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Both individuals and organizations find personal reputations useful: http://bit.ly/1Gyve5k  Self-archived version at http://bit.ly/1wtmJrX
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"But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong -- and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it"

#addiction #psychology #recovery #health
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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Tasha Hart

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Hello, my name is Tasha Hart and I am a graduate student in the department of psychology at Austin Peay State University. I am conducting research for my Master’s thesis. This research is intended to identify possible relationships among perceptions of corporate social responsibility, job engagement, job satisfaction, and employee values. Adults, ages 18 and older who are currently employed are invited to participate in this study. Participation requires taking a survey, which will take approximately 5 -10 minutes. The survey is anonymous and participation is voluntary. 

This research study has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at Austin Peay State University. If you would like to participate in the research, please follow the link below. 
http://studentvoice.com/apsu/pcsrje 

Thank You!
Informed Consent The Department of Psychology at Austin Peay State University supports the practice of protection for human subjects participating in research. The following information is provided to help you decide whether you wish to participate in the present study.
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laurie corzett

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Good question ...

How can two Senators, with very similar backgrounds, be so polar opposite in how they view the world? Simple. One got a lot of money and feels entitled (there’s the real entitlement, GOP) and the other is humbled. One is threatened by people rising above their means and succeeding, the other champions it. One wants to keep the class of people poor, stupid, and desperate to win re-election while the other wants them to have a seat at the table.

This is the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Who will you vote for in 2016?
Two Senators, Joni Ernst and Elizabeth Warren, grew up very poor. However, Ernst's family has received copious amounts of federal dollars, while Elizabeth Warren's never took a dime. How then can E...
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Thanks for asking. The answer is most certainly yes!. The idea behind Bike and Brain is to bring awareness to the helping potential of the bicycle. Now of course the bike is not for everyone, but i...
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Read this article to know exactly why most of the so-called +Body Language & Nonverbal Communication  experts can interpret social situations in biased manner. (www.nonverbal-world.com/2015/01/this-is-what-i-want-to-see.html)
Social readings might be completely wrong. Read this article to know why exactly.
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Mihai Sorin

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http://psycholitera.com/uncategorized/obedience-to-authority/

Stanley Milgram, his experiments, his book.
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laurie corzett

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"Many people who want to analyse religions and their impacts on the followers look for explanations in the sacred texts to which they ascribe such as the Bible or Koran. However, in practice these texts are an amalgamation of multiple sources that are at times more or less contradictory of each other. Most people seem to be prepared to make compromises with religious injunctions in the conduct of their daily lives. I take the view that any impact of religion on people's behavior can only be understood in terms of the cultural context of a specific time and place and not by reading a text passed down for many centuries.

Khaled Fahmy, an Egyptian historian, was teaching at New York University on Sept. 11, 2001, after which American sales of the Quran spiked because readers sought religious explanations for the attack on New York.

“We try to explain that they are asking the wrong question,” he said. Religion, he argued, was “just a veneer” for anger at the dysfunctional Arab states left behind by colonial powers and the “Orientalist” condescension many Arabs still feel from the West."
The series of violent events that have been taking place in France have set off a new round of debate as to whether Islam as a religion has a particular propensity to support and promote violence. The killings at the French satirical newspaper pit two ideological positions against each other: ...
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Nitin Shah

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Understanding behaviour with ABCDE Model of REBT
 
An animated video explaining the ABCDE model from Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. The video includes both concept and example.
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Stephen J Buehler

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Evolutionary kindness & connection explained by Dacher Keltner of University of California, Berkeley http://j.mp/1F5gr58
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Stephen J Buehler

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The costs are too high for inaction! Research shows new-onset depression is 2x as likely for workers who are "occasionally bullied" and 10x for workers who are "frequently bullied." See http://j.mp/1B0IQVH
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Discussion of research and teaching in social psychology. Posts will be deleted if they include profanity or offensive views, if they are commercial in nature, or if they are not clearly related to social psychology. Short link to this page: http://bit.ly/googlesocpsyc Twitter hashtag: #GgleSocPsy

laurie corzett

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"“How is your heart?” has quite a few things going for it over “How are you?” It is more specific, allowing the person being asked to focus on just one aspect of their complex being. The unexpected question implicitly gives permission to the person being asked and allows them to pause, check in with their heart (both literally and metaphorically), and answer in a way that is likely to be genuine. Even if the person being asked isn’t interested in sharing a vulnerable response, a response like “my heart is angry” or “my heart is closed” is acceptable, giving the questioner an idea of how to transition or appropriately end the conversation.

