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17 Of Plato's Most Famous Quotes That Can Help Us Improve Our Lives

Tue, 2017-11-14 20:56

Plato was a philosopher, as well as a mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science.


Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics. His lasting themes include Platonic love, the theory of forms, the five regimes, innate knowledge, among others. His theory of forms launched a unique perspective on abstract objects and led to a school of thought called Platonism.


I think it will be really useful for all of us to learn more about Platonism because it includes theories that can help us rethink our social life and improve ourselves. Let's see some of Plato's famous quotes....


...about wisdom

1) “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”


2) “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”


3) “The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one's education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.”


4) “An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.”


...about love

5) “Love is a serious mental disease.” (Phaedrus)


...about people and their behavior

6) “Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”


7) “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”


8) “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”


9) “There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”


10) “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”


11) “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”


12) “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”


...about politics, laws and war

13) “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”


14) “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”


15) “A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”


16) “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”


17) “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”


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Doctor's Photo That Shocked The Whole World

Tue, 2017-10-17 12:25

His own heart is not beating anymore, but the heart of the man whom he had saved is working without any problems. Polish Zbigniew Religa heart surgeon and his patient Tadeusz Żytkiewicz have a really unique link, as we see in the picture by the "National Geographic".


The watchful eye of a doctor, next to his patient, even after 23 hours of surgery, thrilled those who saw it and those who rightly decided to include the photo in the list of 100 best photographs published in the history of the magazine.


The maxim

Today the doctor is no longer alive, but his patient cared enough to remind us this amazing story.


It was just a difficult surgery. It was an impossible operation. Yet, the Polish surgeon Zbigniew Religa decided to take over. The scientist who in 1985 performed the first heart transplant surgery in Poland, as Head of Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic in Zabrze, wanted to take personal salvation of the 61-year-old man, Tadeusz Żytkiewicz, whom no doctor agreed to perform the surgery because of his advanced age.


It was in August 1987 when the suitable graft was found. Without wasting time, Religa informed the patient that the surgery was scheduled immediately. At the end of that day, the above photography was taken by the American photographer James Lee Stanfilnt. «National Geographic» was seeking a photo illustrating the decline in health sector in U.S.A. after the end of Cold War.


After 23 hours in the operating room, staff shortages and sophisticated machinery, sleepless Religa stood guard beside his patient, anxiously watching the progress of his health on the monitors that were connected.



The assistant

Stanfilnt did not focus only on the restless dedicated doctor and his patient, who was struggling to stay alive with the help of outdated machines and technology, but he included the depleted assistant surgeon, who could not stand and fall asleep in a corner of the operating theater.


“In this era you need more than just a nice picture. You need information and elements that add dimension and drama to the photo and helps narrate a story.” The story in this case had a happy ending. The next day, the patient recovered and was feeling healthier than ever. Religa sighed with relief after the second heart transplant was completed successfully.


Nobody thought that Religa's heart would betray him first. The Polish surgeon excelled in the field of transplantation in the ’90s, and in 2004 he was awarded for the development of an implantable pump to support cardiac function.


The maniac smoker who served as Minister of Health

Alongside with the scientific activity, Religa chased a career in politics too. He arrived in 2005 to run in the presidential elections. Although he lost, he remained at the forefront, serving Health Minister of Poland from 2005 until 2007. He had not the opportunity to be a candidate in elections again, after his 2009 event where lung cancer was the reason to prematurely cut the thread of life. Although he knew as a doctor about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, he was a maniac who declared he didn't want to quit. When the disease was detected, it was already at a very advanced stage.


The funeral was held at the cemetery for non-Catholics as Religa was declared atheist and was broadcasted live on television. Both the photographer and the 88-year-old Żytkiewicz Tadeusz were there. Żytkiewicz was holding a photo with the surgery, the doctor-hero at himself side by side, as an amulet.



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The White Man In That Photo

Tue, 2017-10-17 10:17

Sometimes photographs deceive. Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and it certainly deceived me for a long time.


I always saw the photo as a powerful image of two barefoot black men, with their heads bowed, their black-gloved fists in the air while the US National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” played. It was a strong symbolic gesture – taking a stand for African American civil rights in a year of tragedies that included the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.


It’s a historic photo of two men of color. For this reason I never really paid attention to the other man, white, like me, motionless on the second step of the medal podium. I considered him a random presence, an extra in Carlos and Smith’s moment, or a kind of intruder. Actually, I even thought that that guy – who seemed to be just a simpering Englishman – represented, in his icy immobility, the will to resist the change that Smith and Carlos were invoking in their silent protest. But I was wrong.


Thanks to an old article by Gianni Mura, today I discovered the truth: that white man in the photo is, perhaps, the biggest hero of that night in 1968. His name was Peter Norman, he was an Australian who arrived in the 200 meters finals after having ran an amazing 20.22 in the semi finals. Only the two Americans, Tommie “The Jet” Smith and John Carlos had done better: 20.14 and 20.12, respectively.


It seemed as if the victory would be decided between the two Americans. Norman was an unknown sprinter, who seemed to just be having a good couple of heats. John Carlos, years later, said that he was asked what happened to the small white guy – standing at 5’6”tall, and running as fast as him and Smith, both taller than 6’2”.


The time for the finals arrives, and the outsider Peter Norman runs the race of a lifetime, improving on his time yet again. He finishes the race at 20.06, his best performance ever, an Australian record that still stands today, 47 years later.


But that record wasn’t enough, because Tommie Smith was really “The Jet,” and he responded to Norman’s Australian record with a world record. In short, it was a great race.


Yet that race will never be as memorable as what followed at the awards ceremony.


