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Most traditional views of human relationships consider the 'pair-bond' to be the natural state of things. But a new and fairly convincing theory is gaining momentum that challenges this view. What if we weren't built exclusively for monogamy? It would certainly do a lot explain why relationships are so difficult to manage...
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The idea that our rational mind and our irrational mind are two sides of the same coin is as old as philosophical thought. Equally as old is the notion that we should try to control our emotions, our desires and our automatic thoughts. But what if that kind of thinking is hurting us?
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Dreams have long been considered to be a hotline to our unconscious or contain portents for the future. Problem is, no one seems to quite have figured out how it works. Fact of the matter is that our sleeping brains are probably scrambling any kind of message that might exist. Doesn't mean dreams aren't useful tools though. Just depends how you use them
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You might have heard of priming before, but probably not like this. Learn how your brain can be activated by certain words and concepts that will change how you act and think long after you've forgotten about them.
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Why the best part of your brain is hiding under the stairs. Brains are weird. But fascinating. The most fascinating thing about it might very well be a complete accident. Learn what happens when natural selection shoots from outside the 3 point line (and scores)
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When Dr Kubler-Ross put together the 5 stages of grief, she probably had no idea just how corrupted they'd get, nor how much damage they might do to the people who could most benefit. Learn what she really meant and in what way they still apply today.
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How many people will go against everything they believe just because a few other people said so? Well, Solomon Asch found out in the 1950's. It's not everyone, but the number might surprise you. To save you a click, about 75% of people will to some extent and about a third will do it most of the time. Harrowing huh?
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Want to know what happens when you lock up 24 young blokes in a pretend prison, half as guards and half as prisoner? Well, let's be honest, you already have an idea. But I bet you won't believe just how far things went. To save you a click, I'll give you a hint; there was a riot within two days. So, very, very badly. You'll have to read the article to learn all the awful details.
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Do people shut you down very often? Hurt your feelings, insult you and your ideas? Well, maybe it's not so simple as being around bad people. Maybe there's something more sinister going on... To save you a click, you might be high in rejection sensitivity, a serious problem and a very common one.
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Smiles aren't quite as innocuous as they seem. Learn how to spot a fake smile and find out how smiles effect our emotions in ways you wouldn't think of. To save you a click, certain muscles in the face around the eyes tell a fake from a real (Duchenne) smile and when you smile, your brain assumes you're happy so it makes it so.
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