For three and a half billion years on earth, the development of all living creatures, plant or animal, happened more or less randomly in response to environmental changes and mutation … Read More
There’s been a lot of research done in the past fifty years on willpower. Willpower is our ability to decide on a course of action and stick to it, and it’s associated with lots of positives like success, self-esteem, and high SAT scores.
But how does willpower play out in the brain? As it turns out, willpower involves a complicated arrangement between our left and right frontal lobes.
A lot of fathers are going to hate this, but genetic research has found guys probably get a lot of their intelligence from their X gene, the feminine one. Of … Read More
Often when I walk into a room, Becky smiles up and says, “Hey! Good to see you!” while I say, “Hey! good to see you!” Our voices are sincere but … Read More
In this final installment, we look at the weird deal humans have– powers to consider past, present, and future, but also tendencies to worry about past, present, and future. The … Read More
In Part 1 of this series we talked about emotions as ancestral voices guiding us in dealing with the unique world we’re each born into. These ancestral voices are central … Read More
Famous affective neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp said in a 2010 lecture that emotions are ancestral memories, guiding mammals and birds to survive and thrive in a dangerous and delicious world. “Ancestral … Read More
Becky and I live on a street that runs near the top of small ridge right behind the Santa Barbara Mission. Since we moved here we’ve probably walked to the … Read More
Steve and Karen—late thirties and married for nine years—are sitting, facing each other, during their sixth session. Steve says, “Karen never wants me to go surfing, but I love surfing. … Read More
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