It didn’t take long after the race to realize that something big, unprecedented, was about to take place on the medal podium. Smith and Carlos decided they wanted to show the entire world what their fight for human rights looked like, and word spread among the athletes.


Norman was a white man from Australia, a country that had strict apartheid laws, almost as strict as South Africa. There were tension and protests in the streets of Australia following heavy restrictions on non-white immigration and discriminatory laws against aboriginal people, some of which consisted of forced adoptions of native children to white families.


The two Americans had asked Norman if he believed in human rights. Norman said he did. They asked him if he believed in God, and he, who had been in the Salvation Army, said he believed strongly in God. “We knew that what we were going to do was far greater than any athletic feat, and he said “I’ll stand with you” – remembers John Carlos – “I expected to see fear in Norman’s eyes, but instead we saw love.”


Smith and Carlos had decided to get up on the stadium wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge, a movement of athletes in support of the battle for equality.



They would receive their medals barefoot, representing the poverty facing people of color. They would wear the famous black gloves, a symbol of the Black Panthers’ cause. But before going up on the podium they realized they only had one pair of black gloves. “Take one each”, Norman suggested. Smith and Carlos took his advice.


But then Norman did something else. “I believe in what you believe. Do you have another one of those for me”? he asked, pointing to the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on the others’ chests. “That way I can show my support for your cause.” Smith admitted to being astonished, ruminating: “Who is this white Australian guy? He won his silver medal, can’t he just take it and that be enough!”.


Smith responded that he didn’t, also because he would not be denied his badge. There happened to be a white American rower with them, Paul Hoffman, an activist with the Olympic Project for Human Rights. After hearing everything he thought “if a white Australian is going to ask me for an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge, then by God he would have one!” Hoffman didn’t hesitate: “I gave him the only one I had: mine”.


The three went out on the field and got up on the podium: the rest is history, preserved in the power of the photo. “I couldn’t see what was happening,” Norman recounts, “[but] I had known they had gone through with their plans when a voice in the crowd sang the American anthem but then faded to nothing. The stadium went quiet.”


The head of the American delegation vowed that these athletes would pay the price their entire lives for that gesture, a gesture he thought had nothing to do with the sport. Smith and Carlos were immediately suspended from the American Olympic team and expelled from the Olympic Village, while the rower Hoffman was accused of conspiracy.


Once home the two fastest men in the world faced heavy repercussions and death threats.


But time, in the end, proved that they had been right and they became champions in the fight for human rights. With their image restored they collaborated with the American team of Athletics, and a statue of them was erected at the San Jose State University. Peter Norman is absent from this statue. His absence from the podium step seems an epitaph of a hero that no one ever noticed. A forgotten athlete, deleted from history, even in Australia, his own country.



Four years later at the 1972 Summer Olympics that took place in Munich, Germany, Norman wasn’t part of the Australian sprinters' team, despite having run qualifying times for the 200 meters thirteen times and the 100 meters five times.


Norman left competitive athletics behind after this disappointment, continuing to run at the amateur level.


Back in the change-resisting, whitewashed Australia he was treated like an outsider, his family outcast, and work impossible to find. For a time he worked as a gym teacher, continuing to struggle against inequalities as a trade unionist and occasionally working in a butcher shop. An injury caused Norman to contract gangrene which led to issues with depression and alcoholism.


As John Carlos said, “If we were getting beat up, Peter was facing an entire country and suffering alone.” For years Norman had only one chance to save himself: he was invited to condemn his co-athletes, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gesture in exchange for a pardon from the system that ostracized him.


A pardon that would have allowed him to find a stable job through the Australian Olympic Committee and be part of the organization of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Norman never gave in and never condemned the choice of the two Americans.


He was the greatest Australian sprinter in history and the holder of the 200-meter record, yet he wasn’t even invited to the Olympics in Sydney. It was the American Olympic Committee, that once they learned of this news asked him to join their group and invited him to Olympic champion Michael Johnson’s birthday party, for whom Peter Norman was a role model and a hero.


Norman died suddenly from a heart attack in 2006, without his country ever having apologized for their treatment of him. At his funeral Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Norman’s friends since that moment in 1968, were his pallbearers, sending him off as a hero.



“Peter was a lone soldier. He consciously chose to be a sacrificial lamb in the name of human rights. There’s no one more than him that Australia should honor, recognize and appreciate” John Carlos said.


“He paid the price with his choice,” explained Tommie Smith, “It wasn’t just a simple gesture to help us, it was HIS fight. He was a white man, a white Australian man among two men of color, standing up in the moment of victory, all in the name of the same thing”.


Only in 2012 did the Australian Parliament approve a motion to formally apologize to Peter Norman and rewrite him into history with this statement:


This House “recognises the extraordinary athletic achievements of the late Peter Norman, who won the silver medal in the 200 meters sprint running event at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, in a time of 20.06 seconds, which still stands as the Australian record”.


“Acknowledges the bravery of Peter Norman in donning an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on the podium, in solidarity with African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the ‘black power’ salute”.


“Apologises to Peter Norman for the wrong done by Australia in failing to send him to the 1972 Munich Olympics, despite repeatedly qualifying; and belatedly recognises the powerful role that Peter Norman played in furthering racial equality”.


However, perhaps, the words that remind us best of Peter Norman are simply his own words when describing the reasons for his gesture, in the documentary film “Salute,” written, directed and produced by his nephew Matt.


“I couldn’t see why a black man couldn’t drink the same water from a water fountain, take the same bus or go to the same school as a white man.


There was a social injustice that I couldn’t do anything about from where I was, but I certainly hated it.


