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

Brainwashing is an outdated psychological concept, but narcissistic cult leaders can still exercise extreme influence over smart, sane, “regular” people.  You can protect yourself from cultic mind control techniques by learning the warning signs and asking the right questions.  Destructive cults use love-bombing, isolation, and phobia indoctrination to overwhelm cognition. …

Isolated kids become lonely, unsociable adults: Research suggests social isolation in childhood damages little-known brain circuit that is responsible for regulating social behavior in adulthood

A new study suggests that social isolation in childhood has a harmful impact on an area of the brain that regulates social behavior in adulthood. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai experimented with male mice to observe the effects of social isolation. They found that isolation…

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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