Who Do You Think ‘You’ Are? Get a Meta-Perspective on Your Three Selves for a Liberated Mind

“Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.” – G. I. Gurdjieff

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Why You Need Self-Compassion More Than Self-Esteem in Difficult Times, Study Shows

The literature of self-esteem tells us that we need to gain self-esteem to be succesful. But this might be all wrong and a widespread misconception, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 2500 students. I’ll introduce you to self-compassion as an alternative to self-esteem, and the reasons why you should develop self-compassion more than self-esteem. Continue reading

Negativity Bias: Why Negative Things Stand Out

Positive thinking can feel like a job to do, while negative thinking seems to happen more automatically. In fact, this is true at a very fundamental level of the brain, studies show. It is called the negativity biasContinue reading

Almost All People Want to Change Their Personality, Study Finds

A large-scale study by Hudson and Fraley (2016), published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, finds that almost all people between the ages of 18 to 70 want to change aspects of their personality. Continue reading

How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Psychological Research

What should you look for when buying a gift? This article tries to answer that question. A new paper, based on a survey of existing research, suggests that some gifts are great to give but not to receive. Scroll down and learn more from the infographic. Continue reading

Study: Your Generousity Creates More Generousity and Empathy in Others

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Human beings are social beings. The tendency to behave, talk and walk like others is what we call conformity, which has been documented in various studies. Continue reading

The Intuitive and Analytical Thinking Style: Which One is Yours?

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The human brain is sophisticated. It separates us from all other animals. It allows us to have abstract ideas and to solve complex problems. We are rational social beings, or are we? Continue reading

Analytical Thinkers are More Skeptical About Religious Ideas, Research Shows

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Four independent sets of studies show that there is a link between analytical thinking and religious disbelief. The results of the studies are described briefly in this post. Continue reading