” people are motivated to pay closer attention to beautiful people for many reasons, including curiosity, romantic interest or a desire for friendship or social status. “Not only do we judge books by their covers, we read the ones with beautiful covers much closer than others,”

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“What Should We Look For When Searching For Creative People?”

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Contrary to pop biz, self help platitudes, “creativity” is pretty much anti-social and driven by “darkness” and not the “light.”  Unlikely organizations can tolerate this kind of diversity – why ad agencies, consultants, accts, attys, etc. are best to stay “outsiders.”

“Creativity can quite simply be defined as the capacity to come up with new ideas to serve a purpose. Creativity is thus one of the most important sources of renewal. Creativity contributes to innovation and improvements in working life, commerce and industry.

Seven…paramount personality traits that characterise creative people:
• 1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction.
• 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude due to a need to do things no one else does.
• 3. Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal-oriented, innovative attitude, stamina to tackle difficult issues. Continue reading

The Scourge of Adult ADHD: Who Do You Know Suffering With It?

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Boys with ADHD may be more likely to grow up into men who fare worse economically and socially than their peers who never had the disorder, new research finds….struggles that come with childhood ADHD may last well into adult years.

“A lot of them do fine, but there is a small proportion that is in a great deal of difficulty…They go to jail, they get hospitalized.”

– 31 percent of adults who had been diagnosed with ADHD as kids did not finish high school, while only 4 percent of their never-diagnosed counterparts lacked a diploma. Continue reading

“… time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.”

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Childhood sports and adult creativity: a study

… time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.

Perhaps even more interestingly, the difference between those participants whose scores placed them into “above-average” creativity bracket was only about two hours per week of unstructured sport participation throughout their school-age years.

– informal sports played in unstructured, unsupervised environments capture many of the elements that are linked with the developmental benefits of play for children. These environments offer children the freedom to self-govern, create rules, problem-solve and resolve social conflicts on their own terms.
– Organized sports, on the other hand, tend to replicate hierarchical and militaristic models aimed at obedience, replication, adherence to authority, and a number of other qualities that, on a theoretical level, would be unlikely to be conducive to creative development. Continue reading

” The easiest shortcut to pretending that we’re not living in a world where respected men molest, rape and assault is to ignore their accusers. The victims of powerful men often choose to remain silent, fearful of being dismissed, discredited and humiliated, and the perpetrators of sexual violence remain safe in the fortresses of their victims’ silence and society’s addiction to decorum.”

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“”We believe that genetic risk may confer vulnerability for dysfunctional brain network communication. This abnormal network communication in turn might amplify risk for psychiatric illnesses. “

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Few things on this research area:

  1. There is some evidence that all mental illnesses sit along a continuum of similar inherited/genetic neuronal malfunctions that are similar in cause and effect.  One friend, an expert in this field, said she suspected all mental illnesses were ‘just” different configurations of similar, hyper-frequent, milliesecond neuronal seizures.
  2. There is an idea that all mental illnesses are a variation on schizophrenia.  Yipee!  (BMM)

Children At Risk For Mental Disorders Experience Communication Breakdown In Brain Networks Supporting Attention

Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. A new study suggests that the brain network interactions between regions that support attention are dysfunctional in children and adolescents at genetic risk for developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. A new study …suggests that the brain network interactions between regions that support attention are dysfunctional in children and adolescents at genetic risk for developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Continue reading

“Empathy Represses Analytic Thought, And Vice Versa: Brain Physiology Limits Simultaneous Use Of Both Empathy And Analysis”

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When the brain’s analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed…we have a built-in neural constraint on our ability to be both empathetic and analytic at the same time.

New research shows a simple reason why even the most intelligent, complex brains can be taken by a swindler’s story — one that upon a second look offers clues it was false.  When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis… Continue reading