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

How to Escape From the Vicious Cycle of Shaming in Our Digital World

Shaming can be a double-edged sword in our society. One benefit of shaming is that it can be an effective way to regulate people’s behaviors in a relatively peaceful and nonviolent fashion. When a corporation is found doing something misleading … 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

How to Completely Forgive Yourself

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde We have a natural tendency to blame ourselves when something goes wrong in our lives. This is because we have evolved to experience emotions like shame … Continue reading