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Empowerment and Disempowerment | Freedom, Maslow & Wilber, Lying and Authenticity | Brain Changing, Behavioral Contagion, and Social Support | Optimism, Good Character, Respect, Self-Compassion, Resilience & Survivalism

Empowerment and Disempowerment

Empowerment can be understood as building and "increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strength of individuals and communities" according to Wikipedia. Simply put, empowerment is being your own authority (without this being egocentric, ego-based, acting superior or misusing one's power). Peruse links regarding empowerment, the heart of true life transformation, effective therapy and psychological maturity
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empowerment
joe.org/joe/1999october/comm1.php
selfempowermentsociety.com/home.html
sapphyr.net/women

For Emotional Well-Being, treat yourself the way you'd want others to treat you, research on self-compassion from 2007 to 2011 reveals.
apa.org/monitor/2011/07-08/golden-rule.aspx

Tolerating Ambiguity: Be comfortable, tolerate, relish and embrace ambiguity to be a brilliant creative genius outside any box—Holding apparent opposites or contradictions and finding them to be paradoxes, or both true, opens up breakthroughs.
articles.mercola.com...brilliant-thinkers-relish-ambiguity~
creative-genius-mindset...essential-qualities-for-thinking-outside-the-box~
articles.mercola.com...creativity-and-insanity-more-alike-than-you-think~
articles.mercola.com...dangerous-ideas-worth-reading~

Please see Dr. Friedman's article "Questions To Live By"
willjoelfriedman.com/articles/articAppr-Questions.html

Inspirational talk (text and video) by J. K. Rowlings—She extols the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination, while commenting that there is an expiration date on blaming your parents for your life, specifically once you begin driving. Thereafter, the responsibility for your life is clearly yours, as it indeed always was. Surprising as it is, she considered herself "the biggest failure" and sees many benefits from failure, including "a stripping away of the inessential," building an inner security, and teaches you things about yourself that you could not learn any other way. She says, "You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift..." Another excerpt: "I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment."
harvardmagazine.com...fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination~

Bystander Effect: This social psychology finding describes the phenomenon that an individual's likelihood of helping decreases when passive bystanders are present in a critical situation: Since this effect was uncovered in 1969, more recent research findings show that it is attenuated when situations were perceived as dangerous (compared with non-dangerous), perpetrators were present (compared with non-present), and the costs of intervention were physical (compared with non-physical). These recent findings are consistent with the arousal-cost-reward model which proposes that dangerous emergencies are recognized faster and more accurately as real emergencies, thereby provoking higher levels of arousal and herein more helping. Reducing bystander effect in situations where bystanders provide welcome physical support for the potentially intervening person were identified, including when the bystanders were exclusively male, when bystanders were not strangers, and when they were naive rather than passive confederates or only virtually present persons.
psychology.about.com/od/socialpsychology/a/bystandereffect.htm
changingminds.org/explanations/theories/bystander_effect.htm
psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2011-08829-001
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect
youarenotsosmart.com/2010/03/08/bystander-effect/
listverse.com/2009/11/02/10-notorious-cases-of-the-bystander-effect/

Therapy Effectiveness Research Findings

2009 research shows that short-term psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money—Reseachers compared large data sets where 1000s of people had reported on their well-being and at how well-being changed due to therapy in regard to getting sudden increases in income. They found that a 4 month course of psychological therapy had a large effect on well-being and showed that the costs of the therapy would take a pay increase of 32 times that amount to achieve an equivalent increase in well-being. So this research demonstrated that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. Chris Boyce, the lead researcher on the article, states, "Often the importance of money for improving our well-being and bringing greater happiness is vastly over-valued in our societies. The benefits of having good mental health, on the other hand, are often not fully appreciated and people do not realise the powerful effect that psychological therapy, such as non-directive counselling, can have on improving our well-being."
sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091120084613.htm

