Radical Acceptance

Linehan (1993) makes the following five fundamental points regarding “radical acceptance”: Acceptance is acknowledgment of what is. Acceptance is non-judgmental, not a matter of deeming something good or okay. Freedom from suffering requires accepting...

Cognition and Emotion Part 2

Here is more (part 1) related to Jon Haidt’s book on the analogy of the rider (cognition) and the horse (emotion): The point of these studies is that moral judgment is like aesthetic judgment. When you see a painting, you usually know instantly and automatically...

Cognition and Emotion

Below is an analogy Jon Haidt uses in his book The Happiness Hypothesis to describe the relationship between our higher order cognition (the rider in his analogy) and emotion (the horse). He goes on to discuss how we feel that we are in control of the horse (or our...

OCD, Thought-Action Fusion, and 9/11

Here is an excerpt describing a case study of a boy who thought that missing his ritual caused the 9/11 attacks. These ideas of thoughts causing catastrophic results is commonly known as thought action fusion. Researchers in London have documented the case of a...

Conspicuous Consumption

Here is an excerpt from the Mind Hacks blog discussing a recent article about differences in showing off wealth: The Atlantic magazine has an interesting article on how conspicuous consumption – the practice of showing off luxury goods – differs across...