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Your Brain Is Much Better Than You Think

Excerpted from How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci By Michael J. Gelb Although it is hard to overstate Leonardo da Vinci's brilliance, recent scientific research reveals that you probably underestimate your own capabilities. You are gifted with virtually unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Ninety-five percent of what we know about the capabilities of the human brain has been learned in the last twenty years. Our schools, universities, and corporations are o

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Work Doesn't Work - The Working Poor

Excerpted from The Working Poor: Invisible in America By David K. Shipler Christie did a job that this labor-hungry economy could not do without. Every morning she drove her battered '86 Volkswagen from her apartment in public housing to the YWCAs child-care center in Akron, Ohio, where she spent the day watching over little children so their parents could go to work. Without her and thousands like her across the country, there would have been fewer people able to fill

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Women's Words: Educators in the Information Age

Excerpted from The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World By Helen Fisher, Ph.D. Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue." So spoke Hamlet to his actors, encouraging them to speak smoothly, appropriately, and eloquently. Women can be clever, broad-minded, intuitive, and many other things. But of all of women's gifts, their most outstanding, I think, is the talent that Shakespeare cherished-a

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Women Really Can Be Blinded By Jealousy

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women literally can be blinded by jealousy, says a new study, suggesting that jealousy can really distract women so much that they fail to spot things in front of their eyes, therefore exposing the union with a partner to extreme danger. In the new study, carried out by Steven Most and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, two psychology professors from the University of Delaware, twenty five heterosexual romantic couples

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Women Give More Preference to Men In Luxury Cars

By Margarita Nahapetyan Psychologists have now proved scientifically what for many years was just a belief for many men and advertises - the car one drives can really make its owner more attractive to a woman. Researchers at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, said that the results of their findings show that women rate a man significantly higher if he is sitting behind the wheels of a flashy car, rather than in some old bange

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Women Circling the Earth

Excerpted from Women Circling the Earth: A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment By Beverly Engel I am not the first person to write about circles and I certainly won't be the last. Starhawk wrote about circles in 1982, and Sedonia Cahill and Joshua Halpern introduced many people to circles in their 1990 book The Ceremonial Circle. In 1994 Christina Baldwin, in her groundbreaking book, Calling the Circle: The First and Future C

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Women Can Detect Body Odor More Effectively Than Men

By Margarita Nahapetyan There is no chance that you could fool a woman when it comes to smelling the body odor. The U.S. scientists found that it is women, and not men, who are more sensitive among two genders, to perceive biologically relevant information from body sweat. According to the study's lead author, Charles J. Wysocki, PhD, a behavioral neuroscientist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, it is very hard to bloc

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With A Purpose In Life You Will Live Longer

By Margarita Nahapetyan With a purpose in life you are going to live longer, according to scientists at Rush University Medical Center, who say that focus, intention and having a meaning in life are associated with lower mortality rates among older adults. And it appears not to matter that much what the purpose is, or whether the purpose involves a goal that is ambitious or modest. "It can be anything -- from wanting to accomplish a g

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Will You Marry Me? Commitment (for Better or for Worse)

Excerpted from Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget By Marianne J. Legato, MD, FACP I have always loved men. I like the way they feel, taste, smell-and most of all, the way they think. Medical school was a vast garden of camaraderie and friendliness, where men of all sizes and shapes taught and mentored me and my (mostly male) fellow students. We were partners in a privileged fraternity, where intellectual achievement was the coin of the realm, and we built fri

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Why Men Can't Feel

Excerpted from Angry Men, Passive Men: Understanding the Roots of Men's Anger and How to Move Beyond It By Marvin Allen Of all the various professions psychotherapy seems to offer the most ready access to the inner lives of men and women. Sociologists examine broad trends and patterns. Physicians work with tissue and bone. Philosophers ponder universal truths. Linguists dissect words and phrases. But therapists are privy to the hidden fears and secret longings of their

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Why Black Americans Still Don't Feel at Home

Excerpted from Yet A Stranger; Why Black Americans Still Don't Feel at Home By Deborah Mathis The flagrantly racist acts and policies that stain much of American history provide a certain service in that they are unambiguous. "Whites only" signs require no interpretation or discernment. However ridiculous and offensive the old-fashioned tactics and systems of racism were, they were at least straightforward. They were at least-and it pains me to apply this term to such e

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When Old Feelings Discharge

Excerpted from Emotional Resilience: The Unfinished Business of Your Past By David Viscott, M.D. Complex emotions can be reduced to a simple formula, simple emotions can seem incomprehensible when you are embroiled in your own difficulties. When you hold on to a painful feeling, rather than express it spontaneously, you begin to distort it. The longer the feeling is stored, the more distorted it tends to become. While the event that caused the o

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What's in the Cup? Finding Comfort in the Scriptures

Excerpted from Mending Your Heart in a Broken World: Finding Comfort in the Scriptures By Patsy Clairmont What enthralls us so about a palace? Is it the wealth, the power, the political sway? Perhaps the idyllic longing to be a prince or a princess and to live happily ever after? I know as a child I sported my share of construction-paper tiaras as I pranced and pirouetted about my kingdom in search of Prince Charming. Then I grew out of my tiara

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What Really Matters

Excerpted from What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America By Tony Schwartz What does a life of total dedication to the truth meant It means, first of all, a life of continuous and never-ending stringent self-examination. We know the world through our relationship to it... The life of wisdom must be a life of contemplation combined with action. - M. SCOTT PECK One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making

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What Is Your Compelling Purpose for Organizing?

