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Self Consciousness

Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We have this conundrum of who has a soul and who goes to heaven because the basic premise on the question is rather absurd. The concept of a soul is fatally flawed, just as is the idea of dualism.

Seize the Day: Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

A listener, a helper, an empathic and caring friend, always available for us, a smile on our everyday life, a huge smile hiding a deep sadness. That no one could help.

A Tell-Tale Sign Your Child Is Growing Up

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

My son is becoming more of a person everyday, and the butt-scratching freedom of toddlerhood is disappearing. I mourn for it a bit because I know he'll never be that unselfconscious again. And that means he is growing up.

A Simple Mind Trick That Will Help You Manage Stress

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

In a Seinfeld episode titled "The Jimmy," the character of George finds himself in a stressful situation and starts speaking in the third person: "Geo...

STUDY: Women Spend 335 Hours A Year In Front Of The Mirror

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.24.2014 | Style

Earlier this month, we learned that the average makeup bag contains $170 worth of products. On Monday, a new Today/AOL "Ideal to Real" body image ...

On Learning to Be Less Self-Conscious; Or, Why the Hell Am I Wearing So Much Makeup?

Madeline Wahl | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

I wish I could say that I no longer have the urge to check myself as I walk by a mirror. I wish I could say that "perfection" is no longer defined as clear skin and small pores and being blemish-free. I wish I could say that I no longer worry about how I look in public.

Be Who You Are, No Matter What Anyone Else Thinks

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Cheryl Dumesnil

What I'm seeing in my youngest son is both sad and predictable: His growing consciousness of social rules is turning into a growing self-consciousness, and I wish I could stop it. I know I can't, but at least maybe I can give them some tools to help.

A More Mature Approach to Syria

Terry Mollner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Terry Mollner

Let's reach an agreement, more universally embraced and with a deeper commitment than before, with clear consequences if breached, of how we want to live together with the existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

You're Not That Important! Letting Go of Self-Consciousness

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Self-consciousness can prevent people from being who they are, expressing what they are feeling, doing what they want to do, and all because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them.

Being Naked In Public And Feeling Naked In Private

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

In the past month I was inseminated for the first time, masturbated in a circle with 10 naked women and watched myself onscreen in an interactive documentary. None of these things is particularly strange for me. However, I do feel like I've been in a blender on the high setting.

Being Intelligent About Intelligence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University, showed that a chimpanzee named Ayumu clearly out-performed humans on some working memory tests, a category of short-term recall. What is surprising is that anybody finds this surprising.

Some Songs Just Can't Be Heard

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.06.2013 | Home
Ben Thomas

Dr. Taylor tries to tell us, in the most precise language possible, what it was like to watch her thoughts fall away as she fell into timeless bliss. Truth be told, though, your own subjective experience is just as unique as hers -- and, ultimately, just as immune to exact translation.

Eckhart Tolle Shares His Aha Moment With Oprah

OWN | Posted 12.08.2012 | OWN

This season on "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah spoke with New York Times bestselling author Eckhart Tolle. It had been four years since their groundbreakin...

Moms In The Picture: Your Stories

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents

Erin Knowles loves taking photographs of her children -- she snaps dozens a day. But of the 25,000 she has, only ten include her with the rest of the ...

Mom In The Picture: Your Stories

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

When we asked readers to join Allison's crusade, and send us photos of themselves "in the picture," you responded. Actually, you did more than just respond. You embraced, inhabited and claimed the cause as your own. 

How To Banish Self-Consciousness Forever

Posted 11.14.2012 | OWN

By Martha Beck It's one word -- one little word -- but it has revelatory power. You step into the party feeling reasonably confident. True, ...

The Mom Stays in the Picture

Allison Tate | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

The Value of Experiencing Through Someone Else's Eyes

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.

How to Have a Healthy Dose of Faith

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

Faith in a balanced form could be a positive, and in some ways essential, trait for humanity. However, it could also have the potential for becoming counterproductive if it is used as blind faith or ignorance.

6 Practical Meditation Tips

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 11.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

Be patient with the process of meditation, since like any other skill, this will take some time to master. Make it a formal practice, and it will only get better.

For College Kids: How to Eat Alone in the Dining Hall

Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW | Posted 06.05.2011 | College
Meg F. Schneider, MA, LCSW

It's hard to eat alone because of what you assume others are thinking. Your own destructive thoughts ruin a manageable, quiet, dining experience.

The Biggest Loser: One Physician's Perspective

Christina Jenkins, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Jenkins, M.D.

We all have something at stake in helping all Americans achieve a healthy weight. The Biggest Loser isn't perfect, but it's been an undeniable success in messaging and motivation.

What We Don't Know Is Thrilling

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

It's what we don't know about our ancestors that's the most thrilling. Nothing in the fossil record, no matter how many dozen specialists study it, explains the trait that makes us human.