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‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term

October 13, 2013


Originally posted on Health & Family:
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror…

Stumped by a Problem? This Technique Unsticks You – Association for Psychological Science

September 26, 2013


Stuck solving a problem? Seek the obscure, says Tony McCaffrey, a psychology PhD from the University of Massachusetts. “There’s a classic obstacle to innovation called ‘functional fixedness,’ which is the tendency to fixate on the common use of an object or its parts. It hinders people from solving problems.” McCaffrey has developed a systematic way […]

Why you should learn to lucid dream

September 24, 2013


Lucid dreaming is when you experience full consciousness while dreaming. You know that you are in a dream and you discover that you can do absolutely anything you like in it. What generally causes you to become conscious without waking up is when you notice something so incongruous that you would never see in real […]

The Psychology of Freedom | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

August 22, 2013


I’d like to examine the concept of freedom in a somewhat unusual way — from the viewpoint of motivational psychology. The starting point is to realize that there are basically four ways of influencing behavior: reward, punishment, restraint, and compulsion. Reward means offering the subject something good for performing an action. Punishment means threatening the […]

9 Things That Will Change and Improve Your Life Forever – Cheezburger

July 25, 2013


Clever ways to get around some of life’s most persistent problems. via 9 Things That Will Change and Improve Your Life Forever – Cheezburger.

Why We Procrastinate

December 6, 2012


Procrastination is often listed as one of the top things most of us would like to change about ourselves. We all sometimes put things off for later when we should do them today, but it can become a serious problem when it systematically affects our performance and our lives. Procrastination itself isn’t the problem, it’s […]

Pursuing Your Passion: From Heavy Metal to Fine Watchmaking

September 13, 2012


My first thought was heavy metal and luxury watches don’t seem to go together at all, but this is a fascinating interview I came across online about a heavy metal guitarist who became one of the best watchmakers in the world. In the interview he speaks about pursuing your passion and excelling at what you […]