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How To Be Resilient

How do we increase grit and persistence? Let's look at how survivors get through the most dangerous situations and learn lessons on how to be resilient.

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Loneliness Poses Greater Public Health Threat than Obesity

The loneliness epidemic is growing and becoming more costly by the day. But there is something you can do about it.

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    The Best Way to Manage Your Social Anxiety Is to Accept It

    Some studies are suggesting that a better way to deal with it is by exposing yourself to anxiety-inducing situations.

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    Hilma af Klint: a painter possessed

    Was Hilma af Klint Europe’s first abstract artist? As an exhibition of her extraordinary, occult-inspired works opens in London, we travel to Stockholm to find out…

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    This $6,000 mistake taught me how to learn from failure

    In my first job after college, I directed a product development department that created group weight loss curriculums. Turns out, I had misunderstood our agreement with this contractor. I thought we…

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    CDC confirms lemon eucalyptus oil as effective as DEET

    According to the CDC, lemon eucalyptus oil could be a much safer and more natural weapon than DEET.

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    Change Your Roles, Change Your Life

    In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist performed an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group was told they were responsible for keeping the…

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    11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste today

    Maybe you’re not ready to breakup with plastic altogether, but here are some simple ways that can make a big difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in your life.

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    Why Your Brain Has 2 Halves

    Scientists have long known that the two halves of human brains perform different functions. Now, researchers look at why this is beneficial.

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    How Self-Help Really Works

    At the beginning of last year, I inadvertently found myself listening to an interview with self-help guru Tony Robbins. That interview made me curious, and pretty soon I had listened to several…

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    You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed

    Your direction defines what you do every day. Clarifying not only your purpose but your direction reinforces your ultimate life purpose. You should have a clear understanding of what you want next…

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    The Case Against Reality

    A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.

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    25 great questions to ask your future boss

    It’s time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. This year, I’ve asked my classmates from Harvard Business School, class of 1998, to weigh in with *their…

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    The Science Backed Ways Music Affects Your Brain and #Productivity

    There you sit again: browser open in front of you, the hum of your office in the background, your to-do list sprawled out on your notepad. You try working offline. You try the pomodoro method. You…

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    Are You Normalizing Abusive Behavior? 5 Signs that You Are

    It’s a sad truth reflected by the title of Dorothy Nolte’s popular inspirational poem that “Children Learn What They Live.” Daughters (and sons, for that

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    A New Way To Understand And Treat Depression

    It can pull you out of the hustle of daily life — and into meaning-making.

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    10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

    True confidence -- as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities -- has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly co...

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    Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast May Improve Mental Performance

    Study participants were also found to have increased brain function after drinking cold water immediately after waking up, but levels were much higher for those who had ice cream.

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    Feedback Loops: How to Master the Invisible Hand That Shapes Our Lives

    We should spend less time letting feedback loops shape our lives in invisible ways and more time designing the feedback loops we want and need.

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    10 Simple Postures That Boost Performance

    Psychological research suggests simple actions can project power, persuade others, increase empathy, boost cognitive performance and more...

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    How to Change Your Personality

    A big new study promises you are (probably) not stuck with yourself.

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    Want Synesthesia? Try Learning a New Language

    People who became bilingual later in life are more likely to experience the mysterious blurring of the senses.

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    3 Ways to Make Your Diet More Sustainable

    Sustainability is a very hot topic in the food and nutrition world these days and for good reason.  Every year, we have about 80 million more people to feed than we did the year before.

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    Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

    Most people don’t know there is a simple trick to get a cheaper flight on an airline’s website

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    Resource Furniture: Italian-Designed Space Saving Furniture - YouTube

    Ron Barth, President of Resource Furniture (www.resourcefurniture.com/space-savers), demonstrates and explains their amazing line of Italian-designed space-s...

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    INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Happy Families

    Just because you're an adult now doesn't mean your relationships with Mom, Dad, and your siblings have gotten any less complex. There's fascinating research on our adult relationships, and we share it all, here.

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    It’s Actually Pretty Weird That We Think in Words

    “When you talk to yourself, you step out of yourself for a moment and get some perspective on what you are doing.”

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    How Your Brain Controls the Speed of Time

    Why does reality seem to slow down in moments of extreme peril? Can the mind really bend time? Here’s the neuroscience behind the phenomenon.

