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“It's a very modern idea that we are entitled to a sense of real fulfillment...through marriage.” -@EliJFinkel This week, we look at marriage and ask whether the best way to improve our relationships...is to ask less of them. amzn.to/3XnhTe1
With Thanksgiving days away, I wanted to re-up this episode of @HiddenBrain where Shankar & I discuss the power of gratitude to help us all reach our goals and be better people. Basically, to ensure that next year, we’ll have even more to be thankful for. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hid…
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My friend Shankar Vedantam and I recorded this conversation two years ago, but the subject is more important than ever. Meaningful connections with one another truly are a source of healing and strength. Hear more on the @HiddenBrain. hiddenbrain.org/podcast/relati…
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Even when we’re not swearing, swear words can influence the way we talk. This and more in our weekly newsletter. news.hiddenbrain.org/p/how-do-curse…
This week, the science of loneliness. And how we can stay connected in an increasingly lonely world. (2/2) open.spotify.com/episode/13OdMj…
Loneliness doesn’t feel good. It can manifest in unexpected ways and masquerade as other emotions, like anger. What we may not realize — and what researchers have only recently started emphasizing — is the importance of connection to our physical health. (1/2)
Now the Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek explains why he considers loneliness a matter of public health, and how we can all strengthen our social ties. (2/2) podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rel…
.@vivek_murthy was a new doctor when he realized his training hadn't prepared him for one of the most frequent health issues he saw in the examination room: loneliness. (1/2)
Jamie Spurway left his hometown in Scotland for a semester abroad in California in 1998. When he got there, he had trouble getting to his final destination — until a friendly stranger offered him help. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/jam…
As we continue our Relationships 2.0 series, we explore the topic of loneliness. Why it matters more than we think, and how we can strengthen the ties in our everyday lives to feel more connected. (2/2) music.amazon.com/podcasts/14f37…
“In the final moments when only the most meaningful strands of life remain, it's really our human connections that rise to the top. But we don't have to wait until the end of life in order to recognize and act on the power of connection.” -@vivek_murthy (1/2)
Jessica Israelsen decided to leave the Air Force after losing a close family member. Her unit never forgot her though, for several years they would pitch in to buy Christmas gifts for her family and would continue to look for ways to help. n.pr/3DXY0RN
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“I was really hooked. I just thought, this is amazing. I would never have known this if I hadn't talked to a complete stranger.” This week, how the people we least expect to matter in our lives have a profound impact on the way we experience the world. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rel…
Are you a fan of crossword puzzles? This week’s newsletter is for you. news.hiddenbrain.org/p/the-case-for…
We continue to be thrilled that our My Unsung Hero project now has a regular slot on NPR's All Things Considered. Every Monday evening, millions of people will be reminded that there is goodness and hope in the world. 🌈 You can find them all here:n.pr/3ElITmHB
This week, we explore the psychology of talking to strangers. Why it’s good for us – and how we can get better at it. Listen and follow. (3/3) open.spotify.com/episode/579vrr…
“And what we found was that people who'd had this tiny little social interaction…they were in a better mood and they felt more satisfied,” said psychologist @GillianSocial. (2/3) journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
Many of us hate small talk but small talk has big benefits. In a study, people were instructed to buy a cup of coffee. Some people were told to be efficient – get in and get out of the cafe as quickly as possible. Others were instructed to make small talk with the barista. (1/3)
In academia, some days you're overwhelmed w requests for ref letters, endless marking & tedious mtgs. Other days you get to work w brilliant ppl who make you sound smart & help you share a positive msg w the world. Thx to the amazing team @HiddenBrain for gifting me the latter. twitter.com/HiddenBrain/st…
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"It has reminded me of the core value of the Air Force, which is service before self." Veteran Jessica Israelsen remembers a generous gift from the other members of her unit, in 2008. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/jes…
“Too often we walk through the world with our heads down…We’re surrounded by people, yet we feel alone and disconnected.” –@GillianSocial This week, we continue our Relationships 2.0 series by exploring the psychological benefits of talking to strangers. music.amazon.com/podcasts/14f37…
What if we stop trying to eliminate conflict and instead ask how can we do conflict better? This #MemberMonday, we're listening to a recent episode of @HiddenBrain that delves into research on addressing and resolving conflict by @JuliaMinson. 🎧:ow.ly/jsCH50LwuM7A
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What sets altruistic people apart from, well, the rest of us? To answer this question, researchers studied a group of extraordinarily altruistic people: kidney donors. What they found (and more) in our weekly newsletter: news.hiddenbrain.org/p/what-makes-a…
This week on My Unsung Hero, we meet Chewey Clinton. When Chewey tells his friend a closely guarded secret, his friend reacts in the best possible way. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/che…
This week, how to make conflicts less combative – and how we can use conversational receptiveness to boost our relationships in the process. (3/3) open.spotify.com/episode/2s75Pv…
It’s called “conversational receptiveness.” And it doesn’t make your argument weaker – it actually makes you more persuasive. “When you...use conversational receptiveness, the other side is a little more likely to actually move towards [your] perspective.” -@JuliaMinson (2/3)
Think about the last time you argued with a partner or a friend. Your goal was probably to get them to see your perspective. Psychologist @JuliaMinson says that we should also use words and phrases to show we’re trying to see things from their point of view, too. (1/3)
Our first impulse when it comes to conflict is usually to ask, how can I shut it down? But avoiding conflict isn’t always possible. We kick off our Relationship 2.0 series with psychologist @JuliaMinson, who wonders, what if we could do conflict better? amzn.to/3UgPtA8
Did you miss Shankar's appearance on @Jeopardy last night? Fear not — you can play along right here. Thanks to the Jeopardy! team for featuring us, and congrats to contestant Rowan for cleaning up in the Hidden Brain category.
