June 2017 - The Neuroscience School

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The Truth about Motivation – 2

The Truth about Motivation

Here's a video of a recent interview I had with Melinda Chen from Women Making Big Sales where we talked about how motivation is built through action, how to overcome failure and stay motivated, how progress in meaningful work, no matter how small, builds motivation that creates an upward spiral, why visualization and self-affirmations often lead to poorer performance, and other strategies to boost motivation and keep you motivated. You can check out my previous blog on this topic.

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The Other Side of Meditation

The Dark Side of Meditation

We constantly hear about the benefits of mindfulness meditation: It’s now being taught in schools and at work and is often touted as the “magic pill” for what ails you. Here are two papers that challenge this view.

Key Takeaway

Although there are many benefits to mindfulness meditation, here are two studies that look at its other side. The first study found that narcissists who practice mindfulness meditation may actually experience a decrease in empathy because it may have "ironically ‘licensed’ narcissistic individuals to focus more exclusively on their self aggrandizing thoughts, at the expense of focusing on the mental states of others.” The second study found that it’s not uncommon for meditators to have long-lasting negative experiences.

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