How is your heart? When we start conversations by connecting our talking selves to our bodies, we bring more of ourselves into the interaction. We might recognize anxiety or stress that was otherwise bubbling under the surface, impacting us without our conscious awareness. Or it may help us recognize a feeling of expansiveness and joy that accompanies spending time with certain friends. Whatever the answer, it is likely to be useful."

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/on-social-conventions-and-getting-to-the-heart-of-how-we-are/7317
Our greetings matter as much as our answers. What happens when we intentionally bring our hearts to the forefront of our interactions? What happens if we take a page from the Tzoltzil Mayans and ask one another “How is your heart?”
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laurie corzett

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"As you can see, my feelings about Jack's autism diagnosis are as complicated as a prism with a thousand colors and angles and light. Some days, my doubts are soft whispers within my heart; other times it's as though someone is shouting in my ear.

I am not a scientist. I am not smart enough for that. But I am a mother. And although I am not really smart enough for that either, I do know autism from that angle. I know the rigidity and the obsessiveness and the rage over having an aide in school. I know the disappointment and the fear. I know the quiet longing that comes with being different or weird, because I see it every single day."
I am not a scientist. I am not smart enough for that. But I am a mother. And although I am not really smart enough for that either, I do know autism from that angle. I know the rigidity and the obsessiveness and the rage over having an aide in school...
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good article. thanks for posting.
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Mark Rubin
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Online Research Studies  - 
 
Your Evaluation of Sydney: Do you live in Sydney and fancy doing a psychology study? Let us know how you feel about Sydney in a 30 min, anonymous, online survey at http://svy.mk/158rWrK
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Iva Cek

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Dear all,

I am currently running a study on the implicit association test and your implicit preferences regarding flowers versus insects. The study is run by Iva Cek, a third year PhD student from the Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge, and by Dario Krpan, a third year PhD student from the Embodied Cognition lab at the University of Cambridge. The study is comprised of two separate assessments, an implicit association test and a Stroop colour task. As the study depends on being able to differentiate between different colours you will unfortunately not be able to participate if you happen to be colourblind. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

The study is online, can be taken from the comfort of your own home, and should not take longer than 20-30 minutes of your time. Participating in the study and providing us with your e-mail will automatically enter you into a prize draw to win one out of ten £20 Amazon.co.uk vouchers. The study has received ethical approval from the Cambridge Psychology Research Ethics Committee. For any queries or concerns please contact Iva Cek at ic274@cam.ac.uk. 

If you would like to participate in the study please follow this link: http://cambridge.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_exoXgowKDFxNyvj 

Thank you very much for your time,

Iva Cek and Dario Krpan
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Dorian Furtună

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In the context of events that suddenly started taking place across the globe, idealism is irrelevant. It is true that more hypotheses must fulfill and more circumstances should align for a global warfare to arise, but, as the French expert in geopolitics, Pierre Veluise, said, “After two World Wars, you don’t have to be a genius to realize that someday there will be a Third World War”.
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laurie corzett

Attitudes and Persuasion  - 
 
 
This article explores the cross-culturally prolific connection between religion and morality. It attempts to explain why the connection exists when evidence suggests there’s no need for it.
Picture: Public Domain via Wiki Commons. Every major religion makes the claim that without the guidance and instruction of gods, we would be immoral and brutal beings. Whether it is the Ten Commandments (pictured), the Hindu ...
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laurie corzett

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"Are all Christians responsible for Scott Phillip Roeder’s 2009 murder of Kansas Doctor George Tiller for performing abortions? Roeder said he killed in the name of his Christian religious belief.