"There was something about the power of the sound of his voice… that just put a balm and a soothingness over that pain." Jennifer Reinhart reflects on the hospital worker who helped her feel relief, for the first time since a traumatic accident. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/jen…
This week, how to let go of our anxiety – by listening to it. Listen and follow: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-b…
“This whole, ‘You have to be a warrior, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps’ approach ignores the fact that before we can do that, we have to listen to anxiety. We have to tune in and leverage it,” @tracyadennis says. (2/3)
Many of us have felt more anxious lately. Our culture often suggests we should deal with our anxieties by ignoring them. Or eliminating the sources of those anxieties altogether. Psychologist @tracyadennis wonders if there’s a better way to approach the problem. (1/3)
ICYMI: Hidden Brain is going to be featured on @Jeopardy tonight! Tune in and test your knowledge of the show. 🤓🧠ivk
A bit of news that we're *thrilled* to share: Hidden Brain is a category on Wednesday's episode of @Jeopardy. Shankar will be delivering the clues, so be sure to tune in so you can play along!
How often do you feel anxious? Anxiety is upsetting, but it is also trying to tell us something: stop, pay attention, and investigate. Psychologist @tracyadennis says we can learn from our anxiety if we listen to what it’s telling us. hiddenbrain.org/podcast/a-bett…
A thought provoking TED talk from @HiddenBrain. You don't actually know what your future self wants. As we make pronouncements today, let's bear in mind that among the people who may disagree with us is our own future selves. ⚡️ Stay curious Practice humility Be brave twitter.com/HiddenBrain/st…
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"It was just that small, unexpected act of sacrifice." Todd Lagerberg recalls the moment when two flight attendants went above and beyond to calm his 17-month-old baby. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/tod…
It causes our minds to “create an ongoing loop of negative conflict that creates this…race to the bottom.” This week, how embracing contradiction can help you make better choices. (2/2) open.spotify.com/episode/0geG0X…
We’ve all confronted dilemmas in our lives. To solve them, we often ask ourselves the question: which path is best? Psychologist Wendy Smith says there’s a fundamental error in framing our problems this way. (1/2)
During the pandemic, many of our goals remained “frozen.” We didn’t give up on them, but we had no choice but to stop pursuing them. How did this affect our happiness, compared to those who chose to give up? This and more in our weekly newsletter: news.hiddenbrain.org/p/when-does-it…
“Either-or thinking is limited at best and detrimental at worst.” -@profwendysmith This week on Hidden Brain, how to approach the paradoxes in our lives — and why we should. hiddenbrain.org/podcast/thrivi…
"It was just that small, unexpected act of sacrifice." Todd Lagerberg recalls the moment when two flight attendants went above and beyond to calm his 17-month-old baby. hiddenbrain.org/unsunghero/tod…
This week on Hidden Brain, the psychology of paradox. And why we should learn to embrace contradiction. (3/3) podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thr…
The psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg studied this phenomenon. He found that creative geniuses – Mozart, Picasso, Albert Einstein and Virginia Woolf – were masters of integrating opposing ideas. (2/3)
You’ve heard the expression “both things can be true.” Embracing contradiction isn’t just good for opening the mind; it’s also crucial to creative thinking. (1/3)
“When you get a confession from an innocent person and close that case, you're not doing a whole lot of good for public safety.” – psychologist Saul Kassin This week, the psychology behind false confessions. open.spotify.com/episode/4ZlFQm…
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