Hi, I’m Dan Pouliot. You may remember me from such tweets as, “It was just a joke” and such personalized DMs as, “Hello. How are you?” Hey #WritingCommunity lurker. Do you want more followers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do I have an opportunity for you? Hang on. (clears throat) Do… Continue reading #WritingCommunityOnlineMeetup Moderator’s Guide
Back in 2013, I wrote what I didn’t know would become my all-time most popular blog post, Serotonin and Social Status. In that post, I posed this question: “Are there mindfulness strategies that might moderate against ‘societal’ influence on serotonin? Meditation? Yoga? Is there such a thing as self-confidence that does not peg its worth… Continue reading Does Competency-Awareness Drive Serotonin Levels?
Righteous smugness is such a nice feeling. No seriously. Who hasn’t enjoyed that feeling when witnessing someone else’s seeming incompetence? When your order gets botched, how eager are you to disparage the first customer service rep. who gets to handle your issue? But those feelings end up biting us back.
Mirror neurons in the brain fire both when taking a specified action and perceiving the action. 1Mirror Neurons: From Monkeys To Humans Repeatedly watching distressing images can cause acute stress symptoms. 2PNAS References[+] ↑1 Mirror Neurons: From Monkeys To Humans ↑2 PNAS
Once I’m happy, then I’ll be grateful is backwards thinking.
Dean Radin discusses his recent double-blind study of serving tea “treated” with good intentions. Radin: The bottom line is that if you believe/expect that you are consuming a specially treated substance, that belief alone will strongly influence your mood. But if the substance is also intentionally “treated,” then it will influence you even more. And… Continue reading Expectations of Food, Excercise and Beneficial Effects
This is not a story about the evils of sweets— in this story sweets is an innocent pawn… Robert Ader is a psychologist who stumbled upon an amazing discovery in the 1970s while studying taste aversion along with Nicholas Cohen. They wanted to see if by making rats nauseous every time they were fed something… Continue reading Suppressing Immune Systems With Sweets
Look at the agreement of all these spiritual traditions across cultures, continents and ages: The kingdom of heaven is within you (Christianity). By understanding the Self all this universe is known (Upanishads). Atman (individual consciousness) and Brahman (universal consciousness) are One (Vedanta). God dwells within you as you (Yoga). Look within, you are the Buddha… Continue reading Everything is About Me Versus Narcissism
Gun advocates are right to be worried about the takeover of our nation from within its walls. They are wrong when they believe that gun ownership has one iota of prophylactic effect against that. Enter the Corporatocracy. Businesses have laws written to suit their own interests in whatever industry they choose to do business. Effectively… Continue reading Gun Advocacy and the Takeover of Our Nation