It has been said that sharing my silver medal with that incident on the victory dais detracted from my performance.


On the contrary.


I have to confess, I was rather proud to be part of it”.



When even today it seems the fight for human rights and equality is never-ending, and innocent lives are being taken, we have to remember the people that have already made self-sacrifices, like Peter Norman, and try to emulate their example. Equality and justice is not a single community’s fight, it’s everyone’s.


So this October, when I’ll be in San Jose, I am going to visit the Olympic Black Power statue on the San Jose State University campus, and that empty podium step will remind me of a forgotten, but truly courageous hero, Peter Norman.


By Riccardo Gazzaniga / griotmag.com

15 Ways To Make Other People Respect You

Tue, 2017-10-17 00:03

People should respect each other by default. However, sometimes we need to try harder so that others don't belittle or undermine us.


Here are 15 ways to earn respect from other people:


1. Stand up for your rights.

Even adults can bully other adults. When you feel mistreated, dare to speak up. Show others that this type of behavior is not accepted by you.


2. Avoid quick emotional reactions.

Connecting with your feelings is a positive and powerful trait. However, your quick emotional reaction is usually not the wisest one. Don’t react immediately in moments of fury and confusion. Give yourself time to process your emotions and respond in a healthy way.


3. Say 'no'.

Know your limits – energy, money, and time, for instance, since they always seem to be in short supply. Know the things you care about, and prioritize them. Say no to the rest. There's no reason to always try to please others.


4. Don’t waste other people's time.

When you have an important meeting, you should be well prepared, avoid small talk and stay on topic, so that you don't waste your colleagues' time.


5. Know your own morality.

Give an important amount of thought to your own moral compass. What do you really believe in? What do you value? Clarify that to yourself and do your best to live according to your own principles.


6. Respect the moral codes of people around you.

Even if you disagree with somebody’s values, it is critical to respect them in following them. Don’t try to convince a vegetarian to eat meat, for instance. Nobody really wants to be converted from their deeply held beliefs.


7. Treat others with kindness and equality.

No one respects somebody who kisses up to their boss and then is rude to the taxi driver. Don't forget that we are all equals.


8. Stand your ground.

Don’t devalue your own dreams and thoughts. Assert yourself. Being kind and listening actively to other people is something you should do, but without forgetting who you really are. If you disagree, express it. People appreciate sincerity.


9. Don’t gossip.

Gossip might be fun, but it's also a thing that makes other people lose their respect for you. You should support other people's privacy and feelings.


10. Be honest when you apologize.

Apologize when you've done something wrong. Don’t do so if you don't feel guilty. When you say you’re sorry, you must mean it. Your apologies should always be thoughtful and sincere.


11. Keep your promises.

If you promise to be somewhere at a certain time, then do it. Show people that you are trustworthy and respectful of their schedule. They will then depend on you and respect you back.


12. Take action.

Don’t always wait for somebody else to take the lead. Be proactive in discovering solutions to issues and following the things that you want. If you like someone, ask them out. Don’t beat around the bush.


13. Stop being too nice.

Distinguish kindness from being way too nice and doing anything you are asked for. Trying to please everyone won’t get you very far. Being a pushover is highly undesirable and not respected. If you’re too nice to everyone, some people may even think you’re not genuine.


14. Practice humility.

There are going to be times when you won't be right, or you won't succeed at something. Appreciate the lessons life teaches you and realize that you're not the best at everything. Confidence comes from practising humility and learning from your mistakes.


15. Be open-minded.

Being open-minded is not complex, nor should it be in conflict with your moral code. It just means that you recognize that you still have so much to learn and appreciate, and you keep on learning from others, even if you have a strong core belief system.

Modern Society Captured In 40 Powerful Illustrations

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:57

We all know that nothing is ideal. Today's society included. There are a lot of things that are wrong and problematic, and even though we see them, we are not too quick to try on solving issues.


Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, draws amazing illustrations capturing the flaws of modern society. He creates pictures that sometimes speak louder than words and are really powerful. The author himself talks about his work in a very artistic manner: "They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <...> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other drawings because they have no obligation to please. <...> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the imperfect."


Take a look at some of his illustrations below and comment on your favorite.


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25 Ways She Tells You She Loves You (Without Saying A Word)

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:55

It’s more than three little words.


It shouldn’t be so hard to say I love you. After all it’s just three little words, right? But it is amazing just how much weight they carry.


It’s more than three little words.


It shouldn’t be so hard to say I love you. After all it’s just three little words, right? But it is amazing just how much weight they carry.


There are people who are trigger happy when it comes to talking about love. Little kids will throw their arms around your neck with wild abandon and cheer “I love you,” even if you’ve only been babysitting them for a week.


When we are young, telling someone we telling someone we love them is like taking a breath, it comes naturally and easily and we are not afraid of making ourselves vulnerable because nothing has hurt us yet.


But as we get older, “I love you” goes from being easy to say, to hard to say … Then suddenly it’s not enough to just say it.


Because once we’re grown up, we learn that loving someone is about more than just saying the words — it’s about doing the hard work of love.


That’s why, if you want to know if she loves you, look at what she does, not what she says.


In Case You’re In Doubt, Here Are 25 Things A Woman Does When She Loves You, Besides Just Saying The Words.

