Coping with Challenges

The Neuroscience of Ultrarunning

 

 

Ultrarunning is, quite literally, a physical journey – from point A to point B. But it is also a metaphysical journey. Sometimes that journey travels outward – like when we realize that the challenges in our lives pale in comparison to what we have already faced while running – and sometimes it travels inward – like when we find ourselves struggling, deep into a race and fighting hard to find the strength to continue. Yet...
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Why We Are So Intrigued By Narcissism

 

 

When Jean Twenge described narcissism as an epidemic in 2009, she was mostly referring to kids and adolescents. In her book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Twenge cited numerous reasons – from greater access to social media, and the ability to craft profiles and construct self-images that only portray them in the best light, to growing up in an instant gratification world that leads to a superiority complex and the inability...
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On Coming Alive

A few years ago, Dean Karnazes mentioned to me that he believed that it is in the struggle – in facing adversity – that we become most alive.

Karnazes’s comment wasn’t entirely surprising given the context. I had sent him a copy of my book, Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks Into Springboards for a review. While in my book I argue that setbacks are often the catalyst of profound growth and the very...
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The Four Minute Mile, The Two Hour Marathon, and The Danger of Glass Ceilings

 

Before Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile on May 6th, 1954, on Iffley Road Track in Oxford, physiologists, doctors, and athletes themselves had contended that running a mile in under four minutes wasn’t only impossible, it might actually lead to death. The human body simply wasn’t equipped to accomplish such a feat, they said. On a deeper level the message was clear: there are certain limits about ourselves that must be observed, certain limits that...
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Three Things About Mentally Strong People That Will Surprise You

 

Mentally strong people can often seem like superheroes. Like winners of some genetic lottery, they seem bestowed with extraordinary abilities while the rest of us can only stand by in admiration – or envy. But actually, there are a lot of things that we misread about mentally strong people. For one thing, they are not superhuman, and while they may have talent, more than that, they have a work...
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We Are All Becoming More Narcissistic



Tracy Alloway and her research team recently asked more than 400 individuals a question many of us probably ask ourselves every time we check us Facebook profile: Does this make me more narcissistic? Using a survey of questions ranging from how many hours per day they spent on Facebook, the number of times they updated their status, and the look of their profile picture – as physically attractive, cool, glamorous and fashionable...
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