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3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People
Unfortunately, you can't change them. But you can change the way you interact with them.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Hold Yourself Accountable—You’ll Be Happier
PEOPLE TEND TO EXTERNALIZE WHEN THEY encounter problems—to look beyond themselves and find fault with others when things go wrong. Society’s mantra is “There’s plenty of blame to go around!” You can hear it echo in the reactions to the election. But
- Dec 9 20164 minutes
Profanity's Roots In Brain Chemistry? Damn Right
Swearing has its own home in our brains, separate from where we generate polite conversation.
- Sep 5 20161 minute
The Bright Side of Darker Emotions
IT’S NATURAL TO WANT TO BE HAPPY all the time. But it’s telling that most of what many consider to be our seven basic emotions—joy, anger, sadness, fear, surprise, contempt and disgust—reflect the dark side of the human experience. These emotions are
- May 1 20163 minutes
Don't Pop Your Top: 5 Thoughts to Keep You Calm in an Angry Moment
Even when anger takes over your brain, your inner Hulk can stay restrained.
- Dec 13 20162 minutes
Awesomeness Is Everything
Why encountering vastness makes us more spiritual, generous, and content
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Literacy of Long-Form Thinking
A man from ancient Rome said it was better to know nothing about a subject than to half-know it. I’m worried that this Republic of ours is set on proving his wisdom all over again. Only, we aren’t even bothering to know 50% of what’s going on. Seems
- Dec 21 20166 minutes
Virtual Reality Can Leave You With an Existential Hangover
After exploring a virtual world, some people can’t shake the sense that the actual world isn’t real, either.
- Nov 27 20162 minutes
Sucking at Stuff
Where, how, and why to play piano, bake sourdough, and learn Thai massage in spite—and because—of the fact that you’ll be very bad at it. At least at first.
- Jun 1 20161 minute
Leaders: Who's Shaping Your Company's Culture?
If corporate culture starts at the bottom, you're in trouble.
- Jun 1 20161 minute
Hot on the Trail
EVERY YEAR, Switzerland responds to about 1,000 backcountry search-and-rescue (SAR) emergencies—hikers injured in falls, thrill-seekers who’ve gone missing, campers stranded by rock slides or floods. Currently, the normal way to find people is to dis
- May 30 20133 minutes
A Crowdsourced Expert Interview: Nautilus readers delve further into the idea that metaphors make us human.
In “Metaphors Are Us,” biologist and neurologist Robert Sapolsky made a good case for why symbolic thinking may be the key feature separating humans from our nearest animal relatives. But that essay didn’t end the discussion, which spilled onto socia
- Aug 1 20152 minutes
Don't Just Build a Business -- Build a Business With Soul
You need more than brains to create and sustain a business that has a lasting impact.
- Nov 27 20161 minute
Bumbling is Good for the Brain
JIHAN THOMPSON NEURONAL CONNECTIONS ARE created in the brain when you attempt something new. Plenty of research indicates this, including a 2010 study in The Journal of Neuroscience that found that even after just two sessions of practicing a new ta
- Dec 12 20161 minute
Building the Workforces Businesses Need
JOHN RICE WHEN A COMPANY INVESTS IN A country, it asks: Do we have the right people with the right capabilities? This makes people think of new facilities, new jobs. Too often they forget the importance of developing new skills. Most educational sy
- Oct 9 201412 minutes
The Artist of the Unbreakable Code: Composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.
You’d be forgiven if, settling into the fall 2003 “Literature of the 16th Century” course at University of California, Berkeley, you found the unassuming 70-year-old man standing at the front of the lecture hall a bit eccentric. For one thing, the cl
- May 14 20131 minute
Are We Important to the Universe?
Is there something special about humanity’s method of understanding the world around us? If there are other intelligent beings in the world, would their knowledge be important in the same way?David Deutsch‘s research suggests an affirmative answer to
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Closing a Deal at a Bar? This Research Can Help.
Rule No. 1: Get to the bar early, so you control who sits where.
- Aug 10 20162 minutes
Distraction Can Make You a Faster Cyclist
In the slightly surreal yet decidedly wonderful 2003 animated film The Triplets of Belleville, three drugged cyclists pedal stationary bikes on-stage in a theatre while French mafia types bet on which of them will win their “race”—as they pedal, they
- Nov 1 20161 minute
Noncash-Bonus Time: Three Key Strategies
KNOW YOUR OBJECTIVE. It’s critical to determine how the bonus you’re awarding supports what you and your company want to achieve, says Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and the author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Cha
- Jan 13 20173 minutes
Why Conservative Politicians May Be More Attractive Than Liberal Ones
A new study suggests that conservative politicians in the United States, Europe, and Australia tend to be better-looking.
- Oct 16 20162 minutes
Barack Obama: There Are Disasters, and Then There Are News-Cycle Disasters
“THE BP OIL SPILL was the first event that taught me about a particular news cycle where there’s a real problem that can and will be solved—but one that garners, for whatever reason, 24/7 attention, with a sense of doom that gets ramped up and that w
- Jun 27 20162 minutes
Sebastian Junger The author “rants” about why people feel good after disasters, and the human connection that’s missing from modern life
- Mar 1 20131 minute
3 Traits That Can Make or Break a Businessperson
Self-made business people will tell you that it's not what you've done, but how you did it that matters most.
- Jun 1 20153 minutes
How and When to Give Advice (Hint: It's Not as Simple as You Think)
The lowdown on helping with other people's problems.
- May 9 20133 minutes
A Moment When Animals Started to Seem More Like People
Any self-respecting pet owner will confidently claim that their dog or cat (or rabbit, or gerbil) seems sentient, exhibiting a distinct temperament and emotional responses. I know my many beloved pets over the years could feel pain, and fear, as well
- Aug 5 20142 minutes
The Minds & Algorithms That Make Hollywood Spectacle
We may not have realized it at the time, but during the 1990s, Hollywood movies were infiltrated by a new presence that outshined even the biggest screen stars: Images created on computers became the main draws for movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Stor
- Jun 1 20161 minute
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- Nov 27 20152 minutes
How Black Friday Got Its Name
As legend has it, it takes most of the year for a retail business to become profitable. After months of being “in the red,” in November they are finally “in the black.” This phrase has been used in this way since 1922. But why black? Darkness, and th
- Nov 25 20133 minutes
For Billions of People, “Wasting Time” Makes Little Sense
Robert Levine, a social psychologist at California State University, Fresno, will always remember a conversation he had with an exchange student from Burkina Faso, in Western Africa. Levine had complained to the student that he’d wasted the morning “