Psychotherapy reduces repeat ER trips—Emergency room "intensive, short-term dynamic psychotherapy" by a staff psychologist provided relief to three out of four patients whose physical symptoms have no medical explanation: Research published in November 2009 and released in January 2010 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation addressed patients arriving at the emergency department of a Health Sciences Centre in Halifax with chest pain that doctors could find no physical reason for it after a barrage of tests. In an average treatment course of 3.8 sessions, in which the person recognized the link between their physical symptoms and their stress or emotions, resulted in a 69 per cent drop in repeat visits to the emergency room and hospital visits dropped from an average of almost 4.6 visits a year to 1.4 visits a year. An 80 per cent drop in panic attacks resulted from a single interview in many cases. Dr. Allan Abbass, director for the Centre, said that for every 100 people seen by the staff psychologist, there will be 300 fewer emergency visits a year, which adds up to a huge savings and reduction in unnecessary tests. Also patients reporting a high degree of satisfaction.
Abstract of article: cjem-online.ca/v11/n6/p529

Also read Dr. Friedman's compilation of research on the benefits of effects of therapy: "Research on the Effectiveness of Therapy and How Therapy Can Change Brain Structure"
willjoelfriedman.com/articles/articMind-Effectiveness.html

Gender Gap in Pay

Gender gap in pay?: Women still earn less than men—In 1963 women earned 59% of the wages men earned in the same job it appears; in 2008 women earned 77% of men's wages. A late September 2010 report from the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) found that women managers make 81 cents to a man's buck, and that managerial women with children haven't gained on men at all from 2000 to 2007. However, since part-time work pays less and many more women work part-time, this may almost completely close this apparent wage gap!—March 2010 research conducted by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital found that even highly qualified women in academic medicine paid less than equally qualified men. At the same time a 2009 study mentioned that this apparent gender wage gap almost completely disappears to an adjusted gap between 4.8 and 7.1 percent once a number of variables are factored in, such as a greater percent of women than men tend to work part-time, and part-time work tends to pay less than full-time work, pregnancy leave, and other factors. Denise Venable, a research assistant with the National Center for Policy Analysis, says: "The "wage gap" is not so much about employers discriminating against women as about women making discriminating choices in the labor market." A July 21, 2010 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Nicholas D. Kristof entitled "Don't Write Men Off Just Yet" makes the case that gains for women in society and the workplace are helping put the genders on a more equal footing. With a rising tide lifting all boats, Kristof notes "The truth is that we men have typically benefited as women have gained greater equality."
infoplease.com/spot/equalpayact1.html
physorg.com/news189233838.html
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1983185,00.html
latimes.com/business/la-fi-women-managers-20100928,0,1131366.story
businessweek.com/careers/workingparents...working_women_a~
mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/03/gender-wage-gap-explained.html
nytimes.com/2006/12/24/business/24gap.html
en.wikipedia...Male%E2%80%93female_income_disparity_in_the_United_States~
...gimi.us/CLUTE_INSTITUTE...gender+wage+gap+for+doing+the+same+work~
docs.google.com...iwpr.org...gender+pay+gap+2010~
mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/03/gender-wage-gap-explained.html
ncpa.org/pub/ba392
nytimes.com/2010/07/22/opinion/22kristof.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Wage inequities are to be corrected for greater prosperity for all: New York Times Op-Ed piece by Robert B. Reich on "How to End the Great Recession
nytimes.com/2010/09/03/opinion/03reich.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Slavery / Enslavement

Modern-Day Slavery: Estimated 27 million slaves in the world today (circa mid-2011) with the average age of a child sold into sex slavery being 13, according to UN website! What could be more empowering than freeing the slaves on this planet?! The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report video and the presentation by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are linked below along with a site called "Free the Slaves".
huffingtonpost.com/j-l-morin/modern-day-slavery-101-lo_b_874813.html~
unmultimedia.org/radio/english/detail/105955.html
youtube.com/watch?v=p2bk7FtcETw&feature=relmfu
youtube.com/watch?v=BjfT3kwpXbM
freetheslaves.net/

