Archives for November, 2012

Conscious Lifestyle

Questions Are Great Brain Boosters – Except When They’re Not, 2 of 3

In Part 1 we discussed the difference between a 'real' question and a 'rhetorical-why' loop, and how the rhetorical-why-loop is more like an indictment because of its intent.

Here we look at how rhetorical-why-loop questions trip up our brain in ways that impair essential operations.

That's dangerous. Why?

A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that the subconscious has a much larger impact than science previously held on our response to perceived danger. This effect can...
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Conscious Lifestyle

Holidays: How to Protect Health, Joy & Meaning From Sugar-Blues (Kick Sugar-Addiction), 1 of 2



The holidays are officially here with the celebration of Thanksgiving, the official kick-off for the holiday season. Like many, you may have mixed feelings of joyous expectation on the one hand, and dread on the other wishing you could “enjoy” the holidays this year without stalling your healthy-eating and exercise goals – or feeling emotionally drained by the demands and expectations of family and the season.


Perhaps you've worked hard to build your esteem and confidence,...
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Addictive Relating

Questions Are Great Brain Boosters – Or Are They? (1 of 3)


Questions are great brain boosters. They can energize us to start a new behavior, or to break free and let go of an old one. That's because questions can stimulate powerful emotions, such as curiosity or wonder, which put our brains in first gear, raring to go and learn. Some questions, that is.

A ground-breaking study by Swiss researchers published in Nature revealed that, though the neurons of the amygdala play...
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