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Going Mental

Goals Are What Help You Get Satisfaction

Jagger
about 1 year ago

If you look at life satisfaction and what makes people satisfied with their lives, most of it has a lot to do with people’s goals. So when we ask people how important money is to them when they are 18 and we look at their income at age 45, we find that the people that said at age 18 that money didn ...

Going Mental

We Are Overworked and Going Mad

Skeleton
about 1 year ago

I personally think that the biggest challenge we face as a society is to find ways to focus on parenting and families.  I think we are losing the technologies of social bonding.  We are losing the technologies of raising children.  We are all so busy.  We spend so much time at work. We’re ...

Going Mental

The Interpretation of Early Childhood Dreams

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about 1 year ago

Children’s dreams are a really interesting window into their developing minds.  There’s a group of researchers who have done dream research in children which is about as low-tech as it sounds.  You put the kids to sleep, and then you come in at various times in the night and you wake them up ...

Power and Influence

Whither Goest Thou, Desk Phone?

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Silicon Valley companies of all sizes are increasingly cutting employees' landline cords and exhorting them to use mobile phones and tablets in their stead. Google gave Android smartphones to most of its 53,000 workers, and the 15 staff at Schematic Labs are ...