Are all Jews responsible for Yigal Amir’s 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which Amir said he committed in the name of Orthodox Judaism’s views?"
Blaming all members of any group for the extreme actions of a few ignores one of the underlying reasons for those actions, which is not the ideology or belifs of the group, but just the sense of empowerment that comes from belonging to something more powerful than those individuals feel.
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"All societies, communities and families coerce and control members who frighten them. However, the kinds of behavior that frightens people varies enormously, and thus what is permissible to control and coerce varies enormously. So, while it would be fairly universal for a society to coerce and control someone who is physically attacking another of its members, it is quite historically exceptional—as is done in U.S. society—to use antipsychotic drugs to subdue a bored seven-year-old who is resisting classroom controls.

In December 2012, the Archives of General Psychiatry (renamed JAMA Psychiatry) reported that, between 1993-2009, there was a seven-fold increase of children 13 years and younger being prescribed antipsychotic drugs, and that nonpsychotic conditions such as “disruptive behavior disorders” were the most common diagnoses in children medicated with antipsychotics, accounting for 63% of those medicated."
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Power of Positive Thinking.

Science has now showed what mystics have known for thousands of generations.
Many people are negative about this because they resent what it means.

We have insufficient language to accurately describe the situation in a way which is pleasing to everyone and so we must describe it using various contexts such as science, religion, spirituality, magick and common sense. At face value these competitive and warring paradigms often contradict each other.

Fact one. Humans do not exclusively and ultimately know everything there is to know about everything. Most of it is outside of our perception and outside of our imaginations.

Fact two. Instead of projecting dogma onto the universe, we would be better to observe it, unprejudiced; then we can see what it is instead of seeing what we think it is, what we think we want it to be. This discipline of mind is a core teaching of both hardline shamanism and of objective science.

Fact three. The nature of the creation is creative; consciousness is a creative tool. The universe offers proof of our preconceptions. Returning to the original point of this post as outlined in the first paragraphs, what science has now showed to be real. We can understand and experience this only when we cleanse the mind of personal dogma, belief etc. It does appear at first glance to contradict fact two unless we achieve and maintain open-minded clarity, objectivity. This requires discipline of mind. What we radiate, returns as experience. Our minds program our experienced reality. This occurs both individually and collectively. Some people are more strong willed than others. The strength of manifestations based on self belief and on clarity of the mind.

Paradigm warfare and the psychic arena.
We are many generations into the realm of mind enslavement and programmed consciousness. We are all programmed to generate a version of what the individual calls 'normality' which is our comfort zone. We reinforce this with our activities; even if it is a disfunctional reality for ourselves and for other people. What others radiate, affects us. This works mentally, emotionally, and electromagnetically. The essences of the thoughtwaves as energy tells the quantum particles how to align in the physical dimension. The creation is holistic, it is designed to be interfaced by this method.

The buddhists use a word Sansara which in english language means both 'the confused mind' and 'the conditioned mind'. Studies have showed that mental programming can and often does override the individuals instinct and intuition. This is a factor in how humans broke away from nature to develop abstract thinking necessary for our evolution as tool building animals. In Buddhism the word Prana translates into english language as both Instinct, Life-flow and simply as 'energy'. Our instinct is the connection with our higher awareness connection to the universe which bypasses our mental programming. This is a core teaching required to navigate todays complicated society, a society based on mental programming through use of memes. A meme is a 'mind virus' or belief which overides clear-sighted objectivity. A meme is a tool used by mind-enslavers to achieve their objectives.

The adept as hermit vs socializing.
Caught up in a social scene, influenced by other peoples needs and by what the television repeatedly tells us is 'normal' despite it being more often than not abusive; distracted by drama; busy with our own lifestyles; it is often very difficult to achieve the clarity required to see what is happening in this life experience. Humans quickly become too tired to have any concern with a situation which affects us all, all of the time. What we are, what the world is, and what we are doing with it and in it. Personal energy maintenance and respect for this in other people is necessarily a vital aspect of surviving individually and as a community. Acquiring personal energy from diet and lifestyle rather than enacting strategy to acquire it from other people.

Your homework task.
Draw a map of all the directions your life energy is going.
A spider diagram or two-column list of in-flow and out-flow.




The charcoal drawing by Natalie Ellis used as illustration here is called 'Bachanalia'.
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