A July 2011 New York Times Opinion article titled "Slavery in the Modern Age" reports that according to the latest State Department statistics, as many as 100,000 people in the United States are in bondage and possibly 27 million people worldwide!
nytimes.com/2011/07/02/opinion/02sat3~

Time Management

Stephen Covey's Time Management Matrix: Business consultant Stephen Covey first proposed the four quadrant Time Management Matrix in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) and later elaborated on it in his follow up book First Things First (1996). It is a wonderful time-management and prioritizing tool that distinguishes tasks as either important or not important, urgent or not urgent. It is not just valuable in the business realm, but throughout one's life. Covey's proposed five levels of initiative is also remarkably useful in how to delegate tasks to people depending on their level of self-reponsibility, self-starting/ proactive/initiative and commitment to excellence and growth. Other links explore the matrix and the five levels of initiative and elaborate upon it. Recommended.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_People
srds.co.uk/cedtraining/handouts/hand09.htm
docs.google...bootcampblog.co.uk...Coveys-Time-Management-Matrix.pdf~
docs.google...students.berkeley.edu...TIME%2520MANAGEMENT%2520MATRIX~
selfesteem2go.com/time-management-matrix.html
mappio.com...steven-covey-s-time-management-matrix-as-a-mindmap-map-2-of-2~
celestinechua.com/blog/put-first-things-first/
docs.google...counseling.edcc.edu...MatrixforTimeManagement.pdf~
docs.google...brefigroup.co.uk...quadrnts.pdf+time+management+matrix~
effective-time-management-strategies.com/time-management-matrix.html
businessballs.com/timemanagement.htm
docs.google...artizo.org......Stephen+Covey%27s+five+levels+of+initiative~
deanlforbes.com/dlf/2010/08/the-5-levels-of-initiative.html

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) according to the Oxford English Dictionary is "a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them" and "a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour." Originators Richard Bandler and John Grinder claimed that matching and responding to the representational systems people use to think is generally beneficial for enhancing rapport and influence in communication. The direction of eye accesses was considered an indicator of the type of internal mental process (see eye accessing cue chart down the page). Research in the early 1980's did find some support for the notion that eye movements can indicate visual and auditory components of thought in the moment.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming
nlpu.com/whatnlp.htm
nlpinfo.com/intro/txintro.html
holisticonline.com/hol_neurolinguistic.htm

Smart People Do Dumb Things

What compels smart, accomplished, successful people to do really dumb, stupid, self-sabotaging things?: The immature, wounded, irrational, core emotional survival decisions eventually tend to override rationality, logic and good sense. Other ideas are explored, including not having the mental skills and bandwidth to make rational decisions, arrogance, hubris, narcissism, compartmentalization / splitting, an unconscious need to fail and fear of success among others. Peruse many perspectives on this extraordinarily ordinary finding.
blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/09/why_smart_peopl.html#axzz1Pyp09Njf
theenhancelife.com/2007/02/why-do-smart-people-do-stupid-things.html
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-06/pb-wsp062807.php
mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=43403&cn=110
geniustypes.com/why_smart_people_do_dumb_things/
management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/27/why-do-smart-people-do-dumb-things/
magazine.utoronto.ca/feature/why-people-are-irrational-kurt-kleiner/
wired.com/wiredscience/2007/09/why-do-smart-pe/
moneywatch.bnet.com/investing/blog/wise-investing/why-do-smart-people-do-dumb-things/1385/
msnbc.msn.com/id/23566308/ns/politics/t/why-do-smart-people-do-dumb-things/
blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2011/01/why_do_smart_people_do_such_du.html
cigognenews.blogspot.com/2011/06/smart-people-do-dumb-things.html 


Empowerment and Disempowerment | Freedom, Maslow & Wilber, Lying and Authenticity | Brain Changing, Behavioral Contagion, and Social Support | Optimism, Good Character, Respect, Self-Compassion, Resilience & Survivalism

