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The right way to be introspective (yes, there’s a wrong way)

Obsessive navel-gazing can be satisfying, but the problem is, it can also be damaging. Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich suggests ways to escape the loop of rumination and learn how to move forward for real. Read more »

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is trying to find out the answers. Read more »

Gallery: The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” Read more »

Quote of the week:

“I started to notice how often I responded to stories of loss and struggle with stories of my own experiences. What all of these people needed was for me to hear them and acknowledge what they were going through. Instead, I forced them to listen to me. Sociologist Charles Derber describes this tendency as ‘conversational narcissism.’ Often subtle and unconscious, it’s the desire to take over a conversation, to do most of the talking, and to turn the focus of the exchange to yourself.”

Celeste Headlee, writer and radio host
ideas.ted.com: Why we should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel”

Featured images: Valery Lemay, Sacha Vega/iStock, Soonhee Moon.
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