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This Psychologist Is Using A.I. to Predict Who Will Attempt Suicide

According to Joe Franklin, computers are far better than people when it comes to guessing who’s at risk The U.S suicide rate is at a 30-year high. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2014 (the last year for which figures are available), 42,773 Americans took their own lives, most of them men. It’s a crisis, one mental health ...

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How it can limit even the best marketers

The curse of knowledge is a psychological effect that greatly influences our professional and personal life. Negatively, in many cases… Among persons especially vulnerable to its results, we can list employees in charge of communication within the company — managers, marketers, PR persons, HR department as well as Employer Branding. What is this curse exactly? The best way to explain the curse ...

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How The Endowment Effect Inspires App Loyalty

Attracting users — and keeping them — requires knowing why people place more value on things they already have. Sandwiched between the gleaming walls of an LA Fitness club and a giant grocery store in Seattle’s Ballard neighbourhood is a baffling sight. A tiny, nondescript house — dubbed the “Up” house, after Pixar’s 2009 movie of the same name — stands engulfed on three sides by a shopping mall. ...

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Five Lessons From Humanistic Psychology That Will Facilitate Personal Growth

I’ve been a fan of humanistic psychology for a little over a year now, and this was further solidified after my recent reading of Abraham Maslow’s book, “Toward A Psychology of Being.” Humanistic Psychology developed in opposition to Freudian psychoanalysis, and was designed to represent a less sexualized, negative view of human nature. It emphasizes man’s inherent goodness and his ...

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This is How to Feel Fulfilled: Advice From Abraham Maslow

What MUST you be? Do you feel like you have more potential than you’re expressing? Like there’s this gap between who you are and who you could be? That can be a frustrating place to be. Luckily, one of the most prominent psychologists of all time studied this exact problem. And he came up with some pretty fantastic ideas for solving ...

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Will People Think I Am a Narcissist if I Write About Myself ?

Growing the Courage to Write and Post My 9th grade English teacher pulled me aside and told me I was a natural writer. I remember looking at her like she was from outer space, saying thank you, and then convincing myself she didn’t actually mean it. I also remember a meek little voice whispering “maybe…” I gently fondled the natural writer ...

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How FOMO Can Destroy Your Finances (and How to Overcome It)

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a powerful force — it always was and always will be. Humans are social creatures, evolved to seek comfort in numbers and avoid isolation like the plague. Fashion. Word choice. Social media. Career paths. Even hipsters belong to ingroups. Unless you’re wired differently, FOMO is inescapable. Honestly, that’s mostly OK. FOMO is just extra dangerous ...

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Do Children of Today Really Have Too Much Supervision?

Since the time I was 5 I’ve noticed many verbal and written diatribes excoriating parents for mollycoddling their children. Accusations allege parents “nowadays” give children too much supervision, too much structure, too little responsibility, too little independence, yada yada. I was young when the 60’s were raging. The elder generation said terrible things about us young people and our parents. ...

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To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones

One of the difficulties with achieving great things is knowing how to get there. Every book you read was written by someone who completed a book. Every concert you attend involves musicians who can play well enough to be onstage. You can see the final product, but you can’t see all of the steps required to get there. A lot ...

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The Threat Level is Severe, but so is the level of Desensitisation

I started thinking about this subject just after Halloween. Each Halloween my daughter and I have a little ritual where, like many, we sit down and watch a scary movie. We have watched some classics such as Halloween and the Exorcist. The thing that I have noticed is that her reactions were considerably different then my generation’s was when the ...

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