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    Personality trait or mental disorder? same genes?

    You don’t need fancy genome-sequencing or brain-imaging equipment to know that some of the people we know and love are just a little, well, out there.

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    Understanding Codependency

    Codependency is associated with providing care for and rescuing others in order to quell feelings of inadequacy and shame and gain external approval and validation.

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    Give Thanks: Adult Siblings Can Make Us Healthier And Happier

    Sibling relationships are usually the longest-lived family ties, and most adults say they're close to their siblings. That closeness can shelter and sustain us through life's perils and joys.

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    A Meditation on Lovingkindness

    It's important that we learn to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness towards ourselves and others. This meditation works to plant the seeds of...

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    You Can Save on Airfare (If You Know the Tricks)

    Want to save on airfare? Pick your travel days wisely, don’t shop too far in advance and know when tickets will be offered at a sale price.

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    6 Ways Katie Ledecky Thinks Differently: The Psychology of Success

    She doesn't just win--she crushes. How? It all starts with how she thinks -- just like your success will start with how you think.

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    10 Things That Make Successful People Different From The Rest

    They might just be one in the crowd. The successful person might be the woman sitting casually in a coffee shop while sipping her coffee quietly or the man who

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    Recollections from 75 years of Human Development

    My time spent at the University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development continues to inform my research and work in the field of interdisciplinary psychology. I am so grateful for the time I spent in this unique and rich program. Read about my experiences there and get to know this phenomenal program that was so creatively rich and still forms a foundation for how I think and work.

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    The #Science Behind #Nature's #Patterns

    A new book explores the physical and chemical reasons behind incredible visual structures in the living and non-living world

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    The Remembrance of Things Past: How #Memory Works

    How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

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    It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

    by Mark Wolynn Traumas Lost and Found The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to...

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    Keeping Your Hair in Chemo - The New York Times

    A growing number of breast cancer patients are freezing their scalps as a way to preserve their hair during chemotherapy.

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    9 Scientifically Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Study Time

    For anyone in the thick of study, or about to be, science has been working hard and has found ways to help you get the most out of your study time, all backed by hefty research. Here’s how to study smarter, supercharge your learning and store the in

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    17 Great Apps That'll Make Your Life Easier

    Always looking for new ways to get more done at work, and quickly? Check at these 17 apps to boost your productivity throughout the work week.

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    4 Expert Tips For Getting Over Your Fear Of Public Speaking

    Number 2: Do something physical beforehand.

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    3 Tiny Tweaks That'll Double Your Productivity + Optimize Your Life

    When it comes to conquering your demons and reaching for your dreams, here are the three simplest changes to make for the highest impact.

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    The done list is a productivity hack that’s the opposite of a to-do list.

    I have a complicated relationship with to-do lists. They are undeniably useful for plotting out your day or week ahead of time, and they can be a great ...

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    Here Is The Memory Trick Backed By Science

    A technique that everyone can benefit from, whatever their artistic talent.

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    Why We Hate Not Knowing for Sure

    New research helps explain why our brains react so poorly to uncertainty.

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    Take Your Blogging To The Next Level

    Here are a number of articles I've published which you can spend some time reviewing and learn several key techniques and aspects of blogging that will help you.

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    Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the "Paper Clip Strategy"

    In 1993, a bank in Abbotsford, Canada hired a 23-year-old stock broker named Trent Dyrsmid. Dyrsmid was a rookie so nobody at the firm expected too much of his performance. Moreover, Abbotsford was still a relatively small suburb back then, tucked away in

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    How the Most Experienced Business Travelers Overcome Flight Delays

    When your travel plans get disrupted, you don't have to take it lying down. Follow these tips to make the most of an annoying situation.

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    How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “Seinfeld Strategy”

    Want to learn how to stop procrastinating? Read this article to discover the best productivity tips of comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

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    A Strong Personal Brand Will Enhance Your Life, No Matter What You Do for a Living

    The sooner you take control of how you define yourself, the sooner you can get on with achieving the most important goals in your life.

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    How to Answer the Salary Question During a Job Interview

    Your starting salary sets the bar for your future earnings, from overtime to raises and promotions, so it's important to get it right.

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    Metaphors That Make Us Feel Clean and Dirty, Literally

    Liars who want mouthwash? Research shows that our brains can’t always separate what’s reality and what’s metaphor, says Robert M. Sapolsky.

