Our World of Symbols and the Unconscious Power of Dreams, Art, and Mythology

We live in a world of symbols. A symbol can be any word, image, object, animal, or person that represents an idea or connotation outside of its ordinary meaning. For example, a “snake” in mythology is a common symbol for … Continue reading

How Culture Influences Our Minds in Profound Ways We Don’t Even Realize

Culture plays a big role in how we see the world, how we think about it, and how we act in it. A person born into one culture can end up with a very different type of mindset than a … Continue reading

How to Communicate Your Feelings Without Becoming an Emotional Manipulator

It’s important to be open and honest when you communicate your feelings to others, but we also have to be careful not to turn ourselves into “emotional manipulators.” Too often we believe that merely speaking our feelings (“That makes me … Continue reading

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