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How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm

Basically, as technology improves and life gets easier, individuals become “weaker”, thus more things become “threatening” as we have lost our ability to effectively internalize or wave off strife. Hence “trigger warnings”, “safe spaces”, and the dreaded “microaggression”.

A new paper explains how “concept creep” in the field of psychology has reshaped many aspects of modern society.

Source: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm – The Atlantic

Can Surfing Reprogram the Veteran’s Brain?

I often wax poetically about the romance of surfing, of waiting in relative solitude among the waves for a good swell. It’s waiting patiently for the next positive rush instead of–in this case–waiting anxiously for the next explosion. It’s a calming effect, like meditation or breathing exercises. Like flying, surfing changed my life, even though I don’t get much chance to practice it anymore. The experience is transcendental, and I’m sure these combat-fatigued vets will find some inner peace on the blue.

There’s no quick fix for post-traumatic stress disorder, but research has shown that surfing’s physicality and flow can give victims some relief and a way forward. The author hit the water with his close friend Brian, a former Navy SEAL whose service in Afghanistan beat up his body, tortured his mind, and pushed him into a zone where violence—against himself or others—seemed inevitable.

Source: Can Surfing Reprogram the Veteran’s Brain? | Outside Online

The surprising downsides of being clever

One possibility is that knowledge of your talents becomes something of a ball and chain. Indeed, during the 1990s, the surviving Termites were asked to look back at the events in their 80-year lifespan. Rather than basking in their successes, many reported that they had been plagued by the sense that they had somehow failed to live up to their youthful expectations.

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Why the Gettysburg Address Is Still a Great Case Study in Persuasion

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, a war that began on April 12, 1861. It was just a month after the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln. He had not won a majority vote – far from it. He’d only won about 40% of the popular vote, and some states didn’t even put him on the ballot. He only scraped a victory thanks to a very close four-way race. But despite this unlikely beginning during turbulent times, Lincoln went on to become one of the country’s most revered presidents, and one of its best orators. His best-known speech is, of course, the Gettysburg Address. It’s often studied for its rhetoric, and deservedly so – there are gems of psychological persuasion hidden throughout.

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Fear in the Cockpit – Issue 23: Dominoes – Nautilus

The human brain has been described as the most complicated thing in the universe. It is capable of breathtaking feats of intellectual prowess and stunning leaps of creativity. Yet it is also capable of utterly failing us when we need it most. In the throes of a life-or-death crisis, human beings have an innate tendency to panic. Instead of taking necessary action to save our lives, many of us do the wrong thing, or nothing at all. Why? How could evolution burden us with a faculty so evidently ill-suited to the business of survival? How could an expert pilot make a beginner’s mistake?

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Facebook use linked to depressive symptoms

Anecdotally, I can confirm this. Now, I have empiricism on my side!

The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what’s happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.

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How some of America’s most gifted kids wind up in prison

Twice exceptional and low income is a recipe for disaster.

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