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      Moptwo - Publish Your World

      Social Media for people who want to organize and share information in a comprehensive and lasting way. Moptwo: publish your world.

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      The Proven Way to Feel Less Anxious, More Confident & More Empowered in Two Minutes

      Anxiety is such a human experience. Anyone who has stretched themselves far enough to do something brave would have scraped against it in some way. If anxiety could, it would throw its wild warrior arms around us, smother us with kisses and tell us it was

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      Common Allergic Reactions and Allergy-Trigger Pictures

      From pollen and pets to food and bugs, find out the most common things that can trigger allergy symptoms in this WebMD slideshow.

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      Skills to Help You be a Great Leader

      Technology and social changes have spawned a new set of skills that distinguish relevant leaders from reluctant relics. Here are five cutting-edge skills that will give even the most experienced leaders a competitive advantage.

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      Forbes Welcome

      Start the year with your career on the ideal trajectory. Here's sound advice for expanding your success from the leading experts in career and talent management.

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      Optimism: It Really Does Matter

      How can you stay optimistic despite what’s happening in your life? Your mental state guides your life, which means staying optimistic can have a power...

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      How to Sharpen Your Sixth Sense

      By learning when intuitions are likely to be wrong you can make them right.

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      Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate

      Delaying the completion of a project may actually make you more creative.

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      12 Work Hacks To Keep You Sharp And Focused Throughout The Day

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      Brené Brown: The Anatomy of Trust - SuperSoul.tv

      What does it mean to trust someone? What does it mean to trust yourself? Brené Brown breaks down her world renowned research.

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      KNOW YOUR MOODS WORKSHEET

      A TERRIFIC and SIMPLE worksheet that brings insight into your moods!

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      Success: Are You Chasing the Right Version of It?

      Success is often associated with things that can be seen or experienced. However, what if success is really more about intrinsic or communal values?

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      Are You a ‘Defensive Pessimist’ or a ‘Strategic Optimist’? Take a 5-Question Quiz to Find Out

      For some people, telling them to

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      4 Essential Types of Balance in Design (And Why You Need Them) - The Shutterstock Blog

      Your design needs to visually

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      Positive Psychology Today

      Positive Psychology Today, by Inner Mastery: Tips for getting the most out of life

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      7 Ways To Be More Likable (They're Not What You Think)

      It is natural to want to be surrounded by positive people. If there are two people capable of doing a job, selling a product or service (or even sitting next to us) the likable person will win every time. Here are seven reasons likable people succeed:

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      Memory and Recall: 10 Amazing Facts You Should Know - PsyBlog

      Human memory and recall works nothing like a computer, but that's what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience.

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      Anxiety: 15 Ways to Feel Better Without Medication - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

      We're becoming wiser about the way anxiety works and the things that can make a difference. Anxiety without medication. Here are 15 ways to feel better.

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      31 Twitter tips

      For years I have wondered what the value of Twitter is for sales and business. Everyone knows the indisputable value of LinkedIn for B2B sales, marketing, B2B prospecting, and entrepreneurs in general. But Twitter is finally gaining traction in B2B. This

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      Don't Volunteer on Thanksgiving!

      There are a multitude of Thanksgiving traditions — watching football, fighting with family members about politics, feeling stressed out and inadequate, gorging yourself on turkey and mediocre side dishes. There are some less solipsistic ones as well. Lo

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      15+ Celebrities Who Revealed Their Mental Illnesses To Help Others Find Courage

      It's hard to talk about your problems, but sometimes, someone else breaking the ice can help. And despite one in five Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental illness, this is a topic which many feel uncomfortable facing.

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      Improve Your Vocabulary With the “Wheel of Feelings”

      Find the perfect word and tell us exactly how you feel.

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      3 Investment Gurus Share Their Model Portfolios

      How do some of the most respected investors on the planet think Americans should be investing their money? NPR talked to three about what a retirement portfolio should look like.

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      Want to Be Happier? It's as Easy as 2, 5, 11, 15, 20, 43

      Mastering the lessons of 6 lucky numbers can benefit your mind and body.

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      5 Questions Better Than

      Getting your kid to talk takes a little extra effort.

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      Three Tricks to Find Your Flow

      When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still?

