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Here’s what your anger is telling you — and how you can talk back
Becoming aware of the thoughts that we have after we get angry can help us react to difficult situations in healthier ways, says psychology researcher Ryan Martin.
May 14, 2020
The #1 block to teamwork is defensiveness. Here’s how to defuse it.
Getting defensive at work is normal -- but it's a major obstacle to effective collaboration. Here's how to recognize it in yourself and combat it, according to Jim Tamm.
Apr 14, 2020
Arts + Design
The wonder and humanity of a mural that spans 50 buildings
In his instantly recognizable, grandly sweeping style, eL Seed has painted Arabic calligraffiti murals everywhere from Tunisia to Paris. Recently, he created his most ambitious project yet: a mural that spans 50 buildings that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain. eL Seed pursued this self-funded project as a way to make a political point, but as he describes, the real transformation was personal.
May 4, 2016
We humans
Don’t kill your language
The world may want you to speak English to seem “global” or “sophisticated.” Here’s why you should resist. Preserve your mother tongue!
Oct 28, 2015
We humans
Required reading: The books that students read in 28 countries around the world
This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves.
Dec 8, 2016
We humans
Gallery: Women in Gaza and their determined quest for higher education
In this contested territory, women must endure a lengthy, frustrating process when they pursue a university education abroad. Here are four of their stories.
Feb 28, 2017
We humans
7 ways to practice emotional first aid
Psychologist Guy Winch lays out seven useful ways to reboot your emotional health … starting right now.
Feb 26, 2015
4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility
Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters.
Jun 9, 2018
A simple trick to help you speak in public without showing your nerves
You don’t have to put up with a thin, shaky voice, says speech-language pathologist Jackie Gartner-Schmidt.
Jan 22, 2019