Harnessing the Power of Prosocial Emotions for Our Future Selves
In his new book, David DeSteno explores how certain prosocial emotions, such as gratitude, compassion, and pride, can help us succeed in life when things like rationality and willpower power fall short.
The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions
Willpower is for chumps. Here’s what actually works.
Gray Matter, The New York Times
Why Are Humans Violent?
From fights over a parking space, to marauding bands of outlaws, to global conflicts, we seem to be a violent species. What lies behind these episodes of violence?
Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder
Volunteering is linked to health benefits including lower blood pressure and decreased mortality rates.
Well, The New York Times
What Drives Some People To Take Personal Risks To Help Strangers?
Acts of altruism — like saving swimmers caught in a riptide from drowning or donating a kidney to a stranger — are among the thorniest puzzles of human nature, says Abigail Marsh.
13.7: Cosmos & Culture, NPR
Being Empathetic Is Good, But It Can Hurt Your Health
Stress, anxiety, and even mild depression can result, but there are ways to offer solace.
The Washington Post
What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil
After a killing and a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the nation wrestles with why we commit such unspeakable acts.
Are Humans Altruistic by Nature?
Abigail Marsh argues there is a neurological explanation for why some people behave more altruistically than others. In particular, her research focuses on those, such as kidney donors, who engage in acts of “extraordinary altruism”— putting themselves in harm’s way to help strangers without any expectation of reward.
Big Questions Online
Emotional Intelligence for Success
What underlies success? Self-control, according to psychology professor David DeSteno. But why are we still so bad it?
Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others
Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being?
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