Excerpted from It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys : The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized By Marilyn Paul, Ph.D. Recently, Melissa, one of my clients, told me, "I don't like being disorganized. I waste a lot of time looking for things. I hate the way my apartment looks. I miss appointments because I forget to write things down. I'm looking for an exciting, responsible job, and I know I need to change. But when I have free time, I don'

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What Is No Opportunity Wasted?

Excerpted from No Opportunity Wasted; Creating a List for Life By Phil Keoghan, Warren Berger I began compiling that list of 'things to do before I die' the same day that I was rescued. The first version of the list was written on the back of a brown paper lunch bag, in pencil, with words scribbled in and crossed out - the handwriting of someone in a hurry to start living. I don't have that original list anymore, but I remember what was on it, and I particularly recall

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What Is Attitudinal Healing?

Excerpted from Change Your Mind, Change Your Life By Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., Diane V. Cirincione Resistance to Change When a friend or a person at one of our lectures or workshops asks us to describe the principles of Attitudinal Healing, I (Jerry) often think of the example of my own life and how certain beliefs that I have held in my mind came very close to destroying me. From 1925 to 1975, the first fifty years of

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What Is Anger?

Excerpted from Boiling Point the Workbook: Dealing With the Anger in Our Lives By Jane Middelton-Moz, Ph.D. Anger is a word that is commonly used to describe a wide range of emotions. I asked a number of people how they would define anger. Below are two examples of the descriptions given: A woman, age thirty-two, a housekeeper: "Anger is rage inside you that you can't cope with or deal with." A man, age twenty-seven, a r

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What Do You Really Want In Life?

Excerpted from The Hoffman Process By Tim Laurence YOU CAN USE the tool of awareness in many ways. In the last chapter we used awareness to shed light on what we wanted to change in our lives. Another great use of awareness is to consider how would we like our lives actually to be and how we would like to be in them. Then we get even more motivated to go beyond the known and comfortable. We often know what we don't want in life and long to be rid of what makes us misera

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What Black Love Is . . .

Excerpted from Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America By Tavis Smiley My Baby Brother On January 23, 1970, my baby brother, George, was born. He had cocoa skin, full lips, beautiful brown eyes, and a head full of gorgeous silky Black hair George looked perfect on the outside, but he was born with a defective heart. My parents were crushed. But they were determined that they woul

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Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium

Excerpted from Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium: A Daybook of Hopes and Wishes for the Future By Jane Middelton-Moz, Ph.D. Families are gathered in the community center of a small town for a potluck dinner. Everyone is eating and chatting energetically when a man and woman walk in, the man tenderly carrying a tiny baby in his arms. They walk to the center of the room; then the man quiets the crowd, letting them know he has something important to say. Although

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Victimhood

Excerpted from Soul of Adulthood: Opening the Doors... By John Friel, Ph.D., Linda Friel While each of us grapples with layers of meaning inside of us, there are also parallel struggles going on in the broader world outside. The two are obviously related because our political and historical dramas are reflections of the myriad layers of our individual longings as they emerge, express themselves and collide with one another. Whatever is in our hearts gets projected out o

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Us and Them; Understanding Your Tribal Mind

Excerpted from Us and Them; Understanding Your Tribal Mind By David Berreby In the spring of 2004, the Republican Party of Illinois found itself with a problem. Its nominee in the upcoming election for the U.S. Senate, Jack Ryan, had been severely embarrassed by revelations about his sexual tastes contained in five-year-old divorce papers. It was bad news for a party that had already been tarnished by corruption charges two years earlier against the state's Republican g

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Unlikeability Doesn't Work

Excerpted from The Likeability Factor : How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams By Tim Sanders People with a negative reputation have few successful relationships. Think of the characters on the hit 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. Low L-factors kept all of them single for the show's entire run. George Costanza was neurotic beyond comprehension. He wore away at you until your teeth itched. Jerry Seinfeld was a perfectionist without sympathy for anyone else's fla

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Understanding the Four Fictions - The Power of Insight and Honesty

Excerpted from Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty By Keith Ablow, M.D. If you were to tell someone the story of your life, would you be honest from start to finish? Or would there be gaping holes? Would there be chapters you would want to hide-not only from others but from yourself as well? Because we unconsciously (and even neurologically) treat the painful chapters of our lives as the enemy, nearly e

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