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How I cope with the three unwanted voices that live inside my head

I am alone in my New York apartment preparing dinner when I hear the voice of a woman say: “He seems to be OK.” A male voice grunts in response. “He eats better than we do,” she continues. Another grunt.<p>I look around. I'm on the second floor of a three-storey apartment block. Who can see me? It has …

Mental Health

33 science fiction and fantasy books that everyone will be talking about in 2017

Better make some space on your shelves<p>We’ve already taken a look at what novels are hitting bookshelves this month, but 2017 promises to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy literature as a whole. There’s going to be some great reads from debut authors, while some of the best names in the …

Top 10 2017 Fantasy Novels I Want Now

Norse mythology is beloved by fantasy writers and many of them have taken ideas, settings, and even characters from those myths. In <i>Norse Mythology</i>, …

How To Start Meditation

First of all, you don't have to be religious to meditate. Treat meditation as a relaxation technique, very much like getting a massage for your mind. …

What is yoga?

Ask any yoga practitioner why they feel so drawn to yoga? Very few will give an intellectual answer, most will say because it gives some kind of …

Seven Simple Daily Prayers

Prayerlessness is the great enemy of true happiness. If we give up on prayer, or refuse to pray, we surrender our seat at the very source of the …

The 9 best fantasy book series

There may have been a time when fantasy novels were the stuff of bookworms and nerds, but in the past 20 years, tales of witches, elves, magic, and …

Books

Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder

Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder<p>Prep time<p>10 mins<p>Cook time<p>6 hours<p>Total time<p>6 hours 10 mins<p>Creamy slow cooker chicken corn chowder is the perfect set …

Where is the Voice Talking Inside in Your Head Actually Coming From?

Have you ever stopped to wonder where the voice in our head comes from when reading or when you are perhaps formulating a plan or what you might need …

The Guardian view on disappearing Christianity: suppose it’s gone for ever?

Is the end of western Christianity in sight? The most recent British Social Attitudes data shows that “No religion” is now by far the largest single identificationin England and Wales. It is very nearly half the adult population, and more that twice the proportion who self-identify as Anglican; it …

Christianity

The Big Five Personality Traits

Many contemporary personality psychologists believe that there are five basic dimensions of personality, often referred to as the "Big 5" personality …

14 Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things

Given the right circumstances, good people can get caught up in some very bad things. More often than not, psychology is to blame.<p>When it comes to unethical behavior, good people don't tend to go right off the deep end like Bernie Madoff or Kenneth Lay. Rather, the mind plays tricks on them, …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

Behavioral Sciences

20 Quotes From Jim Rohn Putting Success and Life Into Perspective

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone, and especially entrepreneurs working to build a business from the ground up, enjoys a solid rags-to-riches story. It’s something we can relate to and get behind.<p>One of the greatest rags-to-riches stories is that of Jim Rohn. Jim …

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

Vegetable Growing Guide

<b>Days to Harvest:</b> A newly planted asparagus patch should not be harvested for its first year -- it needs this time to become established in the garden. The second year, you can harvest selectively over a two-week period. The third year, harvest over four weeks. The fourth year and beyond, you may …

Training Your Brain: Could Your Poker Game Use a Little CBT?

November 30, 2015 <i>Robert Woolley</i><p>“Cognitive behavioral therapy” (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that attempts to solve specific life problems by …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Young Americans shifting US towards becoming less religious nation

Declining levels of religious belief and practice among the generation of Americans born in the last two decades of the 20th century is shifting the US towards becoming a less devout nation, a major new survey has found.<p>The growing proportion of “millennials” – young adults now in their 20s and 30s …

Religion

2,500 Year Old Meditation of Limitless Awareness

The following meditation is my interpretation of the Buddha's wonderful teaching known as The "Cula-Suññata" (The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness). It describes how, though a series of patient observations, we can gradually shift our attention from the busy world around us to the formless realms of …

Let there be light: Handwritten draft of King James Bible reveals the secrets of its creation

Every great work of literature is a product of meticulous editing and revision. The King James is no exception<p>The King James Bible may well be the greatest work of literature ever written by committee—and now we know a bit more about the collaboration that produced it.<p>Jeffrey Allen Miller, an …

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

Critical Thinking

The Ultimate Science-Based Guide to Creating Habits that Stick

At one point in time, Aristotle was called The Philosopher. Not A philosopher — THE philosopher.<p>His work had such an impact that he became synonymous …

Duke University

10 Habits That Can Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness | Inc.com

<i>What habits have changed people’s lives? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of www.CEOLifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p>When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a tuxedo salesperson for missing a rotation. I was devastated. Guess what? I bounced back. …

Motivation

Riddle of the ages solved: Where did the Philistines come from?

As civilization collapsed 3,200 years ago, the Sea People – of whom the Philistines were but one - arose, seemingly sweeping away all that stood …

Drinking vinegar and having sex can boost your health

From drinking vinegar to making time for sex... the 50 things you can do to boost your health right NOW<p><b>10 health experts reveal their top tips to</b> …

10 Things To Do To Change Your Life Forever

Do these 10 things to change your life forever and for the better. Achieve your dreams and never give up with these tips!

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …