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Inflammatory words can prime a mind. Elijah O'Donnell/Unsplash

Hearing hate speech primes your brain for hateful actions

A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.
There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous. Alisusha/Shutterstock.com

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
It does make sense your mood may start to dip in midlife. Javier García/Unsplash

Is the ‘midlife crisis’ a real thing?

There's good evidence to suggest a midlife crisis exists, though it's hard to define what the midlife is. And perhaps crises that occur during midlife might equally have occurred before or after.
To feel a pang of pleasure at the misfortune of others is to be human. VixCompaNi/Shutterstock.com

Why does it feel good to see someone fail?

Schadenfreude seems to arise out of envy and a sense of justice. But some psychologists believe a darker impulse is at play.
Do you want to learn how to play guitar? Write down why that’s important to you. Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

Making New Year’s resolutions personal could actually make them stick

We often set generic goals, such as to exercise more. Because these don't necessarily tap into our personal motivations, we may not follow through. Goals that are meaningful to you are more effective.

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