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Important truths we tend to forget.

Important truths we tend to forget.

The truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored. You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and […]

The Prefrontal Cortex
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The Prefrontal Cortex

Today’s selection is from Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin. The prefrontal cortex is the all-important part of the brain that handles reasoning and implies control, in counterbalance to the emotions and impulses generated in other parts of the brain. It is not fully developed in humans until after the age of twenty: “We have […]

Are men or women more narcissistic?

Are men or women more narcissistic?

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. The study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple generations and regardless […]

The Pain of Exclusion

The Pain of Exclusion

Today’s selection is from “The Pain of Exclusion” by Kipling D. Williams Publisher: Scientific American Mind Date: January/February 2011 Our need to matter and our need to belong are as fundamental as our need to eat and breathe. Therefore ostracism — rejection, silence, exclusion — is one of the most powerful punishments that one person […]

Addicted to being busy.

Addicted to being busy.

Apologies to those of you who check in with shrinkrap regularly. I am writing, but a lot of it feels too personal to share, so I need to sit with it all a while longer. As a rule, I don’t generally like using other people’s content, but it feels important to keep posting lest I […]

Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns. What is MBSR? Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation […]

Sleepless in Cape Town.

Outside the wind is howling and the rain lashes down, my eyes spring open and my mind begins to roam. At first it goes to the poor  living in the informal settlement about a kilometer from my warm home, it peeks inside their leaking shacks and watches as the occupants huddle beneath their black plastic […]

Are you mind-blind?
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Are you mind-blind?

I am working with really brave men. Men who have endured the most emotionally excruciating episodes of their lives. Many have been brought to their knees by an unrelenting Fate who stands with her sharpened heel on their windpipe long after they have surrendered. These men, covered in sorrow and exhaustion, crawl onto the couch […]

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Important truths we tend to forget.
Important truths we tend to forget.

The truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored. You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and […]

The Prefrontal Cortex
,
The Prefrontal Cortex

Today’s selection is from Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin. The prefrontal cortex is the all-important part of the brain that handles reasoning and implies control, in counterbalance to the emotions and impulses generated in other parts of the brain. It is not fully developed in humans until after the age of twenty: “We have […]

The Pain of Exclusion
The Pain of Exclusion

Today’s selection is from “The Pain of Exclusion” by Kipling D. Williams Publisher: Scientific American Mind Date: January/February 2011 Our need to matter and our need to belong are as fundamental as our need to eat and breathe. Therefore ostracism — rejection, silence, exclusion — is one of the most powerful punishments that one person […]

Addicted to being busy.
Addicted to being busy.

Apologies to those of you who check in with shrinkrap regularly. I am writing, but a lot of it feels too personal to share, so I need to sit with it all a while longer. As a rule, I don’t generally like using other people’s content, but it feels important to keep posting lest I […]

Sleepless in Cape Town.

Outside the wind is howling and the rain lashes down, my eyes spring open and my mind begins to roam. At first it goes to the poor  living in the informal settlement about a kilometer from my warm home, it peeks inside their leaking shacks and watches as the occupants huddle beneath their black plastic […]

Are men or women more narcissistic?

Are men or women more narcissistic?

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. The study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in narcissism across multiple generations and regardless […]

Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

Meditation’s effect on brain waves.

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns. What is MBSR? Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation […]

Are you mind-blind?
,
Are you mind-blind?

I am working with really brave men. Men who have endured the most emotionally excruciating episodes of their lives. Many have been brought to their knees by an unrelenting Fate who stands with her sharpened heel on their windpipe long after they have surrendered. These men, covered in sorrow and exhaustion, crawl onto the couch […]

Psychopaths and CEO’s
Psychopaths and CEO’s

In today’s selection — from “What Psychopaths Teach Us About How to Succeed” by Kevin Dutton. I share some observations on the similarity between successful people, such as surgeons or CEOs, and psychopaths. In fact, one prominent venture capitalist states that the three characteristics most predictive of success in executives are determination, curiosity and insensitivity. […]