Source: Wikimedia Commons | Nobu Tamura People have long pondered what consciousness actually is. Consciousness seems very different from other biological functions—like some sort of nonmaterial essence within our heads. Thoughts and feelings seem ethereal, untethered from anything physical. Self-awareness seems like a phenomenon utterly divorced from anything that could possibly be produced by cells comprised of physical particles. People used to think of life itself that way too, and many still do. But biologists solved the enigma of what makes things alive mid-way through the twentieth century, the foundations of that understanding having been built over the preceding century. Before that, living things were believed to possess some sort of animating essence that accounted for their difference from inanimate matter. People could not imagine how the same material particles that comprise inanimate matter could be arranged in such a way as to make something alive , without … [Read more...] about What Actually Is Consciousness, and How Did It Evolve?
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This is the first in a series focused on understanding and supporting children who are highly sensitive (HS) by nature, aka, temperament. Because these children are wired to register their experiences in the world more intensely, they get triggered into stress -mode more quickly. They get overwhelmed by their big emotions which makes them feel out of control. This naturally results in more meltdowns. It also results in children developing all sorts of coping mechanisms to try to gain control of a world that feels like too much to manage a lot of the time. This can lead to a range of challenges that, while not exclusive to HS children, occur more frequently and with greater intensity for them. resilience . These include being: intense and reactive fearful and cautious/ anxious inflexible bossy easily frustrated a perfectionist a sore loser easily slighted (take things more personally) self-conscious very defensive or avoidant when corrected overly … [Read more...] about Is Your Child a Big Reactor? Inflexible? Irrational?
I think that I may take a stroll, And buy myself a toilet roll. At home it will be safely stowed, With the other pallet-load. — Pam Ayres Panic buying is common during disasters like the coronavirus pandemic. Before a winter storm, for example, somewhat irrationally, consumers tend to strip grocery store shelves bare of the so-called holy trinity of bread, milk, and eggs. In contrast, when a hurricane is about to hit, indulgences such as liquor and Pop-Tarts, and bottled water are popular purchases. After an earthquake, especially a severe one , pretty much everything in the grocery store is fair game for panic shoppers. What's more, panic buying of any item can even break out without any reason at all, simply based on rumor . As I've written on this blog , panic buying does not make for smart shopping decisions. In fact, it can have severe negative ramifications on consumers’ personal finances. This begs the questions: Why do consumers panic buy? And … [Read more...] about Why Are We Panic Buying During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Whether it's at a party or on a plane, when people find out that I study shyness , the first question they invariably ask me is: "Are we born shy?" The answer to that question is absolutely not! There is no way that we can be born shy. The Role of Self: A Necessary Component The principal reason you cannot be born shy is that shyness is characterized by three major features: excessive self-consciousness, excessive negative self-evaluation, and excessive negative self-preoccupation. All three characteristic features of shyness involve a sense of self. And the sense of self does not develop until approximately 18 months of age. Since individuals are not born with a sense of self, they cannot be born shy. When making such a statement, the next question people typically ask me is, "How do we know that individuals are not born with a sense of self?" Such a question is not only of interest to shyness researchers, but has also attracted the attention of some of the world's … [Read more...] about Are We Born Shy?
A striking example of the use of the creative homospatial process — conceiving two or more discrete entities occupying the same space, a conception leading to the articulation of new identities (Psychology Reports, July 21, 2015) — coming from architecture, derives from the thinking of American outstanding architect Louis Kahn. The particular case, his design for the Palazzo dei Congressi in Venice, was not executed but was shown in a Single Building Exhibition in 1968, Kahn’s last exhibition during his lifetime. In making the design for this civic theatre, Kahn reported that he was from the first confronted with the problem of providing for the assemblage of a large crowd of people in a building to be constructed on a narrow and extended lot. The solution he arrived at, represented in the diagrammatic drawing shown, https://cdn.psychologytoday.com/sites/default/files/field_blog_entry_ima... Source: Used with permission Kahn and Klotz he discussed as follows: … [Read more...] about Creativity in Architecture: The Case of Louis Kahn