What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
Forming beliefs in a world of filter bubbles
By talking to other people and observing their behavior, we can learn new things, acquire new skills, and adapt to changing conditions. But what if the information provided by the social environment is inconsistent or contradictory? The internet, in particular, has dramatically changed the structure and dynamics of social interactions.
Building your professional brand in a prestigious job
In most professions, the whole concept of a brand is undergoing change. In the future, for most professionals, “brand” is going to be more about relationship ability and what were dismissed as “soft skills” than about just knowledge and expertise.
Relationship value and economic value are evaluated by the same part of the brain
The research team investigated which part of the brain is responsible for judging the value of relationships with other people according to information indicating the other person’s commitment to the relationship.
Some friends make you feel more supported than others
It’s good to have friends and family to back you up when you need it—but your sense of being supported is even greater if they belong, in a sense, to the same tribe.
Romantic partners influence each other's goals
When one person within a couple avoids distress and conflicts, the other tries to do the same. And conversely, when one person seeks personal growth and meaningful experiences, the other wants to achieve them too.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
Desire to be in a group leads to harsher judgment of others
We can belong to many groups (a political party and a sports association for example) and the stronger we identify with them the more we adopt their “group think” and stoutly defend it—even if we don’t actually believe it.
In disputes, our neurons like mediation
When couples argue, mediation by a third party improves the outcome of the confrontation. But that’s not all: mediation is also linked to heightened activity in key regions of the brain belonging to the reward circuit.
How to get good at disagreeing
For a group to find the best solutions, it is crucial to have a culture where you feel empowered to speak up. Voicing disagreement is difficult - there is an art to disagreeing without harming relationships.
Under the right conditions, creative-boosting daydreaming can help crack difficult challenges in new ways.
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