Self-Improvement vs. Self-Acceptance
When does the American spirit of endless self-improvement come at the expense of self-acceptance? Perfection is the enemy of good and can cause stress and dissatisfaction.
What's the Latest Development?
A survey that once placed American women into two broad categories, the 'never-enoughs' and the 'good-enoughs', found that the latter category, those more content with their lot in life, led happier personal lives and advanced equally in their careers as the 'never-enoughs'. One author of that study, Becky Gillespie, says society's conflicting definitions of success can cause major turmoil: "We need the courage to choose which definition of success we want."
What's the Big Idea?
Since Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, it seems like America has been on an endless quest to improve itself. It's a character trait that other nations find amusing, but for America, the promise of success may carry certain risks. A higher tolerance of income inequality is one result of the attitude, since we are given to believing that the world can be ours if we work just a little harder... The Occupy Wall Street movement may represent a change, that we no longer even want to reach the pinnacle of power.
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The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
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