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Going Mental

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Going Mental

Being Angry Makes Me Angry

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11 months ago

Some people enjoy being angry and some people really hate it and that is a known difference. It is a know dimension of individual differences.  For some people anger is a positive emotion. For others it’s negative.  I happen to be an extreme case with for me anger goes into depression very quickly ...

Going Mental

You Have to Kill the Father Figure to Succeed

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11 months ago

One of the greatest obstacles to finding your life’s task quite honestly can be your parents. We all love our parents – at least most of us do.  And they mean the best.  But often they’re the ones that screw us up most in the sense that they want to consciously or unconsciously direct you in a path ...

Going Mental

Separate the Argument from the Source.

Galef
11 months ago

You might find, as most of us do, that when you're arguing with someone you start to feel frustrated with them or combative with them or irritated by them and that can make it especially hard to rationally consider what they're saying.   So one trick that I've found particularly useful is to ...

Going Mental

How Religion Can Reduce Stress

Michelangelo
11 months ago

If you look at the broad literature that has been done on religious and spiritual beliefs and practices and how they relate to human health the large majority of the studies point to a positive influence that when people are religious or spiritual they tend to have lower levels of stress, anxiety ...

Going Mental

Philosophy is Not Dying

Gal_6417
11 months ago

I know some scientists, like Stephen Hawking, are trying to generate this impression that philosophy is dying.  They even use a very interesting term, experimental metaphysics.  They claim that today with the latest thing that quantum physics can do, we can put to an empirical test questions which ...

Going Mental

What's in a Name? Everything.

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11 months ago

Very often the first piece of information we have about a person is their name. It’s often the first thing you learn about someone and we form judgments about people very rapidly.  And those judgments accumulate, so the first piece of information is especially important.  It can lean you in a ...

Going Mental

Three Ways to Catch a Liar

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11 months ago

When we teach people how to catch liars, it takes us 32 hours.  And there are over 30 different things you look for.  I’ll tell you a couple of them in a minute, but if you’re going to remember them and use them and spot them you need a lot of practice. I could tell you exactly how to play ...