1. When she’s squeezing your hand.


2. When she just looks at you and doesn’t say anything at all.


3. When she invents a million silly pet names for you.



4. When she likes all of your posts.


5. When she tries to win over your cats.


6. When she isn’t scared to cry in front of you.


7. When she goes out of her comfort zone to try something you love.


8. When she texts you to tell you about her lunch.


9. When she sends you a makeup-free selfie.



10. When she cooks for you.


11. When she rolls her eyes at you.


12. When she loses her temper.


13. When she reaches out to you in the middle of the night.


14. When she tugs your earlobes.


15. When she names your penis.


16. When she misses you like crazy.



17. When she asks you for what she needs.


18. When she trusts you with her heart.


19. When she expects you to tell her the truth.


20. When she farts in front of you AND jokes about it.


21. When she gives you a shelf in the bathroom.


22. When she reminds you to take your medicine.



23. When she runs out of things to say and doesn’t force the conversation.


24. When she watches you get dressed in the morning with shining eyes.


25. When she wraps her arms around you and makes you swear that you will never let her go.


Written by Rebecca Jane Stokes


Source: Yourtango.com via IdeaSpots

24 Rare Historical Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:36

These photos from the past are a quick and interesting glimpse at the times the pictures were taken. This completely random, yet somehow still interesting, list of photos will bring you your dose of fun facts and intriguing things for the day. Like, I had no idea that Alfred Hitchcock pretty much enjoyed a nice, warm cup of tea with the MGM lion. I kid you not.


1. Alfred Hitchcock and the MGM Lion Leo having tea together.

via Twitter / @HistoricalPics


2. Wooden bathing suits made in 1929 that were supposed to make you more buoyant.

via Vintag


3. A fugitive being dragged by border patrol so that he doesn't escape the USA and enter Mexico.

via imgur | reddit /u/ jaycrew


4. The Dynasphere, which is a monowheel built in 1932 that can go up to 25 miles an hour.

via BBC / Getty Images


5. A portable TV concept created in 1967.

via Arts Electronic


6. The participants of the Miss Lovely Eyes competition in Florida held in 1930.

via FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


7. Sound finders were used in World War I to figure out which way enemy planes were coming from.

via imgur / SirBrunno


8. Salvador Dali walking his pet anteater in 1969.

via imgur | reddit /u/ Tsukamori


9. Babies, orphaned after the loss of their parents during the Vietnam war, are transported to the United States in 1975 in Operation Babylift.

via imgur | reddit /u/ kirbyfood


10. Women in 1942 would paint their legs to look like they were wearing stockings.

via Rare Historical Photos


11. In 1930, a policeman judges an ankle contest.

via imgur | reddit /u/ sacredserenity


12. A brewery delivers kegs on a spitfire to troops fighting in Normandy.

via imgur | reddit /u/ maxrdt


13. Women boxing on a roof in the 1930s.

via reddit /u/ chl59


14. Everyone in New York in 1939 wore a hat.

via Artsy / Margaret Bourke-White


15. People in Paris avoid getting wet in the flood by stepping on a series of chairs in 1924.

via Facie Populi / Henri Manuel


16. A woman waits for the hoops of her crinoline to be finished in a London dress shop in 1860.

via imgur | reddit /u/ DaHitcha


17. The real-life Christopher Robin and Winnie The Pooh.

via Twitter / @History_Pics


18. During the Prague Spring in 1968, a Soviet soldier chases a young Czech man who was throwing rocks at a tank.

via Magnum Photos / Ian Berry


19. Steven Spielberg taking photos of some of the set pieces that were made as miniatures for the first Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.

via Publimetro


20. A lone man refusing to do the Nazi Salut, 1936.

via Rare Historical Photos


21. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fishing in 1960.

via Kizaz


22. The aftermath of D-Day as two boys watch from a tree while American soldiers drive through Saint Lo in France.

via The Atlantic / AP


23. A black police officer protects a member of the KKK during a rally in 1983.

via imgur | reddit /u/ eamantite


24. Test pilot George Aird flying the English Electronic Lightning F-1. He had to eject himself out of the plane after losing control of it.

via Fear Of Landing


Photo Source: Beatlesource / Dick Matthews


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17 Habits Of Happy Independent Women — How Many Do You Have?

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:35

Being an independent woman, and a happy one at that, is the most important person you can be. When you’re not dependent on anyone else, you get to live your life, on your terms, and not really give a flying fuck about the judgments of others. You don’t have to wait for people, you never put yourself second, and your complete self-awareness keeps you always doing your thing —happily so. Not sure if this describes you? Here’s how badass independent women do things.


1. She Goes To Restaurants Alone.

And never brings a book to hide behind, because restaurants are for eating, not pretending to read a book as some sort of safety blanket. Hell, she even prefers to go alone, so she can have some time alone while enjoying 1000 calories of awesomeness.


2. She Never Waits Around For Some Guy To Call Or Text.

If he’s into her, then cool. If not, she’s not going to stare at phone, get all upset, and cry herself to sleep. She doesn’t have time for that. She already knows she’s a catch.


3. She Prefers To Travel Solo.

Because nothing says killjoy like waiting for your traveling buddy to get ready in the morning or throw a minor fit because she wasn’t at the La Sagrada Familia exactly at 11. I mean, come on.


4. She Doesn’t Roll With The Crowd.

The crowd is almost always boring. She prefers taking other roads to get to where she’s going.


5. She’s Confident Enough To Walk Away From A Bad Situation.

Whether it’s a date that has gone sour or a job that doesn’t offer enough, she knows when to walk away and start anew.


6. She Buys Her Own Flowers.

It’s a symbolic gesture that she does not need someone else to do it.


7. She’s Not Looking For A Boyfriend; She’s Looking For An Equal Partner.

She doesn’t have to be someone’s girlfriend, so she wants someone who can stand on their own two feet, too, equal in their own independence.


8. She Recognizes She’s An Asset In Every Possible Way.

Because of this, she’s fearless when it comes to asking for a raise and never settles for second best.


