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.
You Aren’t at the Mercy of Your Emotions — Your Brain Creates Them
Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness, and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway?
The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions
Willpower is for chumps. Here’s what actually works.
Gray Matter, The New York Times
Why Getting Even May Make You Feel Worse in the Long Run
Humans may be hard-wired to seek revenge, but research suggests moving on brings better closure.
The Washington Post
The Psychology of Taking a Knee
The backlash against protests by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes raises all sorts of scientific questions.
Emotional Intelligence Needs a Rewrite
Think you can read people’s emotions? Think again.
The Benefits of Talking to Yourself
Self-talk is sometimes looked at as just an eccentric quirk, but research has found that it can influence behavior and cognition.
Smarter Living, The New York Times
Emotions Expressed by the Dying Are Unexpectedly Positive
“When we imagine our emotions as we approach death, we think mostly of sadness and terror,” says psychological scientist Kurt Gray of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “But it turns out, dying is less sad and terrifying — and happier — than you think.”
Association for Psychological Science
Want to Be More Optimistic? Consider the Triumph of Human Reason
Yale psychologist Paul Bloom has views on empathy, emotion, and rationality that make him a black sheep among his peers.
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