psychology


illusion

The phenomenon of the “end-of-history” illusion 1

With age we personally grow and develop a mature and stable personality. In this context many might think of the simple example of tattoos. Better not get one when you are sixteen, because you will most likely regret it later. So better wait until you are a proper grown-up with […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]


Where to share your secret

Creating them, living with them, dying with them: Keeping secrets is hard. Especially in a transitory time where the sacral institution of religious confession undergoes steady erosion, while therapeutic confession has not yet been cured from the social stigma it carries. Artwork by Itsmi All those orphan stories that people host […]


All You Know about Motivation is Wrong

Motivation – an abstract noun that seems to have become the key word of the 21st century. Motivational speaking, motivational coaching and motivational teaching are some of the most profitable jobs of our days. And it’s only natural. We are living on fast forward and in order to comply with […]


lucid dreaming

The Dream of your dreams:
Lucid Dreaming 101

Some of us fear their dreams, some of us embrace their dreams, and some of us even believe our dreams have a deeper meaning. And then, there are those of us who refuse to be bystanders of their own dreams, but learn to master them instead. Lucid dreaming is actually […]


“Felt Meaning” in VR

In real life, I hate roller coasters because they always give me a headache. But, at the last VR Vienna Meetup, I chose the roller coaster simulation. It was only virtual reality, so how bad could it be, right? In hindsight, this was a very bad decision. My virtual ride took less than […]


Time well spent

The psychology behind your smartphone

Have you ever flipped through the pages of your phone’s home screen without even knowing what it was you had been looking for? Have you ever checked the time out of sheer boredom, forgetting it the very second you checked it? Have you ever refreshed your mail just to refresh it once again a few […]


Coffee House Readings #3: Flow

“Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” Flow is not […]


The show must go on!

A lot of people are familiar with the booming novel called “Eat, Pray, Love”, written by Elizabeth Gilbert – an American author, novelist and essay writer, who had her break-through with that novel. The book was also made into a film by the same name. Nevertheless, her huge break also […]