9. She Doesn’t Have Time For Bullshit.

She doesn’t play games, she doesn’t waste her time, and she sure as hell isn’t going to get sucked into drama.


10. She Stands By Her Convictions.

Which means she never wavers and is totally going to kick anyone’s ass in any political debate.


11. She Doesn’t Need To Be Spoiled.

She can spoil herself, thank you very much.


12. She Reaches For The Bill.

Of course, having dinner paid for is always a nice gesture, but she wants to make it clear that she can easily take care of herself.


13. She Gives Needy People The Boot.

If you can’t come to the party a whole person and you need to be reassured and cradled like a needy kid, then you’re out the door. She wants an equal, no to be someone’s babysitter.


14. She Puts Her Goals First.

This doesn’t mean she disregards others in her life, but she’ll be damned if she lets someone stand in her way of achieving success.


15. She Knows Exactly Who She Is And What She Wants.

And she’s not afraid to be vocal about it and go for it.


16. She Will Never Need Anyone.

She knows the difference between need and want, and while she may want people, she will never, ever need them.


17. She Doesn’t Apologize.

Because she doesn’t have to… for anything.


By Amanda Chatel


Source: The Bolde via Ideaspots

Albert Einstein - How I See the World

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:07


“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” -Albert Einstein



Albert Einstein navigated the twilight turf between consciousness and matter for much of his life. He argued that “Man” suffers from an “optical delusion of consciousness” as he “experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest.” His cure? “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious,” he said. “It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed.”

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein

“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.” -Albert Einstein
10 Lessons from Albert Einstein


1. Follow Your Curiosity


“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”


2. Perseverance is Priceless


“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”


3. Focus on the Present


“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”


4. The Imagination is Powerful


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”


5. Make Mistakes


“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”


6. Live in the Moment


“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”


7. Create Value


“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”


8. Don’t be repetitive


“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


9. Knowledge Comes From Experience


“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”


10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better


“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”


“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” -Albert Einstein
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Shocking Video Over Auschwitz Captured By Drone

Mon, 2017-10-16 23:03

Undoubtedly, the following powerful footage will break your heart. No matter how many years have passed since the Holocaust, the petrifying atmosphere is still alive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland.


Built in 1940, and freed 5 years later in 1945, this is now maintained as a World Heritage site. It’s sad that such a place was used to cause the death of so many people, who lost their lives due to pogroms that occurred during the Holocaust.


Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence

Mon, 2017-10-16 22:46

Social anxiety is a daily struggle. As human beings, we have a deep need for personal connection. Social anxiety strongly inhibits this. Its presence can cause even small tasks to become truly challenging.


Many of us turn to spirituality as a coping mechanism, but even here we often find disapproval. Certain studies have suggested that spiritual people are more prone to mental illness. Often, there is animosity between people who embrace and reject a spiritual lifestyle. This mindset, coupled with the stigma of mental illness, has led to some disheartening headlines. My least favorite of these comes from the Daily Mail. It reads: Spiritual people are more likely to be mentally ill (but at least they think life has more meaning).


I am a spiritual person who suffers from a diagnosed mental illness. In fact, I often lean on my spirituality to strengthen me when my social anxiety is taking over.


UNDERSTANDABLY, I TOOK GREAT OFFENSE TO THE TONE OF THIS HEADLINE.

Sometimes society’s disapproval of people with mental difficulties can shake our confidence. It makes us wonder if there is something deeply and inherently wrong with us. However, upon examining this topic in more depth, this does not prove to be the case.


AS IT TURNS OUT, SOCIAL ANXIETY IS NOT A SIGN THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH OUR CHARACTER. IT MAY, HOWEVER, BE AN INDICATION THAT SOMETHING IS WONDERFULLY RIGHT.

First of all, let’s recognize anxiety for what it is. Anxiety is an evolutionary strategy designed to keep us – and our loved ones – safe from danger. In fact, people with social anxiety have been proven to be more altruistically minded. We are more vigilant and quick to alert others to a threat. This may explain why women, and mothers especially, tend to experience anxiety in higher numbers. We are biologically hard-wired to protect ourselves and our families. We take this responsibility very seriously.


SOCIAL ANXIETY, THEN, IS NOT AN INABILITY TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. RATHER, IT’S A TENDENCY TO TREASURE THOSE CONNECTIONS MORE DEARLY.

This idea may also explain why socially anxious people tend to be more empathetic. Studies have shown that people who suffer from social anxiety are more sensitive and sympathetic to the feelings of others than those who do not. It’s not just our own troubles that keep us on high alert. When our loved ones hurt, we hurt as well. Our hearts are open, and they feel deeply. We may even experience vicarious trauma when faced with the pain of a dear friend.


It isn’t just our hearts that are powerful, either. A socially anxious mind can be a gift in disguise. Research studies from Lakehead University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center have shown a strong correlation between social anxiety and high intelligence. This is not surprising since anxiety itself is an exercise in brain function. Anxious people are constantly analyzing, creating ideas, and processing information. If anything, we do these things at a quicker rate than a typical person might. Thus, when it comes to solving a real problem, our brains are warmed up and ready for action.


“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be,” wrote Jennifer Elisabeth.

If you suffer from social anxiety, it is important to learn how to manage it. Therapy, medication, deep breathing, exercise, mindfulness, essential oils, and millions of other tools can be effective. Most people require a blend of several strategies. Do not, however, lose sight of who you are. Your social anxiety is a painful burden, but it comes along with some valuable gifts. Learn to tame your anxiety. Learn to harness your high capacity for empathy and intelligence. Soon, you will be an absolutely unstoppable force.


