Strive At Your Own Risk

proisraeli via Compfight Human beings are strivers.  This has been a common theme of different theories of psychology over the years: we thrive on accomplishment.  You could argue that this human need for mastery goes all the way back to the first amoeba struggling to crawl its way out of the primordial slime.  We have […]

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Following Yourself in the Wrong Direction

Gerry Balding via Compfight You may have heard of humorous stories of baby ducklings who follow around humans because they are genetically programmed to “imprint” on the first creature they see (presumably their mother, but not always–see cute duckling imprinting video here.) Because of this interesting phenomena, the name “duckling effect” is sometimes used to […]

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5 Wellness Strategies that Don’t Work (and 5 that Do)

Gideon via Compfight Strategies that don’t work: 1.  Diet – Diets in and of themselves rarely work and cannot be sustained indefinitely.  The longer someone is on a diet, the harder it gets.  Dieters tend to stretch their willpower too far and eventually end up caving in to temptation usually ending up right back where […]

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Necessary Evils

peasap via Compfight One of the worst parts of being a parent is delivering bitter medicine to a child.  When one of my sons had an eye infection for example, I had to administer eye drops a couple of times a day.  This can be very traumatic for a small child (so much so, that […]

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The Allocation of Willpower

Britt-Marie Sohlström via Compfight Willpower is a limited resource.  When you expend it, by exerting your self-control, you are left weaker.  Eventually it replenishes itself, with rest, time for recovery, and nourishment (glucose.)  Everyone has a fixed quantity of willpower that they can invest in regulating themselves to work towards the goals that are most […]

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Excluding the Elderly Hurts the Excluders

Today’s article is from a guest blogger, Ben Thomas, an author, journalist, inventor and independent researcher who studies consciousness and the brain. His neuroscience newsgroup, The Connectome, reports the latest brain research on Facebook and Google+, and lots of his articles are available at http://the-connectome.com. Ronn aka “Blue” Aldaman via Compfight We’ve got a very strange relationship with our elders. I […]

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