Freedom of the Press and Corruption Perceptions

Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organizations's assessment of their press freedom records and appears to be one fairly solid measure of overall freedom: Of the 175 countries surveyed yearly from 2002 to 2009, the top ten for 2009 in order are Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland and Lithuania, with the United Sates coming in tied for 20th with the United Kingdom. Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that support the expansion of freedom around the world. It also provides an annual survey entitled Freedom of the Press that provides downloadable charts, tables, press release, overview essay, methodology, map of press freedom 2009 and historical maps.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Press_Freedom_Index
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporters_Without_Borders
freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=470

Corruption Perceptions Index for 2010 (the 15th year of this index): Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, provides yearly on-line results for how 178 countries are perceived in regard to perceived public sector corruption. Peruse all 178 countries (for example, the United States comes in #22 while Russia comes in #154)) from the "very clean" (top rated Denmark, New Zealand, and Singapore tied for the #1 position, followed by Finland and Sweden, then Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland) to the "highly corrupt" (bottom rated Somalia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Chad, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, and Venezuela). Lower investment is associated with countries perceived as more corrupt. View summary videos on this important topic.
transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/results
transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010/multimedia

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Ken Wilber's Integral Theory of Everything: American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a "hierarchy of needs" ranging from the most essential physiological needs (like breathing, food and water), to safety needs (including security of one's body, employment, health and property), to love/belonging needs (such as friendship, family and sexual intimacy), to esteem needs (for example, confidence, achievement, respect of others and by others), to self-actualization needs (that cover creativity, morality and acceptance of facts). His theory stated that higher order needs only come into focus when lower order needs are met and that with the move upwards to the next level, the needs at the lower level will no longer be prioritized. Toward the end of his life he added a top level of self-transcendence that is the realm of Being, divergent thinking and unitive consciousness. Maslow's paper describing transcendence to this day sets the standard for nondual wisdom and spiritual psychology. Maslow's hierarchy has deeply influenced philosopher Ken Wilber and his Integral Theory—a "theory of everything" or AQAL ("All quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, all types"—sometimes shortened to "all quadrants all levels") in his model of manifest existence. It also has inspired an update called the Human Hierarchy of Needs. Douglas T. Kenrick, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, argues for a new updated pyramid building upon Abraham Maslow's 5 motivational basic needs/motives theory. Kenrick revamps the model by dropping self-actualization at the top and makes room for three reproductive related motives—mate attraction, mate retention and parenting forming an overall eight stage model (the full paper and the life history & eight stage evo-devo model are also linked below).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Abraham_Maslow#Self-transcendence
businesspme.com/uk/articles/marketing/46/Maslow~
rare-leadership.org/Maslow_on_transpersonal_psychology.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber
kenwilber.com/home/landing/index.html
in.integralinstitute.org
integralworld.net
thewiseturtle.com/hierarchyofneeds.html
experienceintegral.org...Developmental_Stages_of_Consciousness~
the-mouse-trap.com/2010/09/05/maslows-motivational-hierarchy-revisited
the-mouse-trap.com...life-history-theory-and-eight-stage-evo-devo-model~
psychologicalscience.org/journals/pps/5_3_inpress/Kenrick.pdf

