About Steven Handel

Steven Handel is the creator of The Emotion Machine. He has been writing about various topics in psychology and self improvement for over 6 years. Check out his self improvement toolkit for free guides and workbooks. Also check out his recommended psychology books to discover more about how the human mind works.

Hive Mind: The Synergistic Effects of Being Around Really Smart People

IQ is one of the oldest and most reliable measures in all of psychology. While IQ isn’t a perfect measure of intelligence, most research has found it to be strongly associated with a wide-range of mental ability including memory, attention, … Continue reading

Meditation Is A Type of Technology, Like a Telescope or Microscope

Meditation is a popular subject that comes with many different connotations. For many, it is seen as a type of magical or esoteric tool that connects you with a supreme force of the universe. However, according to The Mindful Geek: … Continue reading

Destroy Your Ego Before It Destroys You (And How We Make Bad Situations Even Worse)

Confidence is a very valuable trait to have, but an unhealthy ego is often an unjustified sense of confidence that can end up destroying us. In the brand new book Ego Is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday shows how our egos … Continue reading

Ride the Tiger: Transcending the Unescapable And Following Your “Inner Law”

When many look at the world today, they see an existence that is fundamentally broken, corrupt, and meaningless. We no longer have a strong center in our lives. And so many of us in modern society are driven to escape … Continue reading

The Disintegration of the Community: Why We Feel Alone Even When Surrounded By People

Do you feel like you’re a part of your local community? If your answer is “no,” you’re not defective, this is actually how many people feel today. According to sociologist Robert Putnam in his classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse … Continue reading