Why We Need More Than Three Genders : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Some of the people who will read this blog post are female, some are male, some are both and some are neither. To all, greetings of the season! Of the many things I want to celebrate during this annual round of holiday joy, the beauty of human diversity and the pleasure we may take in recognizing it sit near the top of my list. Yet here's something I've noticed: While the array of gorgeous human skin colors and ethnicities and sexualities is increasingly embraced as a matter of human rights, we are slower to celebrate multiple genders. I would like to make clear right at the start that breaking out of a male-female gender dichotomy isn't some 21st century liberal-progressive agenda, as it is sometimes painted. The existence of third genders is noted in quite a few entries on that map. But are three genders enough? I know it's challenging to break out of a binary mode, and for good reason. But I know that others experience the world differently than I do. But we can do better.
Learned helplessness: 6 keys to breaking free from negativity - tribunedigital-chicagotribune February 19, 2013|Robert Pagliarini | Your Other 8 Hours, Tribune Media Services We've been told that one of the keys to becoming a successful leader and to creating a successful life is to see things as they are and no worse. But if you've been beaten down and suffered setbacks such as unemployment, it's hard to see the positive in anything. Take investing for example. Psychologists call this phenomenon "learned helplessness." This is one of the reasons why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Keep the following six concepts in mind to eliminate learned helplessness: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. You do have influence over your life. (Robert Pagliarini is a CBS MoneyWatch columnist and the author of "The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose" and the national best-seller "The Six Day Financial Makeover."
Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail? Indulge or resist? Sugar cravings can be a serious challenge. iStock hide caption itoggle caption iStock We've survived the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, when rich, sweet treats come at us non-stop. The cycle has become so predictable, and disheartening, as our collective motivation to change our ways dissolves by February like a sugar cube in a glass of champagne. For me, it's refined sugar, pure and simple, that, over time, I've identified as the food I would most love to be able to resist. This year, I vowed to seek out new ways to stay out of the drawer my colleague keeps stocked with chocolate bars of all brands and sizes — an alluring stash stored right next to my desk. I'm not alone in singling out sugar and the undue power it wields over me, according to researchers. Over the last few years, scientists who study the way food influences our brains and bodies have been moving toward a consensus that sugar is addictive.
10 Heartbreaking Stories of Feral Children Sir Francis Galton coined the term ‘nature vs. nurture’ over 150 years ago, exploring “whether heredity or the environment most impacts human psychological development (behavior, habits, intelligence, personality, sexuality, aggressive tendencies, and so on)” (cliffnotes.com). Those who believe in the nurture part think that humans learn according to how they are taught and what goes on around them. Those debating from the nature side say that we act according to genetic predispositions, as well as through animalistic instincts (i.e. Freud’s id). What do you think? 10. Bello, sometimes referred to as the Nigerian Chimp Boy by the media, was found in 1996. When he was found in the Falgore forest, no one really mentioned the discovery. 9. One of the more recent cases of a feral child is Vanya Yudin (referred to by news agencies as ‘the Russian Bird Boy’). 8. Dina Sanichar, named ‘the Indian Wolf Boy,’ is one of the oldest known cases of a feral child. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.
What an actor said to Ellen is something I wish more men would talk about I'm going to tell you a little story about a man. A great man. A man named Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You know what, I think I'll put that picture in here again. You know. OK, one more time. Dear God, yes. Anyway! As a young, distressingly handsome child actor growing up in L.A., Joseph Gordon-Levitt watched a lot of Laker games with his family. (That's basketball for those of you who don't follow sportsball.) And whenever the cheerleaders would show up, his mom would make an interesting observation. (Not Joseph Gordon-Levitt's mom.) Why is it that all the dudes get to be celebrated for what they do? While the ladies only get celebrated for what they look like. It just didn't seem fair. And as a result... O.M.G. Here he is, 20-ish years later, telling Ellen all about it.
ch06_IRM.pdf The Science of Selfies: How Pictures Help Us Claim Our Identity This week's selfie at the Oscars was a record-breaker for Twitter, but just a drop in the bucket for the traffic in smartphone self-portraits. A survey commissioned by PicMonkey suggests that nearly half of all U.S. adults have taken selfies — making enough of a cultural impact that "selfie" was crowned as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year for 2013. We may be in the midst of a golden age for selfies, but the phenomenon raises its head every time a pictorial form rises up, whether we're talking about mummy portraits from ancient Egypt, marble busts from the Roman Empire, pictures from the dawn of photography in the 19th century or an eerily modern-looking group shot from 1920. Is there a reason why selfies have resonated so deeply throughout history? "Your Facebook page, for instance, is one gigantic identity claim," Ouellette told NBC News. Avatars and totems Here's another example: Which way are the pictures on your office desk facing? The future of the self
The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture It's time to rethink whatever you thought you knew about how the right and left hemispheres of the brain work together. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto It's time to rethink whatever you thought you knew about how the right and left hemispheres of the brain work together. iStockphoto Sometimes ideas that originate in science seep out into the broader culture and take on a life of their own. What about the idea that some people are more right-brained and others more left-brained? An infographic reproduced just last month at Lifehack.org, for example, promises to explain "why you act the way you do" by revealing "which side of your brain you tend to use more." On the other hand, some recent headlines challenge the left brain / right brain dichotomy. So while there's something deeply compelling about the clear-cut, right-brain versus left-brain classification (or is that just my left hemisphere speaking?) Specifically how and why the hemispheres differ remains a mystery.
First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters Colleges send each prospective student a letter detailing a financial aid award package — but many families say the letters are difficult to understand. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto Colleges send each prospective student a letter detailing a financial aid award package — but many families say the letters are difficult to understand. iStockphoto Around the country, millions of parents of prospective college freshmen are puzzling over one big question: How will we pay for college? The first step for many families is reviewing the financial aid award letters they receive from each school. Chris Reeves, a guidance counselor at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Ky., tells NPR's David Greene that he fields lots of questions from families trying to decipher their award letters. But loans "don't really reduce your costs," explains Mark Kantrowitz, founder of the financial aid website FinAid.org and publisher of Edvisors Network.
When do meds make the difference? As new psychotropic drugs enter the marketplace, and more psychologists gain the ability to prescribe, an inevitable question arises: Are drugs, therapy or a combination the best form of treatment? Research shows fairly consistent results: For most non-psychotic disorders, behavioral interventions are just as effective as medications, and they hold up better over time. "When researchers have directly compared empirically supported therapies with drugs in nonpsychotic populations, they hold their own very nicely," says Vanderbilt University depression expert Steven D. Hollon, PhD. Such therapies are also stronger in terms of enduring effects, he says. Meanwhile, research is continuing on combining drugs and therapy in treatment, and there, results are more mixed, says David H. The word on depression One subgroup of depressed clients seems particularly amenable to combined treatment: severely and chronically depressed adults. Weighing in on anxiety disorders Real-world considerations
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