Wilber's Integral Theory of Everything

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Ken Wilber's Integral Theory of Everything: American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a "hierarchy of needs" ranging from the most essential physiological needs (like breathing, food and water), to safety needs (including security of one's body, employment, health and property), to love/belonging needs (such as friendship, family and sexual intimacy), to esteem needs (for example, confidence, achievement, respect of others and by others), to self-actualization needs (that cover creativity, morality and acceptance of facts). His theory stated that higher order needs only come into focus when lower order needs are met and that with the move upwards to the next level, the needs at the lower level will no longer be prioritized. Toward the end of his life he added a top level of self-transcendence that is the realm of Being, divergent thinking and unitive consciousness. Maslow's paper describing transcendence to this day sets the standard for nondual wisdom and spiritual psychology. Maslow's hierarchy has deeply influenced philosopher Ken Wilber and his Integral Theory—a "theory of everything" or AQAL ("All quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, all types"—sometimes shortened to "all quadrants all levels") in his model of manifest existence. It also has inspired an update called the Human Hierarchy of Needs. Douglas T. Kenrick, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, argues for a new updated pyramid building upon Abraham Maslow's 5 motivational basic needs/motives theory. Kenrick revamps the model by dropping self-actualization at the top and makes room for three reproductive related motives—mate attraction, mate retention and parenting forming an overall eight stage model (the full paper and the life history & eight stage evo-devo model are also linked below).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Abraham_Maslow#Self-transcendence
businesspme.com/uk/articles/marketing/46/Maslow~
rare-leadership.org/Maslow_on_transpersonal_psychology.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber
kenwilber.com/home/landing/index.html
in.integralinstitute.org
integralworld.net
thewiseturtle.com/hierarchyofneeds.html
experienceintegral.org...Developmental_Stages_of_Consciousness~
the-mouse-trap.com/2010/09/05/maslows-motivational-hierarchy-revisited
the-mouse-trap.com...life-history-theory-and-eight-stage-evo-devo-model~
psychologicalscience.org/journals/pps/5_3_inpress/Kenrick.pdf

Wilber Videos: youtube.com/watch?v=QWO5Oj4yG-Q&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=BA8tDzK_kPI&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=NQ_HsQkBkJA&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=6up1CYD2Pzo&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=3E8CAWawn2g&feature=related

Authenticity & Wisdom

Authenticity is simply being true to oneself, one's Spirit, True Self, Original Nature and the authentic liberated self. Peruse links related to authenticity, essentially synonymous with honesty, integrity, sincerity, transparency and being trustworthy
psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-be-swayed/~
managementhelp.org/prsn_wll/authentc.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authenticity_%28philosophy%29

Lying and Liars

Spot liars and lying: Psychologist Paul Ekman's work (used in the popular Fox series "Lie To Me"—Excellent and highly recommended). Research to understand lying through behavior as we age is also fascinating—apparently children lie differently than adults lie. The reasons we lie are mostly the same it seems: to get out of trouble, ffor personal gain and to make ourselves look better in the eyes of others. Some research findings suggest that the majority of kids can conceal their lying and cheating very well by age seven. So one researcher states that the time to catch a liar is before age eight. Some research shows that a certain type of parenting style seems to discourage lying. Specifically it suggested that parents discuss why there are rules against lying and that parents who point out when kids lie and acknowledge when children come clean can foster more truth-telling. Cheating, one form of lying, is clearly understood for what it is by most high schoolers and it doesn't stop them from doing it on a widespread basis! 70 percent of public high school students admit to serious test cheating, with 60 percent saying they have plagiarized papers. In some cases students just don't grasp that some dishonest acts are cheating. Interestingly, research results suggest that students' attitudes are tied to effort—cheating that required students to exert some effort was seen as less dishonest as cheating that required little effort. Researchers suggest that teachers spell out for students precisely what constitutes cheating and be more vigilant about policing and sanctioning cheating given that if students seemingly can get away with it, they they will do it anyway. In a May 22, 2010 Op-Ed column in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd cites examples of politicians as overstating and selling the image they want to convey and falsifying truth in the process, what she calls "Lies as wishes." She writes: “I think that lies are like wishes,” said Bella DePaulo, a psychology professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “So when you wish you were a certain kind of person that you know you’re not, and maybe you’re not willing to do what it would take to become that person or can’t go back, then it becomes very tempting to lie.” Bella DePaulo also comments on the column with further links to her research.
guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle...psychology-lying-microexpressions-paul-ekman~
popularmechanics.com/science/4300722
paulekman.com/faq
onthemedia.org/transcripts/2009/01/23/08
face-and-emotion.com/dataface/facets/deception.jsp
taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2009/05/15/2003443630
news-journalonline...class-teaches-police-new-ways-to-spot-a-liar~
face.paulekman.com/aboutmett2.aspx
docs.google...peacecenter.berkeley...can-I-trust-you.pdf+paul+ekman+lies~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ekman
paulekman.com/publications/journal-articles-book-chapters
online.wsj.com/article~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100511173829.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheating
nytimes.com/2010/05/23/opinion/23dowd.html?th&emc=th
psychologytoday.com...maureen-dowd-quotes-me-not-about-singles~
danerwin.typepad.com...maureen-dowd-on-lies-as-wishes~

