Weekly choice, by peers

10 Most Popular Psychology Articles from 2013

It’s been another fascinating year for the science of the mind.

http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/08/what-caffeine-really-does-to-your-brain.php

http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/07/10-easy-activities-science-has-proven-will-make-you-happier-today.php

http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/05/the-anchoring-effect-how-the-mind-is-biased-by-first-impressions.php

For the rest, we invite you to check:

http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/12/10-most-popular-psychology-articles-from-2013.php

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5 Tips to Help You Stop Limiting Your Potential

“His story was amazing. He spoke many times of taking risks and breaking barriers. He fought his inner demons as he struggled his way to a new life. He also had to resist negativity from some family members about starting his own business. (…) I learned from him that it is actually we who sometimes stop ourselves from reaching our full potential by not challenging ourselves. I was no exception; I realized that I too had been stopping myself from growing because of my own inhibitions.(…) I would like to share with you a few things I learned when I met my new friend; these may help you unleash your own potential.”

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-tips-help-you-stop-limiting-your-potential/

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Odd Facts About Kissing

“Mucus membranes inside the mouth are permeable to hormones such as testosterone. Through open-mouth kissing, men introduced testosterone into a woman’s mouth. Testosterone is absorbed through the mucus membranes in the woman’s mouth and increases arousal and the likelihood that she will engage in reproductive behavior.”

For more interesting facts:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/let-their-words-do-the-talking/201212/odd-facts-about-kissing

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Two Roads to Orgasm

There’s a reason couples therapy often doesn’t work for sexual problems.

“What’s often called for is some fearless questioning about really goes on during lovemaking. The actual who-does-what-to-whom, and how-does-it-really-make-you-feel.

orgasmThe reason all these couples found sex boring because it was boring.  And in each case, the most boring part by far was his dutiful attempt to give her an orgasm, despite the fact that neither of them was very turned on. (…) The intensity of orgasm is more or less dependent on the intensity of arousal that precedes it. Great arousal leads to great orgasms.  High arousal—the high road—doesn’t have orgasm as a goal at all. Approached from the high road, orgasm is just an afterthought, like dessert at the end of a memorable meal. (…) Sometimes orgasm can be a sort of giving up—“Well, I’m not going to get much more excited than I am right now, so let’s have an orgasm and get to sleep.” Most bad sex leads to low-road orgasms. Low-road orgasms can serve to relieve anxiety or get you to sleep, or momentarily quell unwanted sexual thoughts. But I encourage people not to take the low road too much. Better, if you can, just to skip dessert.

If it feels like you’re not even close to orgasm, then don’t push it. If it’s going to feel like work to get dessert, then don’t do it. Sex should never feel like work. Better just to skip dessert.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sexualitytoday/201401/two-roads-orgasm

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Person of the week!

Marina Abramovic, The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramovic , (born November 30, 1946.) is a New York based performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s.  Active for over four decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Both of her parents were Partisans during the Second World War: her father Vojo was a commander who was acclaimed as a national hero after the War; her mother Danica was a major in the army and, in the 1960s, Director of the Museum of the Revolution and Art in Belgrade.

artist-is-present-gallery-pic

Abramovic’s father left the family in 1964. In an interview published in 1998, Abramović described how her “mother took complete military-style control of me and my brother. I was not allowed to leave the house after 10 o’clock at night untill I was 29 years old. All the performances in Yugoslavia I did before 10 o’clock in the evening because I had to be home then. It’s completely insane, but all of my cutting myself, whipping myself, burning myself, almost losing my life in the firestar, everything was done before 10 in the evening.”

In 1976, after moving to Amsterdam, Abramović met the West German performance artist Uwe Laysiepen, who went by the single name Ulay. When Abramović and Ulay began their collaboration, the main concepts they explored were the ego and artistic identity.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0Tg0IjCp4

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Art of The Week! ”The Time clipping Cupid’s wings”

pierre mignard

This masterpiece named “The Time clipping Cupid’s wings”,  was born under sophisticated and artful painting brush of one of the  most successful painters of the reign of Louis XIV, Pierre Mignard (1612- 1695). He was a painter in the classical French Baroque manner, known primarily for his court portraits. Among his models were Turenne, Molière, Bossuet, Maintenon (in the Louvre), La Vallière, Sévigné, Montespan, Descartes (in Castle Howard).

Metaphors have descriptive, literal meaning.  We see old man covered with dark blue robe and hourglass on the ground, and like their “opponent”, Cupid, trapped in the destructive influence of Time, recognized in cutting his bird-like wings. He doesn’t seem afraid, more bitter and angry, and inner power is lighting from his eyes, knowing that Love that he is symbolizing cannot be harmed, Love like an eternal thing, mover of every human being, no matter towards whom or what we feel it.

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