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      Eight tips for better teamwork | Hightail Blog

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      How to Write a 2000-Word Article in 2 Hours

      You could create more content, drive high-quality traffic from search engines, and generate more leads.

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      Recovering from a Breakup: Proven Ways to Heal (From Science) - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

      What if recovering from a breakup could be stronger, more complete ... and quicker? Science may have just found the secret for when your heart is broken...

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      8 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Single Day

      ...to keep their mental muscles strong.

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      Four Steps to Choosing a College Major

      Deciding on a course of study isn’t a lifelong sentence. It’s a jumping-off point. Most people’s work will shape-shift in unforeseeable ways.

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      The Meaning of Life - in 60 Seconds

      It's generally good to take one's time, but there may sometimes be a need to compress all one knows into the briefest possible span. So here is our sense of ...

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      You've Been Peeling An Orange Wrong - Tablespoon

      You've been peeling an orange wrong. Here's how to peel an orange the quick and easy way.

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      Finding the Light at the End of the Depression Tunnel - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

      Depression is one of those tough subjects. I am well and have been for many years now - that, however, wasn't always the case.

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      How Highly Sensitive People Interact With The World Differently

      Highly sensitive people have been labeled a lot of ways in the past, like fragile, over-emotional and intense. But there's more to a highly sensitive person than just excess crying and a whole ton of

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      Talking To A Therapist Could Be The Secret To Sleeping Better

      Sleeping pills may not be the only option for the 50million to 70 million Americans suffering from chronic insomnia. A new review of research suggests that talking to a therapist should be the first

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      Changing Careers: What You Need To Know - Career Waymark

      The average person will change career seven times in their life. Wrong! It is often falsely assumed that the average person will change career several times during their lifetime, though there has never been any study to confirm this. The basis of this cl

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      The Simple Study Technique That Will Maximise Recall - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

      Sometimes studying comes easily - read, remember, rinse, repeat. Sometimes it’s like chewing concrete and no matter how much time is spent reviewing the material, when it comes time to remember, there’s nothing but chirping crickets.

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      The Real Reason Some of Us Are Chronically Late

      Being late is stressful, but for many, it beats the alternative.

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      Body Language: Understanding Non-Verbal Communication

      Learn how to understand and interpret other people's body language, and how to use body language effectively at work.

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      18 Best Places To Find A Job

      Discover the best places to find a job. Recommended by top career bloggers and experts to help people currently searching for a job.

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      'Messages of Shame Are Organized Around Gender'

      A conversation with Brené Brown about how men and women experience shame differently

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      3 Ways to Make Your Work More Meaningful

      Why meaning matters at work and how to build more of it

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      Dilated Pupils: 10 Messages My Eyes are Sending You

      Dilated pupils can reveal how hard we're thinking, how excited or disgusted we are and much more...

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      Houseplants That Purify Air - Air-Filtering Houseplants

      NASA research has shown that these houseplants purify the air in your home.

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      24 Charts Of Leadership Styles Around The World

      From structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan, different cultures can have radically different leadership styles.

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      When It’s All About Them: Being Involved with a Narcissist

      Last month, we ran a piece about the legacy of narcissistic parents from Dr. Robin Berman, a practicing psychiatrist, associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA, and author of Permission to Parent. To say that the …

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      5 Areas Your Body Holds Onto Emotional Stress

      Where are you storing emotions in your body?

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      Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes

      Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

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      An Uber for Doctor Housecalls - NYTimes.com

      A number of new apps offer medical consults with doctors via a smart phone, and some of them even make house calls.

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      The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever

      The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever: Writing a resume is hard enough—so we've made m...

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      How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

      Psychology, not chance

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      10 Questions To Finally Change Your Habits

      Stop fantasizing about how you're going to change. Ask yourself these questions, and make it happenwhatever your goals are.

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      After Seeing This Brilliant Poster, I Now Totally Understand Introverted People

      Dr. Carmella's Guide to Understanding the Introverted!

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        Overexcitability and the Gifted « SENG

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        Clean Language Questions - Communication

        Clean Questions are invaluable in deepening communication and facilitating awareness in another person. It explores internal metaphors facilitating rapport and understanding.

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        Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Worksheets Free Download | Psychology Tools

        Psychology, Counselling, & Psychotherapy Resources - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Worksheets, Leaflets, Materials, Resources, Handouts, Self-Help and More

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