Source: Free-Photos, heblo, & Chickenonline/Pixabay (Modifications: Arash Emamzadeh) Negotiation is a big part of life. For instance, you negotiate with your boss for a higher salary or more fair distribution of the workload, with a car dealer or home seller for a better price, and—the most difficult of all—with your little one about eating broccoli. Negotiations occur between businesses and political parties too, but, needless to say, these groups are represented by individuals. For example, the “ Iran Nuclear Deal ” resulted from a series of intense negotiations between representatives of Iran, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, France, and China. Similarly, Trump’s economic sanctions on Iran and his strategy of maximum pressure —which may have included the killing of Major Suleimani and potential cooperation with Israel in the killing of nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh in November—was supposedly intended to force Iran’s representatives to come to the negotiating … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Negotiation, Explained
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Online quizzes are a great way to answer questions like: Which Hogwarts house do you belong in? They are not ideal for answering questions like: What kind of therapeutic protocol should I follow? The best way to answer that question is by consulting a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist. However, this article may prove a helpful, fact-based guide to point you in a good direction. There are two commonalities to the therapies below. Firstly, some tend to forget the "therapy" part of psychedelic therapy. None of the treatments outlined below are solely about the substance. For each, it’s important to have a good relationship with the practitioner administering the substance. Secondly, all of these treatments work by, in some way or another, affecting the neuroplasticity in your brain. “Neuroplasticity” is not the amount of plastic in your neurons but rather something akin to the flexibility of your mind and the ability to transcend fixed routines or patterns of thought. MDMA … [Read more...] about What Kind of Psychedelic Therapy Is Right for You?
I’m always optimistic about my future. I hardly ever expect things to go my way. Which statement best reflects the way you view life? Statement 1 reflects a more optimistic view; while Statement 2 reflects a more pessimistic approach. Researchers suggest that our behavior is goal-driven and optimism or pessimism is the outlook that we adopt when we encounter a challenge to our goals . For example, how do you feel after a job interview? Are you generally positive about it went, or do you typically have a more negative interpretation of events? Researchers suggest that an optimist will likely see the world as full of potential opportunities, and as a result are more willing to take action. In contrast, a pessimist tends to feel hopeless about their future, which results in a more passive approach to events because they believe their efforts will be futile. Why does your outlook on life events matter? That is what I wanted to explore. I conducted a study where I … [Read more...] about Feeling Sad? A Little Optimism Can Go a Long Way
Alcohol is the most widely consumed drug worldwide. For many, drinking is as much a part of daily life as having dinner. Although we consume it regularly, we don't really know what it does to us, or why it causes some of us to suddenly find streaking naked through a college campus a brilliant idea. Alcohol, according to conventional wisdom , is a depressant. Yet, that doesn't fully explain alcohol's effects. People often drink to liven up a party, not mellow it out. A few drinks can spark energy, elation, and excitement; it gives you a buzz. Alcohol may be more than simply a depressant. Classification of drugs can be explained by their chemical targets within the brain. Stimulants may influence dopamine or norepinephrine. Depressants target a chemical called GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter within the brain. As early research failed to show that alcohol targeted a specific receptor, scientists speculated that alcohol non-specifically altered cell membranes. … [Read more...] about Your Brain on Alcohol
People give advice to each other all the time in all kinds of relationships. Whether it’s with your closest romantic partner, a family member, or a co-worker, it’s likely that advice-giving is a frequent aspect of your many interactions. “Should I wear this outfit today?”, your partner asks. You suggest something else you consider more attractive. Much to your surprise, your partner responds, “That’s okay, I’ll stick with my original choice.” Inwardly, you feel annoyed, but you decide to let it go as it’s not that important. But what if this is a regular pattern? What if your partner never listens to you, on matter small or large? Perhaps the person who ignores your advice isn’t as close to you as your romantic partner, but is an important individual in your life, nonetheless. You might have a relative who asks you for advice in planning a (socially distanced) family picnic. You spend several hours researching various potential sites, putting together a menu, and coming up with … [Read more...] about How do You Handle People Who Ignore Your Advice?