lot of positives to saying "no." …

Success

Scientists Have Found a Strong Link Between a Terrible Childhood And Being Intensely Creative

Beautiful things can emerge from dark places.<p>Performing artists who were exposed to abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family as a child might …

Psychology

Why Those "Butterflies" In Your Stomach May Not Be So Romantic

The first time I ever felt butterflies in my stomach was when I was 14 years old. My family had rented a house down on the Jersey Shore, and I'd …

Relationships

Your Mood Literally Changes How You See the World, New Science Shows

A fascinating new study suggests what you feel is often what you see.<p>If a gorilla walked through the middle of a basketball game you were watching, would you notice it?<p>Most people would reply with an instant yes to this question, but science actually shows that the answer depends way more on …

Psychology

This Documentary Shows How Zaytoven Became the Originator of Trap's Sound

God bless Zaytoven.<p>In its nearly two decade-existence Atlanta's trap branch of rap has become the universal language of hip-hop culture. The music was first associated with a way of life—mainly giving a voice to young kids in Atlanta who were dealing drugs and wanted to express what that life was …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Secret Sauce That Transformed David Jones into David Bowie

Nurturing our own contradictions is the path to success.<p>David Bowie, the iconic pop star, was a true <i>opposable mind</i>.<p>Roger Martin, author of <i>The Opposable Mind</i>, defines what successful business people have as integrative thinking: "The ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas and, …

David Bowie

Does Drinking Really Change Your Personality?

If you tend to drink with the same group of people, chances are you have a rough idea of which friend is the "happy drunk," the "messy drunk," or the …

Google Keeps a Record of Your Entire Search History – Here’s How to Delete It (Video)

You can also download a file of your entire search history.<p>YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there’s a new hack to worry …

AdWords

App Permissions Don't Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

Thanks to Facebook, app permissions have popped back into the public’s consciousness again. Last month it was discovered that Facebook had stored the …

The No. 1 trait highly charismatic people all share, according to science

William von Hippel, a psychology professor from the University of Queensland in Australia, conducts eccentric experiments to uncover the thought …

Psychology

You listen to music at work, and it alters your mind. Yes, seriously.

Many people feel that listening to music at work improves their mood. Others claim it even makes them more productive. Is there any merit to these …

The Brain

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly …

The best cover songs from Westworld season 1

After Westworld’s season 2 trailer contained a haunting cover of “Heart-Shaped Box,” we look back at the best cover songs from season 1.<p>One of the …

How to (painlessly) reinvent yourself when life demands it

In these fast-paced times, it seems like change is the only constant we have. Some people accept change gracefully, while others hold on kicking and …

Thread about how much data Facebook and Google have on you will freak you the hell out

Reader beware, this Twitter thread about your Facebook and Google data will give you quite the scare.<p>Dylan Curran, a technical consultant and web …

The Amazing Link Between Our Appearance and Our Personality

Are we generally good at judging people's personality? Can we tell by just looking (or listening) whether a person is confident, gregarious, shy, …

Psychology

Sleep Position Meanings Can Reveal A Creepy Amount About Your Personality

Whether you're into cuddling, solo sleeping, or snoozing on your side, back, or stomach, sleep position meanings can reveal a creepy amount about …

90% of bottled water contains microplastics, according to a new study

If you thought you were safe drinking bottled water, think again. The Guardian reports that a new study commissioned by Orb Media has found …

All strength comes from repetition

The biggest mistake you can make is to ignore the basics in your profession. This is true no matter what you do, where you live, or who you are.<p>When …

10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

Open-mindedness is a sign of intelligence. Strelka Institute/Flickr/Attribution License<p><b>A person's behavior and characteristics reveal a great deal about their intelligence.</b>• <b><br>People who enjoy their own company, work in silence, and have a strong sense of self-control tend to be intelligent.</b>• <b><br>Some traits</b> …

Psychology

Momentum: Use it or Lose

The truth about momentum is that there are physiological components that make it easier to be successful, and the great news is that those physiological components can be influenced.<p>Why is it that sometimes it feels easy to execute well, and other times it's an uphill battle? After a great month of …

The Real Reason Why Your Brain Is so Scared of Failure

Failure doesn't scare you. Not knowing does.<p>You've just recklessly jumped ship -- left the security of your job or refused the investor who isn't offering exactly what you want. You find yourself gripped by a cold, raw fear. What are you <i>actually</i> afraid of?<p>Imagine you're driving along a clear …

The LA Photographer Who Redefined Glamour for the 1980s

Hollywood native Matthew Rolston injected a dose of grandeur into image-making in the late 1970s, and his impact can still be felt today<p>The magical …

Decades-long study proves something everyone already knows

High school is going to haunt you.<p>Your behavior in high school predicts both your future income and your career success, according to a study …

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Need to Stack Your Network With These Types of People

Buffett says this advice applies to choosing your spouse too.<p>Most parents at some point give their kids a lecture about the importance of not getting caught up hanging with the "wrong crowd." The well-meaning warnings come because our parents know how closely our actions (and at times inaction) are …