social isolation

How to protect yourself from mind control techniques and cult recruitment (it’s not as far-fetched as you think)

The idea of brainwashing had a viral moment in the 1950s when the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) decided to wage psychological warfare against Communism. Project MKUltra secretly experimented with “mind control” techniques, dosing people with lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) without their consent. In fact, at one point the CIA…

Isolated kids become lonely, unsociable adults

Quick Summary A new study “A prefrontal-paraventricular thalamus circuit requires juvenile social experience to regulate adult sociability in mice” suggests that social isolation in childhood has a harmful impact on adult brain functioning and more specifically, in an area of the brain that’s responsible for regulating social behavior. In addition…

Boredom can be destructive—if you are bored at home, deepen your connections, remember your goals, rejuvenate an old hobby, and additional tips

Due to COVID-19, many of us are forced to stay at home for the foreseeable future either alone or with a couple friends or family members. In either case, we’re struggling with social distancing as we adjust to a new normal; feelings like anxiety and loneliness overwhelm us. Many of…

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