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Why does guilt increase pleasure?

Feelings of guilt can make our temptations feel even more seductive. So could we be healthier and happier if we just embraced a little bit of vice, asks David Robson.<p>This year, my New Year’s Resolutions are going to take a somewhat different form to those of previous Januaries. I’m forgoing my …

Psychology

Our Spiritual Origins

Rene Descartes, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>You may think you come from some smart apes or from no-where, however, wouldn’t it just be nice to know the …

Do You Blame Yourself First When Things Go Wrong? Are You On Your Own Team?

A girlfriend of mine just finished putting on a magnificent affair for 1000+ people to honor our servicemen on Veteran’s Day. She spent hours and …

People with social anxiety come across better than they might think

Making friends is often extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder and to make matters worse, people with this disorder tend to …

10 Myths About Introverts

Myth #1 : Introverts don’t like to talk.<p>This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an …

What pizza toppings REALLY say about your personality

Pepperoni lovers are extroverts, goat's cheese means you're sensitive and veggie fans are self-absorbed: What pizza toppings REALLY say about your …

Psychology

Could Will Cornick's psychopathic tendencies have been identified before he killed?

When a boy was convicted and a banker was charged over motiveless killings, the cry went up: where were the warning signs? But the search for what makes a psychopath is vexed<p>It was shocking, but also familiar. Sometimes when our brains go wrong they go wrong in uncannily similar ways. Last April, …

10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently With The World

Introverts and extraverts may seem the same on the surface, but if you look at the way they respond to life's everyday occurrences, differences begin to emerge.<p>Last month, for example, Science of Us writer Melissa Dahl reported on findings from psychologist Brian Little's latest book on personality …

What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment

Skeptoid Podcast #102<br>May 27, 2008<br>Podcast transcript<p>It was 1971 when the prisoner, emotionally drained, sleep deprived, chained, and dehumanized in …

powers, Aristotle and the incarnation

Interview by Richard Marshall.<p>Anna Marmodoro is the Clynelish single malt of the philosophy of powers universe. She takes on some of the most …

Consciousness

Social media opens door to narcissism

‘‘No-one likes to be around people who are narcissistic because they’re only interested in themselves.’’<p>Social media is making us more narcissistic, …

Is The Man In the White House Mentally Ill?

I am not asking this with my tongue in my cheek. I am as serious as a judge. As I sit here and write, I am listening to Mr. Obama's press conference. …

How to Quickly Reduce Anxiety Created By Threatening Situations - PsyBlog

A quick way to reduce the brain’s automatic response to threat.<p>Quick reminders of being loved and cared for reduce the brain’s response to …

Change the Stories You Tell About Yourself | The Art of Manliness

Today I talk to University of Virginia professor of psychology Dr. Tim Wilson about his book <i>Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological</i> …

5 Tips for Changing Negative Self Beliefs

<b>“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.”</b><p><b>– Robert Gary Lee</b><p>A year ago, I began to accept that I was depressed, and had been for a long time. It was …

The Psychology of a 'Lone Wolf' Terrorist

The "lone wolf" attacker has recently been connected to radical Islam, but the full explanation is more complicated.<p><i>"Anyone is capable of being a Lone Wolf." —Tom Metzger, founder of the</i> <i>White Aryan Resistance</i><p>On Sunday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released further details about the …

Terrorism

Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions

By now the message from decades of decision-making research and recent popular books such as Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> should be clear: The irrational manner in which the human brain often works influences people’s decisions in ways that they and others around them fail to …

Why a Good Muscle ‘Pump’ Isn’t Just About Vanity

But doing this also enhances protein synthesis—the process that helps promote muscle repair and growth after exercise—and decreases muscle breakdown that can occur over time, researchers found.<p>(For a workout program that gives you a pump and shreds fat, check out THE 21-DAY METASHRED. One guy lost …

The Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

One of my clients—let's call him Mike—is an entrepreneur. He runs multiple businesses. A couple of years ago, he went through a year that could only be described as “hell on earth.” His wife almost died from alcoholism. Her doctor said she was so anemic from not eating or drinking anything of …

Fitness Expert Says That the Best Workouts Are Simple and Free. Here's Why.

After lifting, I go outside and play catch with a football, Frisbee, or medicine ball. Jogging back and forth while yelling, “I’m open, I’m open” is just fun. Training outside gets you some sunshine, some extra cardio, and makes you feel like an athlete. <br>I also like to mix body-weight exercises …

The Cutting Edge Way to Do Interval Training

You can do all that—including the “get better, faster” part—with heart rate interval training, says Alwyn Cosgrove, co-owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California and top <i>Men’s Health</i> fitness adviser.<p>Here’s how it works: Instead of pre-determining how long you work and rest for a …

The Bodyweight 300 Challenge

Perform 100 reps of each exercise in any order as quickly as you can without rest. You don’t have to do all 100 reps in a row—you might do 20 squats, move on to 10 pushups, do 30 situps, do another 20 squats, and so on.<p>Watch the video above to see how to perform the exercises. Durkin completed this …

Self-Consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Post-Structuralists // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Simon Lumsden's is an ambitious book that attempts to develop a new dialogue between Hegel and the post-structuralists, here represented by Jacques …

Inside the Political Mind

Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

A new way of looking at brain activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.<p>In recent years, a …

Why We Make Stupid Decisions

For those who believe we can simply eradicate bias from our decision-making, get over it. Cognitive biases (including but not exclusively …

Scientists Sign Declaration That Animals Have Conscious Awareness, Just Like Humans

The group consists of cognitive scientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists, and computational neuroscientists — all of …

Quick brain teasers to train your attention and working memory

—<p>Here you have a few fun men­tal exer­cis­es to train your atten­tion and work­ing mem­o­ry (the capac­i­ty to hold mul­ti­ple pieces of …