Videos: youtube.com/watch?v=EXm6YbXxSYk

Empowerment and Disempowerment | Freedom, Maslow & Wilber, Lying and Authenticity | Brain Changing, Behavioral Contagion, and Social Support | Optimism, Good Character, Respect, Self-Compassion, Resilience & Survivalism

Brain Changing / Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the changing of neurons, the organization of their networks, and their functions via new experiences: Our brains are constantly changing and the notion of "neural pruning" describes what gets stimulated and elaborates, and what does not get stimulated and becomes weaker (sometimes called "Use it or lose it"). Several articles address this most intriguing process, with some exceptions like remembering a forgotten language. Inspired by scientists who met with the Dalai Lama in India and engaged in research withTibetan Buddhist monks, a November 2004 article "Scans of monk's brains show meditation alters structure, functioning" in Science Journal by Sharon Begley summarizes their findings. Also read neuropsychologist Rick Hanson's article "Mind Changing Brain Changing Mind: The Dharma and Neuroscience."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity
memoryzine.com/neuroplasticity.htm
learninginfo.org/neuroplasticity.htm
urbandharma.org/udharma8/monksmed.html
newlearningnow.com/2_constant_change.html
sharpbrains.wordpress.com/2006/09/12/the-it-in-use-it-or-lose-it
positscience.com/news/use-it-or-lose-it-%E2%80%94-your-brain
innovations-report.com/html/reports/studies/lose_study_~
nih.gov/news/pr/feb2002/nia-12.htm
latimes.com/features/health/la-he-mating18-2008aug18,0,4651977.story
dharma.org/bcbs...MindChangingBrainChangingMindbyRickHanson.pdf~

Behavioral Contagion

Good acts are contagious—'Pay It Forward' pays off: Uplifting research evidence from early 2010 provides evidence that cooperative behavior is contagious and that it spreads from person to person and so on, and the effect persists.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100308151049.htm
newswise.com/articles/pay-it-forward-pays-off
briangrady.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/acts-of-kindness-are-contagious-study
skininc.com/treatments/wellness/alternativetherapies/83797727.html
stress.about.com/b/2010/02/09/is-kindness-contagious.htm

Social Support Research on Health Benefits

Social support makes a positive difference in people coping well with physical illnesses and life challenges research shows.
accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-124860705/benefits-good-connections.html
ww5.komen.org/Content.aspx?id=5904
oprah.com/article/relationships/20080723_partners_goodfriends/2
lumosity.com/knowledge-center/cognitive-health/brain-health-being-social
stress.about.com/od/relationships/a/circleoffriends.htm


Empowerment and Disempowerment | Freedom, Maslow & Wilber, Lying and Authenticity | Brain Changing, Behavioral Contagion, and Social Support | Optimism, Good Character, Respect, Self-Compassion, Resilience & Survivalism

Optimism and Courage

Optimism can be seen as putting the most favorable, desirable and positive construction upon actions and events as well as to anticipate the best possible outcome. These links explore what research tells us about optimism along with its positive health outcomes
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimism
youmeworks.com/optimismishealthy.html
stress.about.com/od/optimismspirituality/a/optimismbenefit.htm
healthywomen.org/wellness~
lcmedia.com/mind298.htm
psychologytoday.com/articles/200604/case-double-edged-optimism
psychologytoday.com/blog/lifelines/200907/optimism
nyu.edu/nyutoday/article/877
74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:Gp0XDjyYPgYJ:educ.msu.edu~

