What Great Apes Teach Us About Emotions, Morality, and Civilization

As civilized humans, we don’t often like to think of ourselves as animals, but that is exactly what we are. When it comes to the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans), we share over 90 percent of our genes … Continue reading

Listen to Epic Movie Soundtracks to Pump Yourself Up and Get Inspired

A big part of self improvement is being smarter about your environment. In psychology terms, this means paying attention to the types of stimuli you’re feeding into your brain on a daily basis because they can have both a short-term … Continue reading

Reframing Your Dark Side: Embracing Your Shadow Is Key to Genuine Mental Health

One of the major themes of this site is that “all emotions serve a valuable function in our lives.” This includes not just the positive, “feel good” aspects of our mind but also the negative, “feel bad” aspects of our … Continue reading

The Powerful Lesson “Inside Out” Teaches Us About Emotional Intelligence

Inside Out is one of the best children’s movies of 2015, but it also encompasses a powerful lesson that we can all learn about emotional intelligence. For those that don’t already know, “Inside Out” is the newest movie by animation … Continue reading

Reconnecting With Your Body After Trauma

Our emotional experiences often have a physical component to them. When we’re nervous, we may feel a churning in our stomachs. When we’re disappointed, we may feel our hearts sink. And when we’re embarrassed, we may feel our faces flush. … Continue reading