‘Negative visualisation generates a vastly more dependable calm’

“Confronting the worst-case scenario saps it of much of its anxiety-inducing power. Happiness reached via positive thinking can be fleeting and brittle; negative visualisation generates a vastly more dependable calm.” — Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Guilted into trying

Things are never perfect the first time around, a bit better than second, and mind a few tweaks, they seem be just about right in the third and fourth efforts. The fear of failure is good quality control. It ensures that in the process of disrupting ourselves, we appreciate the challenge of ascendancy. Riding the […]

How Japan uses blue LED light panels on station platforms to prevent suicides

Tokyo runs 13 billion passenger trips each year, making its train stations some of the busiest in the world. Using sound design and various other psychological nudges, rail stations are able to bring some order to the chaos. One of the most effective tactics has been its use of blue LED mood lighting to prevent suicide […]

Dear Sheeple, are you part of the herd?

Each individual reduces danger to itself by moving to the center of the group. The herd appears as a unit, but its function emerges from the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals. We copy others out of safety, thinking that it’s better to conform rather than be ostracized. So like lemmings, we do whatever else is doing, including […]

Michael Pollan goes tripping on psychedelics for his new book

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That’s the short and sweet dietary advice offered by journalist Michael Pollan. But after writing Cooked, now he’s back with a new challenge: psychedelics. Pollan’s autobiography on his first-hand experience with LSD and mushrooms are sure to interest people once more. He tells the Financial Times: “There is […]

When sharing is forgetting

We are not only taking too many photographs and spending little time looking at them, but we’re also inhibiting in our memory in the act. In a recent study done by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, those who document and Instagram their images are consistently less likely to remember their experience compared to the […]

The woman who never forgets…anything

Imagine having a “highly superior autobiographical memory” (H.S.A.M). That’s the case for Australian Rebecca Sharrock who remembers everything from the time she was born to what she did on any particular Saturday a decade ago. ALL in clear detail. [clickToTweet tweet=”‘People can remember what they did last Saturday but I can remember what I did […]

‘Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation’

[bha size=’120×120′ variation=’01’ align=’alignright’]Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds. — [easyazon_link identifier=”080701429X” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Man’s Search for […]

Types of cognitive bias

The race to the bottom begins when what you think you know, you know. I am once again reminded of this Seth Godin quotes from [easyazon_link identifier=”1591845335″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]All Marketers Are Liars[/easyazon_link]: The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead, the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members […]

The paradox of jumping through hoops

We chase the ephemeral pixels when boring is the most interesting. We jump through hoops to please others when it is disobedience that leads to innovation. ‘Think different’ is a clarion call for doing better, assuming the maintenance. We obsess with material goods when the fulfillment of life hinges on love and experience. The paradoxes […]

Tips for boosting your memory and brain power

If you’re looking to boost your memory and brain power, this video contains some excellent tips and reminders. In summary: Exercise. Physical exercise helps form new brain cells and solidifies existing neurons. It also increases the hippocampus brain area which is responsible for memory and learning Never stop learning. Learning something new builds new brain cells. In […]

Human brains are hardwired for rural landscapes

According to a study done by psychologists at Exeter University, humans are hardwired for rural environments. An MRI scanner revealed that human brains grow confused at the image of cities. Meanwhile, reviewing photos of the countryside calmed down the mind to a meditative state. Reports researcher Dr. Ian Frampton: “When looking at urban environments the brain is […]

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