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Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

Selective memory, or why anti-smoking campaigns don’t work

How many smokers do you know who’ve given up because of the images of damaged lungs, impotence, etc. on cigarette packets? Personally, I don’t know any. Moreover, I doubt that these ‘motivational’ campaigns achieve the desired result. If we want to know why, we should take a look at what science can tell us. In an experiment in the 1980s, Roberts showed smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers advertising campaigns in favour of and against smoking. With …

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Common myths about love and happiness

Common myths about love and happiness

If we compiled a list of all the things that we need to be happy, it’s possible that we would include being in a relationship, getting married or not splitting up if we’re already with someone. Psychologists have set about examining this question and have analyzed if our list of seemingly marvellous things would actually bring us the happiness that we’re looking for. Their findings are conclusive: it seems that many of the elements in …

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The right mental diet for having a healthy brain

The right mental diet for having a healthy brain

The brain runs on biochemical energy. If we know how it works, we will be able to make better use of it. However, like any other muscle in our body, we need to train it. This can only be done through having the right “mental diet”, made up of a range of activities which are not always present in our daily lives. David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, and Daniel J. Siegel, describe …

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How to give good feedback

How to give good feedback

Imagine that you need to tell someone that you don’t like something that they’ve done. It could be a remark of theirs, a gesture, an act, etc. To use a term taken from the world of work, you want to give them feedback. Not all feedback is about negative things. However, there’s no doubt that this is the most difficult type of feedback to give. For this reason, we’re going to look at some key …

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Playing to feel alive

Playing to feel alive

 

When the novelist Gabriel García Márquez was asked his opinion about educating children, he replied “The only thing that’s really important is to find the toy that they carry round inside them.” Every child has their own different toy, and the key is to discover what it is. The writer was speaking from experience. García Márquez was a poor student until one of his teachers helped him to find the toy inside him: words, which …

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