When it comes to breasts are you the guy who fancies a voluptuous, curvy rack, or are you more than satisfied with a handful? Your answer may reveal something about your sense of financial security, according to psychologist Esslin Terrighena. Evolutionary theorists suggest that the attractive value of boobs is rooted in their reflection of youth and fertility. Biologically speaking, sperm is cheap. While women spend nine months baking the metaphorical
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Our pursuit of money just might be making us addicts to the rush, says psychologist Esslin Terrighena. The successful man in Asia is always busy making more money to maintain his power, prestige and the freedom to do what he wants, when he wants. Money has become so intrinsically associated with our worldly pleasures that the mere concept of it will release our body’s own happy chemical, dopamine, into the reward centre
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We often assume that mental well-being simply means being happy, while mental stress means being sad. However, the range of mental health we can experience is significantly more complex. Suffering from mental stress can manifest in a wide variety of emotions and physical states. We may feel numb, fatigued, short-tempered or snappy. We may become impatient with the people we love or lose excitement in activities that we used to
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Mindfulness has become a trendy buzzword, bringing with it promises of a calm, clear mind and balanced emotional well-being. But what is mindfulness and how does it achieve these goals? Mindfulness finds its roots in ancient practises from the East, reaching back to the early teachings of Buddhism. From there it travelled into our modern world with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (professor of medicine), who completed the 10-day silent meditation Vipassana
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She always interrupts me.” – “He never listens.” One of the most common complaints in relationship conflict is not feeling heard. Whether we are overly eager to bring forward a solution, angry at being accused or just have too many things on our minds: we sometimes fail to patiently lend that open ear when it is needed most. As a result, our partners, friends or colleagues may withdraw and arguments remain
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Last month, we explored active listening as a way of making our conversation partners feel heard. To refresh on active listening, please check out our previous post here. This month, let us focus on making ourselves heard. Growing up, many of us have learned that it is preferable to be silent, un-quarrelsome, and not make trouble. As a result, we may have a tendency to avoid conflict or confrontation; and when
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