Source: I Heart Intelligence

It will take just 1 minute to read this and change your thinking.

Mon, 2017-10-16 21:46

It will take just 1 minute to read this and change your thinking:


Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.


The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.


Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.


The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.


The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.


As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.


One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.


Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.


Days, weeks and months passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.


She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.


As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.


Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.


It faced a blank wall.


The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.


The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.


She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’


Epilogue:


There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness, when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.


‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’


The origin of this letter is unknown.


Source: Truth Seeker Daily


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The Difference Between Sympathy And Empathy

Mon, 2017-10-16 21:12


This is a beautifully animated video acting out a well-articulated section of Dr. Brené Brown’s lecture on the difference between an empathetic and a sympathetic response from the RSA. the video neatly wraps up a difficult subject to pinpoint the consequences of both responses. Empathy is the ability to place yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand relate as best as you can to how that person feels about the situation. The trait of being able to express this feeling and understanding it is the second tier of empathy. Another response to hearing another person’s problem is to express sympathy. Sympathy is the ability to express ‘culturally acceptable’ condolences to another's plight. A lot of the time, this includes pointing out a silver lining in the situation but it’s not always a helpful thing to do.



Empathy is harder to accomplish for many reasons. We not only have to actively listen to another person’s problem without judgment but then be honest with ourselves and the other person about our feelings as a listener. That connection builds bridges that enforce trust and understanding that are healthy and positive for both people. At a later time, it may be appropriate to look for a solution. Nothing in the world makes me feel better than when trusted family or friends understand where I’m standing. It makes me feel better because it verifies where I actually stand, I frequently get lost in my life.


Next time someone opens up to you about a problem, try to listen to what they are saying. They are reaching out for help and full acknowledgment is the first step. I know its hard to willingly put yourself through more unnecessary pain but it is doing so you will both feel better. Identifying similar feeling in similar situations strengthens healthy bonds for not only the two of you but the community at whole. We all suffer at some point and by talking it out we can genuinely help each other through hardships.


Source: Expanded Consciousness


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16 Things to Expect From A Loved One With Anxiety

Mon, 2017-10-16 21:04

“Chronic anxiety is a state more undesirable than any other, and we will try almost any maneuver to eliminate it,” wrote Robert E. Neale in The Art of Dying. Anxiety is, indeed, a miserable affliction. However, it also lives in some of the most wonderful people in our world.


ANXIETY OFTEN COMES HAND-IN-HAND WITH A HIGH IQ, A SENSITIVE SOUL, A CREATIVE NATURE, A DRIVE FOR ACHIEVEMENT, AND THE SIMPLE INCLINATION TO CARE TOO MUCH.

It’s no wonder people often find themselves falling for the anxious.


So – what happens when you do?


HERE ARE 16 THINGS YOU SHOULD EXPECT WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE HAS ANXIETY:

1. EXPECT FIRM BOUNDARIES.

Sometimes anxious people – and especially anxious introverts – simply need to be alone.


2. EXPECT TO BE APPRECIATED FOR THE LITTLE THINGS.

We notice everything, and we are grateful for even the smallest of gestures.


3. EXPECT OUR BOND TO RUN DEEP AND GROW QUICKLY.

Once you are in our inner circle, you are in for life.


4. EXPECT TO BE THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING PLANS.

Having too many choices can stress us out.


5. EXPECT TO LEARN TO LISTEN, RATHER THAN GIVE ADVICE.

When we are anxious, we need to let it out. It’s therapeutic.


6. EXPECT TO ENDURE HUNDREDS OF NEW ATTEMPTS AT ANXIETY MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES.

Essential oils, adult coloring books, acupuncture…we’ll try it all.


7. EXPECT TO GIVE REASSURANCE MORE THAN YOU’D LIKE TO.

Tell us we’re safe. Tell us we’re loved. Tell us it’ll all be okay.


8. EXPECT REASON TO BE POWERLESS AGAINST ANXIETY.

This is true for even the most logical of anxious people.


9. EXPECT TO LEARN SOME DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES.

Walk your partner through them in times of trouble. These are amazingly effective.


10. EXPECT TO COMMUNICATE HONESTLY.

Your partner will sense if you are holding back. This will add to their anxiety.


11. EXPECT SOME WEIRD SLEEP PATTERNS.

Anxiety often goes hand in hand with insomnia and other sleep disorders.


12. EXPECT LOTS OF LISTS AND ITINERARIES.

Preparation helps to soothe us. Please don’t try to stray from the plan.


13. EXPECT TO PROVIDE STABILITY RATHER THAN DRAMA.

We don’t like to do the on-and-off thing. We need a partner we can depend on. We thrive on this.


14. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER PROBLEMS THAT YOU CAN’T SOLVE FOR US.

Learn to be okay with that.


15. EXPECT TO ENCOURAGE YOUR PARTNER TO ENGAGE IN SELF-CARE.

Explain that it’s not the same thing as being lazy or self-indulgent. Health is just as important as accomplishments.


16. EXPECT TO MAKE YOUR OWN SELF-CARE A PRIORITY.

Your well-being is important, too.


“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be,” wrote Jennifer Elisabeth. Your partner’s anxiety may seem insane to you at times. However, this is only one part of their being. If the rest of them is worth it, learn to love your partner as a whole. Get lost in their madness. Learn to love one another completely, strengths, afflictions, and all.


Source: I Heart Intelligence

5 Signs That You Are A Sapiosexual

Mon, 2017-10-16 19:18

A sapiosexual is someone who gets turned on by intelligent people. Are you one of those? The following five signs will help you find out.


1) You light up when a person uses proper grammar.