A "prospective study" on the effects of optimism on adolescent health risks released in January 2011 found that an "optimistic thinking style is somewhat protective against adolescent health risks..." In reviewed the research literature on optimism, optimism has long been linked to educational, career and political success as well as predicting good global health status, lower rates of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular deaths and depressive symptoms. Additionally, it's potential role in buffering against the negative emotional consequences of social adversity, has prompted some to view optimism as an index of resilience. Optimists may also be more likely to adopt lifestyles that promote health or a favorable progression through and resolution of disease.
bit.ly/KenPopeOptimismStudy

The Optimism Bias is both a May 2011 cover article in Time magazine and a new book by Tali Sharot: This author defines the "optimism bias" as: "The belief that the future will be much better than the past and present..." and then goes on to provide survey findings and research support for this bias.
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2074067,00.html

Courage—Fearlessness: How do you define courage, where does it come from, how does it manifest itself in the body and brain, and how come do we love it so much are explored in January 2011 research. What constitutes a "clutch" athlete in contrast to "choke" athlete (and throughout life for that matter)? Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and regular columnist of The New Yorker, has written a wonderful essay on the difference between athletes that are "clutch" players and those that are "choke" players called "The Art of Failure." Highly recommended.
nytimes.com...science/04angier.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines~
management-issues.com...mentors/the-courage-expert-sandra-ford-walston~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courage
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clutch_%28sports%29
abcnews.go.com/GMA/WinterGames2006/story?id=1661283&page=1
basketballsbest.com/Don%27tChoke.htm
science20.com...why_do_some_athletes_choke_under_pressure_and_how_fix_it
nsmc.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Library/Wellness/1,1161
gladwell.com/2000/2000_08_21_a_choking.html

Good Character, Respect & Wisdom

Higher job performance using supervisor's ratings linked to people who are more honest and humble, according to results of March 2011 research study—Good character shines through to make a positive difference in this research.
baylor.edu/pr/news.php?action=story&story=89350
newsucanuse.org/content/higher-job-performance-linked-people-who-are-more-honest-and-humble

Respect: June 2010 research found American's need for self-respect rose in the last two decades, while security and sense of belonging falls over past three decades—The 1967 huge #1 hit "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Aretha Franklin literally spells out what respect is all about. Read the lyrics, then watch and listen to her scorching versions. In 1989 the Staple Singers had a terrific song "Respect Yourself" that shares what respect is all about. Read the lyrics, then watch and listen to their fine version at Wattstax.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100608151054.htm
guardian.co.uk/science/2004/mar/04/research.booksonhealth
heygrrrl.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/bullies-lack-self-esteem-lack-self-respect/
teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/respect.htm
ezinearticles.com/?Six-Ingredients-to-Help-Achieve-Self-Respect-For-Children&id=1828524
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respect
eqi.org/respect.htm
teach-nology.com/tutorials/teaching/respect/
humanresources.about.com/od/workrelationships/a/demo_respect.htm
metrolyrics.com/respect-lyrics-aretha-franklin.html
stlyrics.com/lyrics/that70sshowpresentsjammin/respectyourself.htm

Video: youtube.com/watch?v=cSdFTVhFyyc&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=0L4Bonnw484&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=q1M2fk72mfw&NR=1&feature=fvwp
youtube.com/watch?v=UD0jQH9OdwQ&feature=related

Wisdom: What are the key elements of wisdom? Researchers aim to define wisdom based on survey results from a group of international experts and how it differs from other traits like intelligence and spirituality. Results pointed to there not being any enduring, consistent definition, while identifying the central, unifying, universal characteristics of compassion, self-understanding, morality and emotional stability.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100507151554.htm

