Does Competency-Awareness Drive Serotonin Levels?

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?

The Culpability of the No-Confidence Vote

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.

Are You Starting to See a Pattern?

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

Expectations of Food, Excercise and Beneficial Effects

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

Everything is About Me Versus Narcissism

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