The Most Dangerous Word in the World Is …

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This word can damage both the speaker’s and listener’s brain!
Published on July 31, 2012, by Mark Waldman and Andrew Newberg, M.D. in Words Can Change Your Brain on psychology today.com.

If I were to put you into an fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain—and flash the word “NO” for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication.

In fact, just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions.[1] You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.

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http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201212/the-top-posts-2012/3-the-most-dangerous-word-in-the-world

“The Sociopath Next Door” By Martha Stout, Ph.D.

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“Man is the cruelest animal.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

The Sociopath Next Door

The Ruthless Vs. The Rest Of Us

By Martha Stout, Ph.D.

One intriguing and engaging read on this not-so-rare disorder affecting many of those around us. -TWG

“We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.” – book browse.com

To learn more read this interview with Martha Stout…

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/conscience-lack-of

“Maybe #Christmas, Perhaps, Means A Little Bit More” – Dr. Seuss

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“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes, or bags!”…Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Final Words of Wisdom For The Holiday Week Ahead

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“Here we go, many of us, into the belly of the holiday beast. As I write this, people are sitting in Friday-before-Christmas rush hour traffic. There’s no turning back now.” – Sophia Dembling
Some thoughts to take with you into the most extroverted week of the year.
Published on December 21, 2012 by Sophia Dembling in The Introvert’s Corner.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/201212/final-words-wisdom-the-holiday-week-ahead