Time and money spent on meaningful choices is often associated with lasting positive consequences, according to a Stanford professor. Jennifer Aaker, a social psychologist at Stanford Graduate School of Business, recently organized a collection of research papers on meaningfulness for the Journal of Consumer Research. In her own research, Aaker, the General Atlantic Professor of […]
Bob Silverstein writes a newsletter about risk management, poker, and life. His latest includes information on neuroscience, on soothing, and comforting. Always interesting subjects! In the beginning When my wife and I had our first child, our pediatrician gave us some very good advice. He said we should swaddle our son; that is, […]
picture taken at Lubbuck Airport, Texas one night when my plane was diverted there because of high winds at another airport Duldrums, despair, anxiety, loneliness, numbness. Emotions like this plague us when we’re healing. There are times we have what feels like a “blip” of good feelings but often it’s more like we hate […]
If we cannot treat ourselves with kindness then it can be difficult to relate to others. It becomes even more difficult to have compassion and empathy with strangers or those we do not like. Kristin Neff’s work on self compassion urges us to learn to treat ourselves with kindness especially in times of set backs […]
reposted from meditation-helps-ptsd-090514 Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. By Clifton B. Parker Breathing meditation is a powerful ally for military veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according […]
Her shoulders hunched. Eyes downcast. Despite being a highly confident professional her dejection rolled off her in waves. Encrusted with shame she couldn’t make eye contact with me or stop the words that burst out, “What’s the point….? Why bother….?” Every person with a difficult history has said these words at one time or […]
I was recently with some family members on a trip overseas. Great trip. Fascinating. Wonderful adventures. Then one day my person reached for her wallet and it wasn’t there. That meant all her credit cards, driver’s license, everything (well, thank goodness, she had left her passport in the room safe). In seconds my relative was […]
An unprecedented research conducted by a group of neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.