What Causes Narcissism?

Dealing with narcissists is no easy task. They are by definition arrogant, entitled, exploitative, self-absorbed, and forceful. At the same time, they are also charming, persuasive, and attractive — making it difficult to navigate past their treacherous webs. But how do narcissists get that way in the first place? In trying to explain the development of this rather uncharitable trait, current...

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How to Make Peace With Something You Cannot Control

Being in control feels safe, you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill. When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releases cortisol and it feels like an emergency. You can re-wire your brain to feel safe when you’re not in control. That doesn’t mean being out of control...

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Study: Engaging With Social Media Can Drain Your Brain

The retweet is a major social currency of our time. Even if we generally aren’t reading the stuff we’re retweeting, it seems harmless enough to share whatever grabs a sliver of our interest. But then again, maybe it’s not so harmless. So argues a new study by a research team from Cornell University and Beijing University. The researchers wondered if retweeting and otherwise sharing information...

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A hostage negotiator's tips on how to get your kids to do what you want

1. Be nice "It's hard for people to be mean to someone who is being nice," says O'Sullivan. So when assigning an unpleasant task, do it with a smile. A calm or friendly voice will be received better than an urgent or demanding tone. 2. Frame orders as requests People don't like being told what to do. If a negotiator wants a barricaded subject to cooperate, they'll ask politely if he can come out...

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The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your brain happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy to do instead of stuff like winning the lottery. Neuroscience has answers. I’ve discussed this subject before and it was so popular I decided to call an expert to get even more dead simple ways to start your brain feeling joy. Alex Korb is a...

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14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step. 1. You skip exercise when you’re tired Skipping your workout to save...

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What to Know About Parkinson’s Disease After Muhammad Ali’s Death

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died on Friday at 74, decades after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He had recently been admitted to a hospital in Arizona with serious respiratory issues, and family members rushed to his bedside as his condition deteriorated. The Associated Press offers some answers to common questions about Parkinson’s:   Q: What is Parkinson’s? A: Parkinson’s is...

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Losing weight comes down to overcoming 3 main hurdles

So you want to drop a couple sizes. You know the drill: Eat more veggies; fewer cookies. Drink more water; less soda. Work out a few times a week. Still, while most of us know the basics of healthy living, getting trim is hard work. That's why we recently talked to exercise scientist Philip Stanforth, executive director of the Fitness Institute of Texas and a professor of exercise science at the...

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