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May 7, 2012 — When you "lose yourself" inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character, a new study suggests. Researchers at Ohio State University examined what happened to people who, while reading a fictional story, found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own -- a phenomenon the researchers call "experience-taking." They found that, in the right situations, experience-taking may lead to real changes, if only temporary, in the lives of readers.
In my decades of practice as a psychotherapist, this is the insight that has inspired me most: I've found that the very qualities we're most ashamed of, the ones we keep trying to reshape or hide, are in fact the key to finding real love. I call them core gifts.
Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, famously said: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." This notion found life beyond Nietzsche's--which is ironic, his having been rather short and miserable--and it continues to resonate within American culture. One reason is that suffering, as Freud famously recognized, is an inevitable part of life.
Human beings crave intimacy, need to love and be loved. Yet people have much trouble doing so. It's clear from the many letters I get that lots of folks have no idea what a healthy relationship even looks like.
Fear of failure can stop you reaching your potential, says Robert Kelsey. Fear of failure can impact our careers, and our whole lives, argues author Robert Kelsey Fear can make people set their ambitions low, or extraordinarily high, to mask their insecurities Kelsey outlines seven steps to overcoming our fears Editor's note: Robert Kelsey is the bestselling author of " What's Stopping You?
So it’s 2010 and labeling is all the rage, with bloggers like myself spilling our collective opinions into the matrix of knowledge that is the internet, once in awhile like minds will create a surge or “meme” that becomes the buzzword or “in thing” for a time until a new one comes together to take its place. The latest buzz-word stems from a topic that I have touched on multiple times – which is the death of the Alpha male. In our modern times we men are reminded almost daily that it is career-driven women that are the new entrepreneurs, career-driven women who are staying single due to unworthy broke men and career-driven women writing articles about how men aren’t of the stock that their daddies were. When faced with this sort of pressure you can either ignore the ridicule and pursue life or let it beat you down into the ground without much of a fight.
Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work. Some critics say psychology is just common sense , that it only confirms things we already know about ourselves. Ironically this can be difficult to argue with because once people get some new information they tend to think it was obvious all along.
Ten studies that have changed psychology and the way we see humanity. After being told about these psychology studies, generations of psychology students have wandered out into the world seeing themselves and other people in a new light. In this series of posts I look at ten studies that have changed psychology and the way we see humanity: "What do babies understand about the world and how can you possibly find out, given that babies are not so hot on answering complex questions about their perceptual abilities?" "It's not just Miller who was persecuted by this number though, it's all of us. What this magical number represents - 7 plus or minus 2 - is the number of items we can hold in our short-term memory."
A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence. To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it. Similarly, unfunny people don't have a good enough sense of humor to tell. This disconnect may be responsible for many of society's problems. With more than a decade's worth of research, David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has demonstrated that humans find it "intrinsically difficult to get a sense of what we don't know." Whether an individual lacks competence in logical reasoning, emotional intelligence, humor or even chess abilities, the person still tends to rate his or her skills in the area in question as being above average.
Transmedia storytelling is one of the most exciting developments to hit entertainment, branding, marketing, and advocacy in the last few years. Transmedia storytelling is a ‘story experience’ both for—and with—an audience that unfolds over several media channels. This is a big deal for two reasons. First, it represents the continuing shift from a technological to human focus.
It's happened to me many times; maybe it's happened to you. I'll be walking down the street, deep in thought, brow furrowed, lips pressed together as I mentally project myself into the future: How will I handle that meeting next week? What do I need to do to make sure tomorrow's dinner party goes smoothly? Will the project I'm about to turn in be received well, or should I take another crack at it?
What are the differences between happy people and unhappy people? Of course, it should be very obvious : happy people are happy while unhappy people are unhappy, right? Well, that is correct .But, we want to know what h appy people do differently , so I have put together a list of things that happy people do differently than unhappy people. 1. Love vs. Fear
This page describes a number of lucid dream induction techniques. It is recommended that you be able to recall at least one dream per night in order to maximize the effectiveness of these methods. [ edit ] Preliminary Knowledge Certain elements are common to many of the lucidity-inducing techniques discussed later in this chapter. To better understand these techniques, these common components will be discussed first.
A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932). [ 1 ] In a lucid dream, the dreamer can exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream or be able to manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment. [ 2 ] Lucid dreams can be realistic and vivid. [ 3 ] It is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) experienced by lucid dreamers, hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes making lucid dreaming a conscious process. [ 4 ] Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established. [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ edit ] Scientific history
The Six Basic Steps There are many techniques and methods that you can use for inducing lucid dreams, but there is an underlying process behind most, if not all of them. I have broken this underlying process down into six basic steps to serve as a foundation for your lucid dream training. Once you absorb these steps and start following them, it is only a matter of time before you have your first lucid dream.