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The Gaslight Effect: The History of Gaslighting and Its Destructive Power

Your significant other crosses the line in his flirtations with another woman at a dinner party. When you confront him, he asks you to stop being insecure and controlling. After a long argument, you apologize for giving him a hard time.<p>Your boss backed you on a project when you met privately in his …

Proof that nagging does not work: study shows being positive is better motivation

In centuries past deterrents against nagging ranged from the notorious scold’s bridle to the ducking stool.<p>But now a psychological study has come up with what could be a much more powerful means of preventing nagging – evidence that it just does not work.<p>Research commissioned by the insurer Zurich …

Goal Setting

14 psychological tricks to get people to do what you want

1. Use a 'decoy' option to get people to buy your product<p>In his TED Talk, behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains the "decoy effect" using an old</i> …

The Morning Routine That Will Save You 20 Hours a Week

The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.<p>The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in.<p>Although this may seem obvious …

Time Management

Are You Thinking Too Much?

<b>Are you thinking too much?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p>Rest your weary head.<p><i>Why?</i><p>The traditional saying that's this week's practice has been sinking in for me lately. Thoughts have been swirling around like a sandstorm about work, things I've been reading, household tasks, finances, concerns about people, a yard …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

If you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might want to tack on some useless (though accurate) information from a tangentially related scientific field.<p>It turns out that when you tack on additional information from a respected field of …

Study Shows What Happens When You Swap Fat For Sugar

Nothing good.<p>Ever wandered down the 'health foods' aisle of your local grocery store? If it’s anything like the one near me, it’s full of 'low-fat', …

The 1 Type of Complaining That Will Make You Feel Better, According to Science

Study after study shows complaining makes people miserable. This is the one exception.<p>Complaining is bad for your mood, your brain, your listener, and even your body, according to a boatload of scientific research. So why do people do it anyway?<p>We're not masochists, obviously. Most of us love to …

Parents who see failure as negative bring up children who do not believe they can improve, research suggests

Parents who believe failure is harmful have children who think ability is fixed, and risk hindering their determination to succeed, new research …

Psychology

Researchers have stumbled upon a battery breakthrough that could change energy storage forever

Better battery storage can advance all sorts of technology from phones to electric cars — but increasing battery life is no easy feat.<p>Luckily, researchers hailing from the University of California Irvine may have accidentally discovered a solution that could change energy storage forever.<p>Fifth-year …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study that shows choice could just be the brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Science of Why You Do Your Best Thinking While Walking

Science explains why so many of history's great thinkers have been obsessive walkers.<p>Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth, even Aristotle: The list of great minds that were also obsessive walkers is long. Why is the connection between wandering feet and a productive brain so …

The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world

In Japan, it was said that sacrificing a woman at a rushing river would placate the spirit who lived there, allowing for the construction of bridges and the safe passage of boats. In Greek myth, the warrior king Agamemnon decides to kill his own daughter in exchange for a favorable wind on the way …

Anthropology

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …