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Positive | artificial intelligence

Wait and Die or Adapt and Thrive: AI and the Workplace

2.6 million years ago early humans were beginning to use sharp stones for cutting meat and other foods. At the dawn of 2017, we are looking forward to the development of driverless cars, uncanny augmented and virtual reality software, and… Read more

Social Physics: Fake News and Echo Chambers

In a poll of registered U.S. voters, 14% of Donald Trump supporters believed reports that a Washington D. C. pizzeria was the HQ of a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. 32% of respondents were “not sure”. The remaining… Read more
Positive | psychology, stress

The Psychology of Stress

At the start of psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk, the Stanford University lecturer relays an unsettling statistic from a recent research paper: in the past year, McGonigal says, people who experienced a large amount of stress had a 43 percent… Read more

Social Support: How Inclusion Aids our Wellbeing

Despite our relatively gangly, ponderous, and unthreatening physiques, humans successfully evolved to become dominant creatures. What was the key to that successful evolution? Obviously the answer to this question is multi-factorial, but one major aspect was our ability to work… Read more
Positive | emotions

It's Normal

October 10th marks World Mental Health day. The objective of the day, as stated by the World Health Organization, is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health”. Psychological wellbeing… Read more

What Makes an Entrepreneur?

You know the famous ones: Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs etc. And for every famous one there are a thousand less famous aspirers and emulators. As a society, we revere successful entrepreneurs, fascinated by the innovators and creators who… Read more
Positive | thoughts

Scary Thoughts: How Thoughts Affect the Body

Questions regarding the potential unity or disunity between our mind and body have raged since classical antiquity. Yet modern developments in psychology and neuroscience are beginning to clearly show that our thoughts impact on our physiology, meaning that our minds… Read more
Positive | brains, purpose

Purpose: How it Keeps our Brains Happy

To say that humans need a sense of meaning, purpose, and direction in their life in order to feel motivated and engaged sounds fairly cliché. However, like most clichés, because we’re so tired of hearing it we often take for… Read more
Positive | confidence

Crisis of Confidence

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – W. B. Yeats You’ve all heard the sort of stuff he comes out with. “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously… Read more