Category: Hypnosis

The difference between science and science’s brand

The difference between science and science’s brand

It might not feel like it, but the cause of science has come a long way. If you feel disheartened by all the creationists, climate deniers and snake oil salesfolk out there, then remember this: Galileo declared that Earth might not be the centre…

Rebalance humans by elevating the internal

Rebalance humans by elevating the internal

What separates humans from other species? It’s not language, tool use, culture, teamwork or even most forms of intelligence. (Chimps do surprisingly well at modified IQ tests.) One of the things that makes us unique probably shouldn’t define us. It’s not as romantic as…

What do you mean, “brains can’t separate reality from imagination”?

What do you mean, “brains can’t separate reality from imagination”?

If you’re into positive thinking, psychology or related fields, you’ve probably come across this line before: “Imagine what you want to happen, because your brain can’t distinguish your imagination from reality.” Now, I’m not going to call BS on that. There’s truth to it….

The Ancient Greek Colour Conundrum

The Ancient Greek Colour Conundrum

One of the strange mysteries in the history of language is this: what’s the deal with Ancient Greece and colour? Homer’s works are full of unusual quirks, like: Calling the sky bronze, Describing the ocean as ‘wine-dark’, Saying someone has blue hair. People offer…

The sweet ache of outgrowing your personality

The sweet ache of outgrowing your personality

A sign of personal growth is how you react when something knocks you back a rung. Maybe you catch a bug, lose your job or go without sleep for a week. Suddenly, you realise you’re operating at your old level again. If you don’t…

Are there antidepressants in your water supply?

Are there antidepressants in your water supply?

I remember reading a few years ago about the water supplies of a few major cities. People found all kinds of nasty stuff in there – drugs to lower cholesterol and unbalance your hormones and whatnot. And, as the headline foreshadowed, antidepressants. What’s going…

Dumb, wise, irrational and clever strategies

Dumb, wise, irrational and clever strategies

When is being irrational the best strategy? I was reading an interesting book that touched on this. As hunter-gatherers, our ancestors couldn’t be too predictable. If they always went for deer at the edge of the forest, then deer would learn to avoid them….

“Think outside the box” is the new box

“Think outside the box” is the new box

Over the last decade or few, there’s been a strong push towards innovation and creativity in the workplace. Leaders know this is the new competitive edge. So they encourage their employees to think differently. To challenge the norms. To defy the company’s and industry’s…

Make your inner critic pay rent

Make your inner critic pay rent

I know plenty of people who struggle with meditation. They’ll say something like it doesn’t interest them, they can’t sit still, or they gave it a go and it didn’t work. It might even be true. But for many people, they don’t like coming…

Quit smoking through psychology, not chemistry

Quit smoking through psychology, not chemistry

I was reading an article the other day that made me cringe. You know those different flavours you can enjoy while vaping? It turns out those chemicals are quite bad for you. So bad, in fact, they might increase your risks of lung cancer….

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