The smooth pick up lines that a guy often uses to catch a woman are not going to work on you. You’re more intrigued by the man who is speaking proper English and talking about things like current events, business, and finance. A man who speaks impeccably is your number one turn on, and when he gets going, you don’t want him to stop. If you’ve found yourself swooning while having a conversation with a seemingly well-educated guy, you’re a sapiosexual.


2) Your fights with your partner revolve around intellectual matters.

If you both are too involved in the analysis of every witty aspect and are opinionated for every discussion, you both will find yourself always having a clash and would often find yourself opposing each other.


3) You value empathy.

You know that "smart" encompasses not just book-smarts: you're also turned on by emotional intelligence — the ability to read our feelings appropriately and respond in kind.


4) You prefer book stores than bars.

I use the example of bookstores and bars because it’s a common enough cliché, but the point here is that you care about where you go. One thing about sapiosexuals that rings true across the board is that they are into substance. Not just in how they spend their time, but in who they spend it with. If you’d rather spend a day wandering through a new museum than spending a night getting hit on by jerks, chances are, you’re more of a sapiosexual than you think you are.


5) You find philosophical conversation sexy.

A sapiosexual understands that the best foreplay is a philosophical discussion. Or a debate without anger but filled with respect for the other’s thoughts. Or a union of words, emotions, and thoughts made flesh. Mind orgasm is the best!


Sapiosexuality is explained by science. It can involve attraction to intelligence as well as emotional intelligence.


If you're a sapiosexual, then you love to consume knowledge and are always around people who will make you know more, which is why you have no problem developing a crush for someone who loves his books with an enjoyable degree to back it up.


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50 Powerful Photos Capture Extraordinary Moments In The Wild

Mon, 2017-10-16 19:07

These amazing photos show animals in a way that you’ve never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures.


A frog sails through the rain on a homemade sailboat.

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An elephant guards the body of a fallen friend from scavengers.

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The elegant coconut octopus is found in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean.

Mario Neumann


Two Stallions Battle For Dominance.

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A clownfish and eel meet for the first time.

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An Elegant Blue Half-Moon Betta Fish.

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An owl and a woodpecker attempt to intimidate one another.

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A leopard retreats to the trees for a well-earned meal

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The Beautiful Multi-Colored Cuckoo Wasp.

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An ant drinks from a droplet of water.

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The breathtaking african bush viper is well known for its beautifully colored scales.

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An Arctic Fox Enjoys The Snowfall.

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In an amazing display, fish hitch a ride on the back of a whale shark.

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The vibrant weedy seadragon carries fertilized eggs.

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The sardine run in South Africa sees billions of fish form into unimaginably large groups as they migrate to warmer waters.

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Goat Kids Playing At 14,000 Feet

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Tiny baby octopii emerge from their strange pods.

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The Delicate Glasswinged Butterfly.

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A Rare Glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Drawings

Mon, 2017-10-16 18:31

Though Leonardo da Vinci endures as the quintessential polymath, the epitome of the “Renaissance Man” dabbling in a wide array of disciplines — art, architecture, cartography, mathematics, literature, engineering, anatomy, geology, music, sculpture, botany — his interest in science was anything but cursory. In Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist (public library), Martin Clayton, senior curator of the Royal Collection, looks well beyond his iconic Vitruvian Man to explore Leonardo’s remarkably accurate anatomical illustrations that remained hidden from the world for nearly 400 years after Da Vinci’s death.


How one of history’s greatest artists almost became history’s greatest anatomist.

A study of a man standing facing the spectator, with legs apart and arms stretched down, drawn as an anatomical figure to show the heart, lungs and main arteries.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II



Three studies, one on a larger scale, of a man’s right arm and shoulder, showing muscles; three studies of a right arm; a diagram to illustrate pronation and supination of the hand.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II



An anatomical study of the principal organs and the arterial system of a female torso, pricked for transfer.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Springing from the “true to nature” ethos of his paintings, Leonardo’s fascination with the human body took him to the morgues and hospitals of Florence, where he performed dissections of corpses, often of executed criminals. His greatest feat was understanding the workings of the heart. After discovering a bulb-shaped swelling at the root of the aorta, he came strikingly close to uncovering the mechanisms of blood circulation more than a century before formal science arrived at it. In fact, he injected melted wax into the heart of an ox, then a glass model of the cast and pumped it with water with a suspension of grass seeds in order to observe the vortexes at work. He then concluded that the swelling made the aortic valve close after each heartbeat, a proposition which cardiologists didn’t arrive at until the early 20th century and didn’t fully confirm until the 1980s.



Large drawing of an embryo within a human uterus with a cow’s placenta; smaller sketch of the same; notes on the subject; illustrative drawings in detail of the placenta and uterus; diagram demonstrating binocular vision; a note on relief in painting and on mechanics.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II



A study of a man’s left leg, stretched forward; beside it, a man’s legs seen from behind; below is a man standing, turned in profile to the left, with his left leg advanced; to the right are two studies of the bones of human left legs and thighs, and one of an animal; with many notes on the muscles.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II



A study of the dissection of the lower leg and foot of a bear, viewed in profile to the left. To the left there is also a slight drawing of the leg.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Perhaps his most famous anatomical drawing was of a 100-year-old man, who had reported being in excellent health mere hours before his death. When Leonardo dissected him to see “the cause of so sweet a death” and found cirrhosis of the liver and a blockage of an artery to the heart, producing the first-ever description of what is now known as coronary vascular occlusion.



