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Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

A (Metaphorical) Bridge Between Semantic Order and Chaos

Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.

The Concept of a Cause Has Gotten More Important Over Time

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Over the past 100 years, the world seems to have gotten more complicated. Does that affect people's interest in causal knowledge?

The Psychology of Design

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
IDEO’s Tom Kelley challenges what you think you know about design.

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Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.
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Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Do You Have a Micromanaging Boss?

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? You may have a micromanaging boss.

Feel the Singularity

By Moses Ma on May 12, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
In an age of exponential growth that is rapidly approaching a technological “singularity”, what we need to do is a little quantum thinking about the economy...
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Writing Naked for Change

Letting go of our baggage during the writing process can help you on your journey to self-discovery and ultimately transformation.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

Life—Best Taken With Salt and Pepper

Do you “savor” your life as much as possible?

Margaret Cho Wants You to Embrace Your Darkness

There would be no contrast in your existence if the bad and dark parts didn’t exist.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

By Jean Kim M.D. on May 11, 2016 in Culture Shrink
It's important to understand the patient's reality.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

5 Steps to a More Creative You

Three recent works on creativity and innovation suggest similar approaches to a more creative you.

What’s Your Mental Health Resilience Playlist?

By Julie K. Hersh on May 10, 2016 in Struck By Living
Has anyone measured the impact of playfulness on mental health? Be a kid, make your playlist and dare to sing and dance out loud. How do you measure the power of the human spirit?

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

The Practice of Life

Shakespeare was wrong. The world is not a stage and life is not a performance. Life is practice.

Music for Productive Creativity

Can music help you get in a creative flow? Here's one writer's strategy and why it may work.

Why Weirdos Win

Have you ever been called “weird,” “crazy” or “strange”? Well, fear not, fellow weirdos: There is hope.

Who Dares Speak Honestly About Unbelief?

Being an activist for a popular cause is easy. Speaking up for a cause that by its nature offends many people takes courage. Some new books tell the truth about atheism.

"Original Voices": New Book Gives Homeless Women Their Say

By Jennifer Haupt on May 02, 2016 in One True Thing
"Original Voices" is the perfect title for this collection of poems, essays and wonderings, written by homeless women in Seattle.

What Is Passion? Part 2

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

How Well Can You Detect Lies?

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Brain Workout
Have you ever wondered how the great fictional detectives were able to identify a culprit? These puzzles provide insight into their thought processes.

What Is Passion? Part 1

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Corner Flags, Constraints, and Creativity

Sometimes what we see as blocking our way can be just what we need to creatively guide us forward

Prince Or His Music: Which Will You Miss More?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Steven Pinker famously said that music was simply “auditory cheesecake,” a pleasurable activity with no useful or adaptive qualities. Prince fans may not agree!

Corinna West on Poetry for Personal Power

The future of mental health interview series continues with Corinna West on the organization Poetry for Personal Power.

Less Than Perfect Is Just Fine

By Susan Hooper on April 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
In any creative endeavor, how does one strive for perfection while not being paralyzed or defeated by the knowledge that perfection is unattainable?

Green It Is!

Green up your life. It'll be good for your body and your mind.

Sascha DuBrul on Navigating Between Brilliance and Madness

The future of mental health interview series continues with Sascha DuBrul on navigating between brilliance and madness and the Icarus Project.