Uncategorized Picking Your Best Idea

Picking Your Best Idea

In virtually every human pursuit, from personal growth to the arts to business, ideas and the execution of those ideas is what drives us forward. And when it comes to ideas, there are basically two kinds of people: Those who struggle to come up with what feels like good ideas Those gifted with a ton …

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Uncategorized Intellectual humility and openness to other viewpoints

Intellectual humility and openness to other viewpoints

One way to increase intellectual humility, at least in the short term, is to encourage a belief in the malleability of intelligence. Tenelle Porter and Karina Schumann at the University of Pittsburgh created a new intellectual humility questionnaire that asks participants to rate their agreement with 9 items like “I am willing to admit if …

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Uncategorized For a younger-working brain -Cognitive training

For a younger-working brain -Cognitive training

Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas say their research could provide new hope for extending our brain function as we age. In a randomized clinical study involving adults age 56 to 71 that recently published in Neurobiology of Aging, researchers found that after cognitive training, participants’ brains were …

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Uncategorized The psychological effects of climate change

The psychological effects of climate change

“People who worry about animals and nature tend to have a more planetary outlook and think of bigger picture issues,” Helm said. “For them, the global phenomenon of climate change very clearly affects these bigger picture environmental things, so they have the most pronounced worry, because they already see it everywhere. We already talk about …

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Uncategorized Declining trust imposes real-world costs on US society

Declining trust imposes real-world costs on US society

“Although we see some evidence that previous eras also experienced a decline in trust in institutions, this trend seems to be more pronounced now than in the past,” said Michael D. Rich, co-author of the report and president and CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. “Today we see that lack of trust across many …

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Uncategorized Better Motivation for Better Health

Better Motivation for Better Health

Trying to stay motivated while changing your lifestyle to healthier habits is tough but here are some tips and resources to make it easier. As I said, there’s no doubt in my mind that the best way to create more energy and motivation is to take action, even if it’s small. Excitement grows and catches …

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Uncategorized Reaching Your Goals – Try “Cheat Days”

Reaching Your Goals – Try “Cheat Days”

Recent Wharton research finds that people who utilize “emergency reserves” – such as a cheat day on a diet – are more likely to attain their goals. [email protected]: What are the key takeaways? Does having an emergency reserve simply make people feel better psychologically, or is something else going on? Sharif: I think there are …

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Uncategorized Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental Health Disorders

Neoliberalism, Perfectionism, and Mental Health Disorders

But the problem with this, of course, is that what we’re doing is we’re teaching children that they need to compete against each other in an open marketplace. So we are essentially instilling a sense of social anxiety, of social hierarchy. We’re suggesting that inequality is virtuous because those that have done well deserve the …

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Uncategorized Thinking vs Knowing – how, not what

Thinking vs Knowing – how, not what

The best forecasters exhibit the following characteristics: They are open-minded, reflective, and intellectually curious. They acknowledge what they do not know. They gather information from a wide variety of sources and question the validity of each source. They enjoy pondering a range of diverse views, and they update their conclusions as facts change. They treat …

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Uncategorized Creating Collective Intelligence

Creating Collective Intelligence

David Sloan Wilson interviews Geoff Mulgan Say the word “mind” and most people immediately think about the workings of an individual brain. The idea that something larger than an individual might have a mind seems like science fiction—but modern evolutionary theory says otherwise. It is now widely accepted that eusocial insect colonies—ants, bees, wasps, and …

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