Compassion for Yourself / Self-Compassion

Self-soothing refers to ways of comforting yourself emotionally by doing things that are pleasant to your body and senses coupled with feeling relaxed, calm and peaceful to your psyche. Self-soothing is a wonderful set of skills that includes self-compassion, patience, social support and doing things you love to cope well with challenging and upsetting situations as well as being (or better on the brink of being) "emotionally flooded", engulfed and overwhelmed. Be aware of physical, emotional and spiritual forms of self-soothing along with highly practical and specific activities, practices and techniques that aid self-soothing. Recommended
psyke.org/coping/self_soothing
dr-bob.org/babble/psycho/20090730/msgs/912005.html
judithcannon.com/index_files/page0018.html
wwu.edu/chw/counseling/subpages/subselfhelp/selfsoothing.shtml
theselfpages.tripod.com/id21.html

Self-Compassion website is a wonderful resource to aid the development of self-compassion, defined by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin, as having the three components of self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness. In other words, self-compassion is extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. See the videos by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Duke University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Mark Leary, Ph.D. that help clarify the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem. All resources well worth exploring in depth.
self-compassion.org
psych-it.com.au/Psychlopedia/article.asp?id=174
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-compassion
physorg.com/news98466411.html
annettecolby.com/blog/2009/04/20/how-to-increase-self-compassion~
psychologytoday.com/blog/the-compassion-chronicles/200805/quieting~
innerbonding.com/show-article/851/self-judgment-versus~

Video: youtube.com/watch?v=tAifaBhh2xo
youtube.com/watch?v=3OdWeqCJGdc&feature=related

Go easy on yourself in the area of self-compassion—how kindly people view themselves, according to a February 2011 New York Times article reviews a new wave of research.In the article it is mentioned that Dr. Neff has a new book being published in March 2011 called Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.
nytimes.com...go-easy-on-yourself-a-new-wave-of-research-urges~

Resilience / Survivalism

Resilience can be perceived as a positive capacity to cope with significant and chronic stress, loss and catastrophe. Here are several research-based links on resilience that also offer highly practical approaches to enhance resilience. David Milne's 2007 Psychiatric News article "People Can Learn Markers On Road To Resilience" is highly recommended. An article "Resilience, Not Misery, in Coping With Death" summarizes the book The Other Side of Sadness (2009) by George A. Bananno, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University. He concludes that the bereaved are far more resilient than anyone—including Freud, and the bereaved themselves—would ever have imagined. "Invulnerables," that is, children who would appear to be unaffected by adverse home and socioeconomic environmental conditions, find avenues to be successful and typically have one significant, supportive relationship with an older adolescent or adult
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience
pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/2/5
nytimes.com/2009/12/29/health/29book.html
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1201429
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2602/is_0003/ai_2602000329
nytimes.com/2011/01/04/health/04mind.html?ref=health

Resilience Among the Long Term Ill: People who have a long term debilitating physical illness, such as cancer, diabetes, respiratory or cardiovascular disease, demonstrate mental resilience and report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness, according to a July 2011 research report of the Economic and social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom (UK) drawing upon data gathered by "Understanding Society", the world's largest longitudinal household study that follows 40,000 UK households. Interestingly, over half (52%) of those indicating high levels of distress and anxiety, and thus identified as at risk of minor mental illness, still reported fairly positive overall mental well-being.
research.understandingsociety.org.uk/findings/early-findings

Preparation, self-sufficiency, and survivalism: Martin D. Weiss, author of The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide (2010) offers the following resources that address preparedness, self-sufficiency, and survivalism (pages 270-271). Additional links are offered on preparedness. Forewarned is forearmed.
preparenow.org/marin-g.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_survival_kits
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug_out_bag
thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1508.0
survivalblog.com/
survivalistboards.com/
muddywaterpress.com/It_sTheEndOfTheWorrldAsWeKnowIt_AndIfeelFine.pdf
thepowerhour.com/news/items_disappearfirst.htm
survivalblog.com/newbies.html
lewrockwell.com/orig10/gillespie2.1.1.html
lastonealive.com
chaostan.com/
howstuffworks.com/
solarovens.org/
makerope.com/
hesperian.org/publications_download.php
icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/p0870
globalsecurity.org/security/index.html
campfire.theoildrum.com/
journeytoforever.org/index.html
uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_home.html
nal.usda.gov/
ucanr.org/

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