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Tag: Human Nature
Tag: Human Nature
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Articles: Why Cynicism Can Hold You BackBy Kira M. Newman | June 11, 2015
A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!
Articles: How to Rebuild TrustBy Anahid Modrek | October 11, 2010
A recent study suggests that our beliefs about human nature strongly influence how trusting we are.
Articles: The Birth of the ArtsBy Ellen Dissanayake | December 1, 2008
Throughout our history, humans have felt compelled to make art. Ellen Dissanayake explains why.
Articles: Brain TrustBy Michael Kosfeld | September 1, 2008
Trust is not irrational or illusory, explains Michael Kosfeld. It’s a biologically-based part of human nature.
Articles: Alien KindnessBy Alex Dixon | March 1, 2008
How can scientists beam altruism into outer space?
Articles: The Forgiveness InstinctBy Michael E. McCullough | March 1, 2008
To understand the human potential for peace, we have to learn three simple truths about forgiveness and revenge.
Articles: Political PrimatesBy Christopher Boehm | December 1, 2007
Are humans prone to try to dominate or live harmoniously with each other? Christopher Boehm uncovers a seven-million-year-old answer.
Articles: Hope on the BattlefieldBy Lt. Col. Dave Grossman | June 1, 2007
Military leaders know a secret: The vast majority of people are overwhelmingly reluctant to take a human life.
Articles: The Banality of HeroismBy Zeno Franco, Philip Zimbardo | September 1, 2006
Circumstances can force almost anyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo show how we’re all capable of everyday heroism.
Articles: Book Review: Our Inner ApeBy Jill Suttie | March 1, 2006
By Frans de Waal
Riverhead, 2005, 288 pages
Articles: Right and Wrong in the Real WorldBy Joshua Halberstam | March 1, 2006
From our friendships to our jobs to our conduct in public, seemingly small decisions often pose tough ethical dilemmas, says Joshua Halberstam. He offers guidance for navigating the ethical dimension of everyday life.
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.
Christine Carter gets to the heart of the resentment she feels on Mother's Day.
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