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What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of Maslow’s Hierarchy, there is not much recent data to support it. Contemporary science — specifically Dr. Edward Deci, hundreds of Self-Determination Theory researchers, and thousands of studies — instead points to three universal psychological needs. If you really want to advantage of this new science – rather than focusing on a pyramid of needs – you should focus on: autonomy, relatedness, and competence.


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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, November 28, 2014 4:55 PM

This struck such a cord with me.  I can pin point the moment when I recognised that my life was my responsibility, and can see the energy that flowed from that realisation and how it's influenced every decision and action in my life. We introduce the idea to our students in a general way, (Why is it your Mum's fault that you left your homework at home?Isn't it your responsibility?) but certainly don't help them to appreciate it deeply in their lives.

Jason Leong's curator insight, January 3, 2015 12:14 AM

"Despite the popularity of Maslow’s Hierarchy, there is not much recent data to support it. Contemporary science [...] instead points to three universal psychological needs. If you really want to [take] advantage of this new science – rather than focusing on a pyramid of needs – you should focus on: autonomy, relatedness, and competence."

Steven Verjans's curator insight, April 15, 10:04 AM
Harvard Business Review article about Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and Deci & Ryan's self-determination theory.
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The Pleasures of Adultery

The Pleasures of Adultery | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Brief Encounter, 1945 Part of the problem is how keen we are to say, at once, how deeply awful it is. Society moves with unhelpful speed from recognition to condemnation.
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Afraid Of Being 'Found Out?' How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Afraid Of Being 'Found Out?' How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Impostor Syndrome is the domain of the high-achiever. Those who often fear being "found out" have a tendency to attribute their success to external factors – like luck or a helping hand. Unsurprisingly, women tend to do this more often than men who are are more likely to attribute their successes to a combination of internal factors, such as grit, talent, brains and sheer hard work.

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"High achievers tend to focus more on what they haven’t done versus what they have.   Take Dr. Margaret Chan, Chief of the World HealthOrganization, for example.  She once said: ”There are an awful lot of people out there who think I’m an expert. How do these people believe all this about me? I’m so much aware of all the things I don’t know.”"

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Why women leave men they love - What every man needs to know

Why women leave men they love - What every man needs to know | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
As a marriage counsellor, there's one thing I wish every man understood: Women leave men they love. Here's why -
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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.
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This 5-Step Mental Workout Will Make You Smarter

This 5-Step Mental Workout Will Make You Smarter | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Dan Hurley, author of Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, advises that you put some brain sneakers on and get mentally moving.
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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.
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New Atheism, Old Empire | Jacobin

New Atheism, Old Empire | Jacobin | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
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As someone who dances between the dichotomy of secular and spiritual, both with their value and their drawbacks, I really enjoyed this takedown of the intellectual nearsightedness of the New Atheist movement and the way it functions as a cover for imperialism.

 

"If its imperialism and racism aren’t enough, New Atheism’s intellectual foundations are also exceptionally weak. Whether directed at Catholicism, Paganism, or Islam, the methodology employed to expose the inherent “irrationality” of all religions betrays a fundamental misunderstanding (or perhaps misrepresentation) of the nature of religious discourses, beliefs, and practices.

 

The typical New Atheist text scrutinizes religious myths without attention to, or even awareness of, the multiplicity of social and theological debates they have provoked, the manifold ideological guises their interpreters have assumed, or the secular belief systems they have helped to influence."

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The Critical Importance of Kindness

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Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
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If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk? – Eric Schwitzgebel – Aeon

If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk? – Eric Schwitzgebel – Aeon | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude
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YES! 'The jerk himself is both intellectually and emotionally defective, and what he defectively fails to appreciate is both the intellectual and emotional perspectives of the people around him. He can’t appreciate how he might be wrong and others right about some matter of fact; and what other people want or value doesn’t register as of interest to him, except derivatively upon his own interests.'

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YES! 'The jerk himself is both intellectually and emotionally defective, and what he defectively fails to appreciate is both the intellectual and emotional perspectives of the people around him. He can’t appreciate how he might be wrong and others right about some matter of fact; and what other people want or value doesn’t register as of interest to him, except derivatively upon his own interests.'

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Why You’re Happily Married and Having an Affair

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What if an affair, like in the case of Showtime’s ‘The Affair,’ happens to good people who love their spouses? What if it’s about self-discovery rather than selfish carnal impulses?
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The Philosophy of Oral Sex - YouTube

We're generally keener on performing it than thinking about why we do so. Here's a small attempt to redress the balance. It's a thesis about loneliness. Plea...
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"Nothing is erotic that isn't also, with the wrong person, revolting". Interesting ideas on why things turn us on.

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On Making Better Porn

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The online world is flooded with every conceivable kind of sexual image. A substantial percentage of all internet searches (perhaps as high as 25%) are for pornographic material.
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No Sex, With Strings Attached

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A growing number of adults openly avow no interest in sexual contact. What happens when one of them falls for someone who wants to get laid?
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Relationship expert: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is the greatest thing ever for women ... and men

Relationship expert: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is the greatest thing ever for women ... and men | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
VIDEO: Relationship expert Esther Perel explains why
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Wole Soyinka, the First African Writer to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature, on Faith, Medicine, and the Healing of the Human Spirit

Wole Soyinka, the First African Writer to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature, on Faith, Medicine, and the Healing of the Human Spirit | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
What a continent's "rich tapestry of intuitive forces" can teach us about healing, of body and of soul.
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Why The Way We Motivate People--And Ourselves--Matters

Why The Way We Motivate People--And Ourselves--Matters | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Reaching for the easy motivational rewards, instead of digging deep for sustainable ones, makes for an unstable culture.
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Three Methods for Working with Chaos – Lion's Roar

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Pema Chödrön describes three ways to use our problems as the path to awakening and joy, excerpted from "When Things Fall Apart."
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What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

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There's more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.
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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

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How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love. "If you imagine less, less will b
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The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health

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The belief that hidden memories can be "recovered" in therapy should have been exorcised years ago.
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A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness | Sexuality, Psychology, Relationships & Culture | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness.
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