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People Find Selflessness Attractive, Study Reports

People Find Selflessness Attractive, Study Reports | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In a new study, researchers found that when people looked for long-term partners, they rated altruism as an attractive trait.

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 15, 2013 6:45 AM

When it comes to finding a partner for life, there are certain characteristics that people look for. Even though people might report that they look for different things in their potential mates, ranging from physical appearance to intelligence, researchers have found that certain traits seem to be attractive to the majority of people. Some of these traits include honesty and loyalty. Now, according to new research done by a team from the University of Nottingham and Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, altruism or selfless behavior can also be considered a very attractive trait.

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:33 AM

empathy or selective empathy? 

Laura Brown's comment, September 15, 2013 11:16 AM
Of course they find selflessness attractive. It's great to have someone do your bidding and not complain about it.
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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 | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness.
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College social life can predict well-being at midlife : NewsCenter

College social life can predict well-being at midlife : NewsCenter | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

It’s well known that being socially connected promotes a person’s overall and psychological health.  A new study from the University of Rochester now shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has at 20—and the quality of social relationships that person has at age 30—can benefit her well-being later in life.

 
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Four Great Gratitude Strategies

Four Great Gratitude Strategies | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
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Over the past two decades, much of the research on happiness can be boiled down to one main prescription: give thanks.

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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Annette Tonkin's curator insight, July 23, 7:25 PM

This article reviews the research done on the effects of being in nature on the brain. To help de-stress your patients it might be worth asking them to spend some time in nature. It is likely to have a positive effect on the brain and help with ruminating too much 

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Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education

Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

I wish to raise my hand. Well, I raise it. But who raises it? Who is the “I” who raises my hand? Certainly it is not exclusively the “I” who is standing here talking, the “I” who signs the checks and has a history behind him, because I do not have the faintest idea how my hand was raised. All I know is that I expressed a wish for my hand to be raised, whereupon something within myself set to work, pulled the switches of a most elaborate nervous system, and made thirty or forty muscles — some of which contract and some of which relax at the same instant — function in perfect harmony so as to produce this extremely simple gesture. And of course, when we ask ourselves, how does my heart beat? how do we breathe? how do I digest my food? — we do not have the faintest idea.

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The mindful media diet: how to consciously consume and digest the news

Understanding how we digest the news has the power to stop us becoming passive media consumers and benefit our wellbeing, argues psychologist Matt Hersh
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Muito prazer, eu sou o seu sintoma.

Muito prazer, eu sou o seu sintoma. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Já pensou se o seu sintoma tivesse a chance de te escreve um carta? Garanto que seria alguma coisa assim: "Olá, tenho muitos nomes: dor de joelho, abscesso, dor de estômago, reumatismo, asma, mucos...
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Why humans evolved to feel happiness - YouTube

The creators of Pixar’s new film Inside Out weren’t just speculating when they broke human emotions into five distinct categories (and corresponding animated...
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Featured in DrugAbuse.com

Featured in DrugAbuse.com | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Early in my recovery, I had what a friend prescribed as spiritual constipation. I was stuck in the mire of my own mind. I was handicapped by the petty resentments and regrets that come from a life guided by the selfish pursuit of the next drink, bump, pill, or whatever would ease the anxiety that constantly permeated through me. Though, I knew I could no longer drink—it stopped working—I still resented the fact that I couldn’t do it. The Adderall and the Klonopin were not working either. I felt both profoundly empty and I knew I was wasting my life. All these perceived short
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The Key To Genius May Be Learning To Ignore Something Your Brain Wants To Tell You

The Key To Genius May Be Learning To Ignore Something Your Brain Wants To Tell You | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
You've got a great filter. But it may be holding you back.
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The brain's social network: Nerve cells interact like friends on Facebook

The brain's social network: Nerve cells interact like friends on Facebook | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network, according to new research. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.
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How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Research suggests that speaking another language fluently changes what you pay attention to and how you remember events. But some say the idea that language can make you see and think differently is overblown.
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Happier Tweets, Healthier Communities

Happier Tweets, Healthier Communities | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research finds county-level mortality from heart disease can be accurately predicted by analyzing the emotional language of local Twitter users.
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Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
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I Don't Hate You, I Have Social Anxiety

I Don't Hate You, I Have Social Anxiety | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, the more interested I am in getting to know a particular person, the worse this will be. If I really want someone to like me, I'm extra careful with what I say, which then ends up being little or nothing at all.
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Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal

Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Monkeys and rats hooked up as
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Annette Tonkin's curator insight, July 23, 7:39 PM

This is a really thoughtful article especially related to how social our brains are and how the influence of others can have on us. It is worth reading for 2 reasons. 

Firstly, in relation to what might be possible clinically for patients who have lost the ability to perform an action 

Secondly, potentially how powerful the influence of others can have on us without us even knowing. Patients who are surrounded by negative influences may really struggle to overcome the adversity of an injury without taking this influence into consideration

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3 New Books Explain the Roots of Altruism

3 New Books Explain the Roots of Altruism | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND
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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
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Annette Tonkin's curator insight, July 14, 5:17 PM

A thought provoking perspective on the cause of addiction

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Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness - Complete Health and Happiness

Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness - Complete Health and Happiness | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.  According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly …
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How to let altruism be your guide

How to let altruism be your guide | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.
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Brené Brown on Blame - YouTube

You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker ...
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Without Friends or Family, even Extraordinary Experiences are Disappointing

Without Friends or Family, even Extraordinary Experiences are Disappointing | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Happiness is inherently social, two studies find
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Tammie Fowles's curator insight, February 11, 6:24 PM

A reminder yet again of the importance of having a tribe....

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How to Change Your Mind to Change Your Life: Why You Need a New Personality to Make a New Personal Reality

How to Change Your Mind to Change Your Life: Why You Need a New Personality to Make a New Personal Reality | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
That's why I have to share the best of what I've learned here, (and included Dr. Joe on my online interview series with the top personal growth and wellness experts that changed my life -- this stuff is truly transformative....
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Annette Tonkin's curator insight, July 20, 10:14 PM

Changing your thoughts is takes a lot of work, patience and persistence but if you want to feel differently you will need to change the way your brain processes and repeats thoughts.

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Can Connection Cure Addiction?

Can Connection Cure Addiction? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.
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