For this study, Kober and colleagues designed an experiment to investigate if a brief 20-minute introductory "crash course" on mindful acceptance could help meditation-naïve participants (with no formal training in mindfulness or meditation) improve their capacity to down-regulate physical pain and negative emotions. … [Read more...] about Does “Mindful Acceptance” Reduce Pain and Negative Emotions?
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There is a blueprint for human nature, Yale sociologist Nicholas Christakis argues. Just as a building’s blueprint limits what the final structure will look like or how it will function, it doesn’t determine either of these factors. You can’t build a skyscraper with the blueprint of a cottage but how the skyscraper will ultimately function is determined downstream, not in the architect’s office. … [Read more...] about Love Yourself First? What a Mistake
As I answered my friend, “social media may be here to stay – but you have to decide for yourself whether or not you’ll stay on it, and if so, how.” Though the genie is out of the bottle, we may find, as Shakya and Christakis put it, “online social interactions are no substitute for the real thing,” and that in-person, healthy relationships are vital to society and our own individual wellbeing. We would do well to remember that truth and not put all our eggs in the social media basket. We would do well not to blindly follow the social media siren, which while promising connection and democratization, actually degrades well-being, makes us more opinionated and less related, empowers and enriches a few, monetizes our relationships and strips away our privacy. … [Read more...] about Is Facebook Destroying Society and Your Mental Health?
Staying connected. Seeing things from your child's perspective and acknowledging their feelings. Staying calm. Looking for win/win solutions. Helping kids with the upset feelings that drive them to act out. Delighting in each child. But what if you feel trapped in resentment? What if there are hurt feelings and anger on both sides? What if you find yourself blowing up at your child, over and over? There's still a way out. … [Read more...] about My Valentine’s Wish for You
As co-founder of the organization Better Angels, Dr. Doherty has adapted techniques from couples therapy to help people with “red” and “blue” politics learn to listen to each other and develop mutual respect and understanding. Some of these techniques involve seeing the person beyond the stereotype, active listening, speaking from personal experience, respecting different points of view, and looking for common ground (Better Angels, 2020). … [Read more...] about Does Stress Make Us Selfish?