by Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times You may have heard the term “piercing eyes,” but what if someone’s gaze was so penetrating that it managed to induce an altered state of consciousness? Well, according to one psychologist, staring into somebody’s eyes for about 10 straight minutes can cause you to have “out of body” experiences, hallucinations, and visions of loved ones who aren’t present. The experiment, conducted in 2015 by Dr. Giovanni Caputo of Italy’s University of Urbino, was conducted in a dimly lit room where 20 volunteers sat in pairs while staring intently into one another’s eyes … Continue reading STARING INTO SOMEBODY’S EYES FOR 10 MINUTES CAN ALTER YOUR STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Illustration by Annie Zhao By Mike Pearl “It’s super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history.” In the summer of 2015—the warmest year on record at the time—it was the literal heat that got to Meg Ruttan Walker, a 37-year-old former teacher in Kitchener, Ontario. “Summers have been stressful to me since having my son,” said Ruttan Walker, who is now an environmental activist. “It’s hard to enjoy a season that’s a constant reminder that the world is getting warmer.” “I think my anxiety just reached a peak,” Ruttan Walker continued. It felt like there … Continue reading Climate Despair’ Is Making People Give Up on Life
Some people think that encountering a black cat is a sign of bad luck. By Ana Sandoiu Fact checked by Paula Field Today is Friday the 13th, and vast numbers of people across the world will avoid going about their usual business because they fear this day will bring them “bad luck.” In this Spotlight feature, we examine the psychological mechanisms behind superstitious thinking. Speaking of business, not only do airlines and airports routinely skip a 13th aisle or the 13th gate, but more than 80% of high-rise buildings all over the world lack a 13th floor. Also, some hotels and hospitals often choose … Continue reading How do superstitions affect our psychology and well-being?
By Kelly Servick In 1998, Gustavo Ayala, a young pathologist, landed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, ready to start to see patients. But his state medical license was delayed, and during 4 months of unexpected freedom, he found himself hunched over lab dishes, absorbed by a strange kind of cellular courtship. Ayala hadn’t planned to do research full time, but a little-explored feature of cancer enticed him: the tendency of some cancer cells to wrap around nerves and grow along them. He had seen that “perineural invasion” in cancer patients and knew it often signaled an aggressive tumor … Continue reading How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer
by Soren Dreier Therapy is often touted as a ‘safe place’, when, in fact, it is anything but that. It is a place where we surface our demons, dig deep into our neuroses, explore our habit patterns and challenge belief systems that often do more harm than good. Therapy is a place where we learn to be uncomfortable with ourselves, so we can, ultimately, become more comfortable with who we are and our place in the world. We Don’t ‘Get Better’ The spiritual teacher Ram Dass is often quoted as saying that, after 40 years of psychotherapy and meditation (for … Continue reading When Therapy Makes Things Worse
by Chris Bourn If we can only break through the awkwardness barrier, striking up conversations at random is the cheapest form of therapy there is “That’s great work you’re doing there. It really is the most neatly arranged stack of loaves of bread I’ve seen in a long while…” These words have all taken a running cliff-dive out of my mouth, and now I can never get them to go back in. They are so weird that the guy I’m talking to, maybe 18 or 19, who’s filling shelves in a bakery, is taking a full five seconds to process … Continue reading WHY TALKING TO STRANGERS IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Art by Alessandro Sanna from Crescendo. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow…” BY MARIA POPOVA In the final years of his long life, which encompassed world wars and assassinations and numerous terrors, the great cellist and human rights advocate Pablo Casals urged humanity to “make this world worthy of its children.” Today, as we face a world that treats … Continue reading On Children: Poignant Parenting Advice from Kahlil Gibran