As a great artist, Leonardo had two advantages over his contemporary anatomists. First of all, as a sculptor, engineer, architect, he had an intuitive understanding of form — when he dissected a body, he could understand in a very fluid way how the different parts of the body fit together, worked together. And then, having made that understanding, as a supreme draftsman, he was able to record his observations and discoveries in drawings of such lucidity, he’s able to get across the form, the structure to the viewer in a way which had never been done before and, in many cases, has never been surpassed since.



Drawing of external genitalia and vagina, with notes; notes on the anal sphincter and diagrams of suggested arrangement of its fibers and its mode of action.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II



Five studies of the bones of the leg and foot; a drawing of the knee joint and patella; two studies of the bones of a right leg with the knee flexed; the muscles of a right buttock, thigh and calf.
Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Leonardo intended to publish his drawings as an illustrated treatise on human anatomy, but when he died in 1519, his anatomical papers were buried amongst his private possessions and vanished from public sight. In the early 1600s, around 600 of his surviving drawings were bound in a single collection and by the end of the century, they mysteriously made their way to the Royal Collection. Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist gathers 90 of these seminal drawings, contextualized in a discussion of their anatomical significance. Accompanying the books is an iPad app, presenting 268 pages of Leonardo’s notebooks in magnificent high resolution.


Source: Brain Pickings


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Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent (Listen)

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:32

Anxiety — that feeling of dread, fear, worry, and panic — is certainly nothing new. Hippocrates wrote about it in the fourth century BCE. As did Søren Kierkegaard in the 1860s. And Sigmund Freud addressed the disorder in 1926.


However, jump to the present and we’re seeing a significant uptick — especially with youth.


Pharmaceutical drugs tend to be the classic treatment for treating anxiety (as well as the biggest money maker). Cognitive therapy is a common approach as well. Those with a holistic bent often turn to meditation, yoga, massage and other relaxation techniques. Music therapy has also been used with some success. But now neuroscientists in the U.K. have zeroed in on a single song that results in a dramatic 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety…


Anxiety & Generation Y

A 2013 survey found that 57 percent of American female university students reported episodes of “overwhelming anxiety.” And in the United Kingdom, the charity YouthNet discovered a third of young women — and one in ten young men — suffer from panic attacks.


Marjorie Wallace, CEO of the charity Sane, believes that Generation Y (those born in the 1980s and 1990s) is the age of desperation. “Growing up has always been difficult, but this sense of desperation? That’s new,” she says.


Writes Rachael Dove in Anxiety: the epidemic sweeping through Generation Y:


“So, what’s going on? The rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam-factory” schooling are among the reasons psychologists suggest for our generational angst. Another, brought up on multiple occasions by my peers and by psychologists I spoke to, is the luxury (as ungrateful as it sounds) of too much choice.”


Pieter Kruger, a London-based psychologist, says research indicates that people who feel they don’t have a choice are actually more resilient — mainly because they can blame life or others if they make a wrong decision. However, if you have a range of choices, you have no one to blame but yourself. “We become much more obsessive because we want to make the right decision every time,” he says.


Writer Claire Eastham, 26, agrees on her blog We Are All Mad Here:


“I spend a lot of time worrying about what I am going to do with my life. Previous generations had choice taken out of their hands. If you are told what to do it takes the pressure away.”


In our modern era, decision making can trigger a type of paralysis. Often, we will obsessively research the many different options for, say, a pair of shoes. Eventually, information overload will kick in and shut the whole shopping venture down, leaving us exhausted and guilty for being crippled by such a seemingly simple task.


Technology also contributes to the rise of anxiety. A good number of millennials feel exposed without their smartphones — and are rarely without them. Mobile gadgets tend to be their window to the world and foster a sense of connectedness. But there’s a dark side to feeling the need to keep on top of what everyone is doing on social media — otherwise known as Fomo, or the Fear of Missing Out.


“Fomo is very real and can be a constant addiction that affects anxiety levels and a general sense of wellbeing,” says Kruger.

Social media allows us to compare everything — relationships, diet, figure, beauty, wealth, standard of living — not only with our friends, but with celebrities too. And, as research has shown, time on social media “can cause depression in people who compare themselves with others.”


Besides revamping our lifestyles and limiting exposure to social media — and learning to work with a sometimes overwhelming abundance of choice — neuroscientists have found listening to a specially designed song can have a profound influence over our levels of anxiety.


The Creation Of The Ultimate Anti-Stress Music

Researchers at Mindlab International in the U.K. wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. The study involved having participants try to solve difficult puzzles — which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress — while connected to sensors. At the same time, participants listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.


What they found is that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.


Interestingly, the song was specifically designed to induce this highly relaxed state. Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.


In fact, the music is so effective, that many of the female participants became drowsy — to the point where lead researcher Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving.


But don’t take their word for it. Experience it for yourself here:



This article was written by Carolanne Wright and published on Wake Up World. It was syndicated on The Mind Unleashed.


Source: The Mind Unleashed

20 Thought-Provoking Pictures That Prove The Double Standards In Modern Societies

Tue, 2017-10-10 07:44

Undoubtedly, the world is a better place than it was a hundred years ago. Women no longer need to secure their place in society through marriage, and no longer is slavery legal. Moreover, the advent of technology has given people from all around the globe a chance to connect and communicate, and this is a fueling change at an exponential rate.


Nevertheless, we would be deluding ourselves to claim the Earth is perfect. On the contrary: war, famine, and shortages of resources persist. In many societies, hypocritical attitudes pervade people’s personalities and conversations.


It’s because issues can't be remedied until they're acknowledged by the masses that we're sharing a compilation of thought-provoking pictures that expose double standards in modern societies. Here are 20 examples of double standards most of us are probably guilty of.



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