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Thinking About Giving, Not Receiving, Motivates People to Help Others -- Sott.net

Thinking About Giving, Not Receiving, Motivates People to Help Others -- Sott.net | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We're often told to 'count our blessings' and be grateful for what we have. And research shows that doing so makes us happier. But will it actually change our behavior towards others? A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of...
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If You're Not Materialistic, You're Probably Pretty Happy

If You're Not Materialistic, You're Probably Pretty Happy | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research indicates the less obsessed consumers are with materialism, the happier both they and the environment will be.
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Good news doesn’t just cheer us up

Good news doesn’t just cheer us up | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Studies have shown how we are more likely to remember negative events than good ones, which may be a factor in the media’s focus on bad news. But good news does more than simply cheer us up; new research shows how it also affects behaviour and benefits society
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Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Science of Success

Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Science of Success | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Giving, taking, and matching are three fundamental styles of social interaction, but the lines between them aren’t hard and fast. You might find that you shift from one reciprocity style to another as you travel across different work roles and relationships. 

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Generation Me

Generation Me | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

GenMe's focus on the needs of the individual is not necessarily self-absorbed or isolationist: instead, it's a way of moving through the world beholden to few social rules and with the unshakable belief that you're important. We speak the language of the self as our native tongue. So much of the "common sense" advice that's given these days includes some variation on "self:"


Worried about how to act in a social situation? "Just be yourself."


What's the good thing about your alcoholism/drug addiction/murder conviction? "I learned a lot about myself."


Concerned about your performance? "Believe in yourself." (Often followed by "and anything is possible.")


Should you buy the new pair of shoes or get the nose ring? "Yes, express yourself."


Why should you leave the unfulfilling relationship/quit the boring job/tell off your mother-in-law? "You have to respect yourself."


Trying to get rid of a bad habit? "Be honest with yourself."


Confused about the best time to date or get married? "You have to love yourself before you can love someone else."


Should you express your opinion? "Yes, stand up for yourself."
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Being Lonely Could Be Worse For You Than Being Obese

Being Lonely Could Be Worse For You Than Being Obese | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Loneliness may not just make you sad. It could also be a major factor in causing premature death, new research has found.

Feelings of extreme isolation can increase the chance of dying prematurely by a whopping 14 percent, said University of Chic...
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Loneliness is More Deadly than Obesity

Loneliness is More Deadly than Obesity | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Being lonely isn't bad for you, but staying lonely is more deadly than being obese.
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The One Question That Can Identify A Narcissist

The One Question That Can Identify A Narcissist | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
Published: 08/05/2014 02:25 PM EDT on LiveScience

Are you a narcissist? Turns out, one question could reveal the tendency to think the world revolves around you. People who have an inflated sense of self will readily...
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Psst. Look Over Here.

Psst. Look Over Here. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Eye contact — even with characters on food packages — makes us feel a connection.
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Why people confuse “fairness” with self-interest

Why people confuse “fairness” with self-interest | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Does everything seem unfair? Your brain creates that feeling.

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Our unhealthy obsession with choice

Our unhealthy obsession with choice | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we're making collectively.

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Your Happiness Makes Your Friends Happy, Too

Your Happiness Makes Your Friends Happy, Too | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
And your friends' friends, and even your friends' friends' friends, research shows.
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Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.

Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.

 

The human brain can be exquisitely attuned to other people, thanks in part to its so-called mirror system. The mirror system is composed of a network of brain regions that become active both when you perform an action (say, squeezing a rubber ball in your hand) and when you observe someone elsewho performs the same action (squeezing a rubber ball in his hand).

 

 

Our brains appear to be able to intimately resonate with others’ actions, and this process may allow us not only to understand what they are doing, but also, in some sense, to experience it ourselves — i.e., to empathize.

 

 

In our study, we induced a set of participants to temporarily feel varying levels of power by asking them to write a brief essay about a moment in their lives.

 

 

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Does this mean that the powerful are
heartless beings incapable of empathy?
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by Michael Inzlicht is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. 


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Love People, Not Pleasure

Love People, Not Pleasure | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What do fame, wealth and lots of sex bring? Exactly the opposite of what you think.
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Think yourself well

Think yourself well | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
THE link between mind and body is terrain into which many medical researchers, fearing ridicule, dare not tread. But perhaps more should do so. For centuries,...
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How Happiness Makes You Healthy | LIVESTRONG.COM

How Happiness Makes You Healthy | LIVESTRONG.COM | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Move over, Descartes: The debate over whether the mind and body are separate is officially finished. During the past 50 years, scientists have discovered not only that the mind and body are connected, but that they are intimately and inextricably intertwined.

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A Tiny Good Deed Can Go a Long Way

A Tiny Good Deed Can Go a Long Way | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The slightly selfish way of doing nice things for people.
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Social Media Is a Narcissism Enabler - NYTimes.com

Narcissism clearly leads to more social media use, social media use leads to positive self-views, and people who need a self-esteem boost turn to social media. By Jean Twenge.
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Loneliness Can Kill You. Don’t Let It.

Loneliness Can Kill You. Don’t Let It. | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. The reasons for my move were purely logical. New York was expensive and stressful. Portland, I reasoned, would offer me the space and time to do my work. Upon arriving, I rented a house and happily went out...
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How to Make Things Instantly Better (in 30 Milliseconds or less) - Fulfillment Daily

How to Make Things Instantly Better (in 30 Milliseconds or less) - Fulfillment Daily | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
You’re feeling down and need a quick pick-me-up. Maybe you’ve found yourself in a silly argument you realize you’d like to get out of. You want to make things better, fast. What can you do?
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Study: Racial stereotyping linked to creative stagnation

Study: Racial stereotyping linked to creative stagnation | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People prone to racial essentialism are more closed-minded, and less creative
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How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?

 

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Why do immigrants provoke such strong feelings of both empathy and revulsion, a polarization that pits fourth graders in Berkeley against the citizens of Murrieta?

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What characteristics and qualities do Rodrigo’s classmates possess that the bus-stoppers do not? These are questions that psychologists and sociologists have been exploring for years—and their answers suggest how we can reduce the revulsion and foster a stronger sense of empathy with newcomers.

 

By Jeremy Adam Smith


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The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How the disconnect between information and insight explains our dangerous self-righteousness.

"Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of
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What makes you happy?

What makes you happy? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be happy. But how, exactly, does one go about it? Here, psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks and more gives answers that may surprise.
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Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds

Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Your emotional intelligence might not be as good as you think.
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The Key Ingredients You Need To Be Happier

The Key Ingredients You Need To Be Happier | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We all want to be happy, and we all have different ways of trying to achieve happiness. But as it turns out, you might be going about it all wrong.

June Gruber, a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder joined HuffPost Live h...
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