Everything good in life is illegal, immoral or fattening—or so the saying goes. A few centuries ago religious authorities sought to codify that sentiment into a handy list, which we know today as the seven deadly sins. In this special issue devoted to them, we explore how desires take shape and influence our thoughts, alongside the scientific insights that can help us meet our goals.
We often think of temptations as the ruin of diets, oaths and ambitions, yet their pull is a natural part of life. They can even be meaningful. As psychologists Jan Crusius and Thomas Mussweiler suggest in “Envy: The Feeling Can Help Us Even When It Hurts,” envy may alert us that we face a disadvantage, thus motivating us to take action.
Via Ashish Umre