Can Vocabulary Affect Our Ability to Feel?

Can Vocabulary Affect Our Ability to Feel?

I remember first learning the word petrichor, coined in 1964 by two researchers to describe the scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. We all know that smell. It is my favorite part of spring in Memphis, but before learning that word, I had no vocabulary for it....
What’s the Purpose of Life?

What’s the Purpose of Life?

Have you really sat down and thought about it? People-pleasing, as a term, sounds so nice, like something we’d all want to do. Really, how could pleasing people be bad? Aren’t we often told to please people when we’re at work anyway? “The customer always comes...
Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

Or How the Effects of Disbelieving Your Reality Actually Affect Your Brain. While I was married to my ex-husband, I couldn’t do basic math.  When a server returned with a credit card receipt for $15.91 and I had to calculate the addition of a $3.00 tip, I was at...

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