Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?
Jan11

Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. — Rudyard Kipling With the winter, comes one of the most annoying things in life: the stuffy nose. But more than a nasally voice or the inability to sleep comfortably (if at all), losing your sense of smell can have effects on your psychology. Or rather, in detecting the psychology of others… Likely, you’ve heard it claimed “dogs can smell fear,” but did you...

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If Only the World Had More of This
Dec14

If Only the World Had More of This

Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own. — Barbara Kingsolver To be honest, I was going to spend today’s post with a follow-up on naïve realism, but then I encountered this other website that did a much better job of explaining it than I did last week—and really, tied it all...

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Regulating Your Emotions
Nov09

Regulating Your Emotions

If you wish to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires. — Epicurus Depending on who you voted for this presidential election, this post may be particularly relevant to you. It builds off another post I wrote four years and a day ago, where I gave some psychological advice regarding the outcome of that election. So, seeing how similar knowledge may be useful here, why not give the people (or at...

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Grateful for Self-Control
Jun01

Grateful for Self-Control

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. — Anonymous Boy, would I like a new cell phone. Something faster, something shinier, something that doesn’t do the current “which-app-did-you-not-touch-but-I’m-going-to-open-anyway” shuffle. Now, I could purchase the newest, currently released version of my phone, or I could wait for an updated and even jazzier one later this fall. Both options, monetarily, would...

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The Pandora Effect
Apr20

The Pandora Effect

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. – Steven Wright The Greek myth of Pandora’s Box remains one of the most well-known tales of the ancient gods, in which, Pandora, given a box she’s told not to open, let’s her curiosity consume her, opening the box and releasing a host of plagues onto the world. Which brings us to the psychophilosophical question of the day: If you had the box, would you have opened it?...

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