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How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that many of us will find ourselves elbow to elbow with family members, some of whom may have wildly differing opinions on topics like whether cranberry sauce should be homemade or canned, and who should be president. Before things get too heated, we recommend listening to this…

How to Spot the Next Mass Shooter How to Spot the Next Mass Shooter

The Thousand Oaks shooter allegedly assaulted his track coach, years before the shooting. She was encouraged to keep it quiet. The Florida high school shooter allegedly abused, threatened, and stalked people he knew. The Las Vegas shooter allegedly verbally abused his girlfriend in public. There’s no surefire way to…

Here's What a Psychopath Actually Is Here's What a Psychopath Actually Is

We use the term psycho all the time, but what does it actually mean? 

How to Not Get Fooled by Ikea's Mind Games How to Not Get Fooled by Ikea's Mind Games

Sometimes walking through Ikea feels like you’re in a maze where the walls are built from eye-catching organizational units. You both can’t and don’t want to leave. This isn’t an accident—Ikea is trapping you on purpose.

How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD

You know those days: You wake up in a dark mood, sure that everything is terrible and doom is imminent. And then you have a conversation, or read a book, or hear a song, or have some experience that changes your mood entirely. Your perspective has shifted. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode with David…

After a Traumatic Event, Consider Psychological First Aid After a Traumatic Event, Consider Psychological First Aid

When something traumatic happens, people have psychological needs as well as physical ones. Mental health professionals from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas volunteered to help after the Las Vegas shooting last year, and they recently told The Conversation what good psychological first aid looks like.

How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud  How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud 

This week we chat with Les Stroud, the creator and star of the hit TV series “Survivorman.” Alice and staff writer Nick Douglas talk with Les about just how one becomes an expert in surviving, as well as the one aspect of survival that he finds nearly impossible to endure. We’re also joined by our old friend, divorce…

How to Have a Conversation With a Conspiracy Theorist Without Losing Your Mind How to Have a Conversation With a Conspiracy Theorist Without Losing Your Mind

Faked moon landing, #PizzaGate, September 11th was an inside job, Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons to cover up Whitewater, the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax—the list of American conspiracy theories is long and bizarre. Side-show paranoid nonsense becomes alarming and enraging, however, when ordinary people…

How to Handle a Crisis How to Handle a Crisis

A crisis is, often, an impossible situation. You have to make immediate decisions without enough information. You need to keep people safe, but you don’t have the time or resources for the usual safety measures. The Guardian recently asked people who’ve handled extreme situations how they knew what to do. Here are…

Don't Try to Purge Your Stress Dreams Don't Try to Purge Your Stress Dreams

I don’t wish that I’d finished college. I dropped out one semester early, for exactly the kind of media job that I’d hoped to work toward after graduating. So why have I had the same dream for years, where I’ve gone back to school for one last semester, moved away from my wife and into a dorm, and I’m already late for…

Motivate Your Teen With This Interviewing Trick  Motivate Your Teen With This Interviewing Trick 

When parents tell their teenagers to do something, it makes them want to, well, not do it. You know this if you have a teen, or if you have ever been a teen. Moms and dads can keep pushing, nagging, threatening to shut down Fortnite forever, but that only leads to short-term compliance at best.

How Many Friends Do You Need to Be Happy?

We’re social creatures by nature who rely on one another, so we automatically seek out people to create substantial relationships. But how many friends do you need in your life? And how many can you actually have?

How Psychedelics Can Expand Your Consciousness, With Michael Pollan How Psychedelics Can Expand Your Consciousness, With Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan has been writing about the the intersection of nature and culture for over 30 years. He may be best known as the guy who summed up his principles for eating thusly: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” He is the author of several books, including In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The…

The Best Way to Ask for a Favor The Best Way to Ask for a Favor

So, you need some help. It’s okay, we all need a hand sometimes. Problem is, a lot of us don’t know how to go about asking—so we don’t. Well, according to a social psychologist, here’s the simplest, most effective way to ask for a favor.

How to Avoid a Life of Regret How to Avoid a Life of Regret

What is it you’ll regret most about your life when your time is up? Failure to fulfill your duty and obligations? Or the failure to follow your dreams? New research from Cornell University suggests our biggest regrets have nothing to do with our responsibilities in life.

Where to Get Help if You're Struggling to Find Love, Sex, and Companionship Where to Get Help if You're Struggling to Find Love, Sex, and Companionship

You can trace a lot, and perhaps most, of what is happening in a culture through the words people choose to cloak their most terrifying and terrible instincts. And there are, right now, few self-chosen labels with worse connotations than “involuntarily celibate” or “incel.”

Why It's Harder to Think in the Summer Heat  Why It's Harder to Think in the Summer Heat 

Look, it’s just hard to get work done in the summer. It’s bright and sunny on the other side of that window, you’ve always got a friend or two posting beach pics on Instagram, and unless the A/C is blowing right on you, all you can think about is where your next ice-cold beverage is coming from.

The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They're Wrong Is to Show Them How They're Right The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They're Wrong Is to Show Them How They're Right

When you’re debating a topic with someone, it’s in your best interest to avoid flat-out telling someone they’re wrong. All it does is make the other person defensive, causing them to entrench themselves further in their beliefs. Instead, tell them all the ways they’re right, then guide them to realizing they’re wrong…

How to Think Like a Cat, With Humorist Stéphane Garnier  How to Think Like a Cat, With Humorist Stéphane Garnier 

Our guest on this week’s Upgrade is author Stéphane Garnier, whose book How to Think Like a Cat extols the many virtues of adopting a feline mindset.

If Meditation Stresses You Out, Try This If Meditation Stresses You Out, Try This

I have a bad habit of trying to meditate, getting distracted, and immediately giving up, just to try it again six months later. So this observation from redditor Subduction really got me:

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