Exploring the Enneagram: Discover Your Superpower and Your Kryptonite

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Learn about the 9 different personality types of the enneagram, and identify your superpower, which is also your kryptonite. The job of every good superhero is to conquer evil in their universe, and the enneagram essentially helps individuals find and maintain order in their own personal universe through awareness. Dating back to the fourth century BC, the enneagram is an ancient personality type model — illustrated by a nine-pointed geometric figure to show nine types — and it’s the topic of several recently released books, podcasts and songs. So what’s all the buzz about? And what does it have to do with superheroes? Ian Morgan Cron, host of the popular podcast Typology, says people’s fascination with the human personality seems to be growing. In an interview for Crixeo, he tells me, “Frankly I think that a lot of people listen to things like Typology because they want to figure out their crazy mother or exotic        …read more

8 Happiness Secrets from the Countries That Mastered Happy

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Dan Buettner traveled to the world’s happiest places and brought back their delightful tips. Your level of happiness isn’t set in stone. So when Dan Buettner, author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, learned that there are entire countries where the average happiness level was skyrocketing (we’re looking at you, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland, according to the 2018 World Happiness Report), he decided to travel to them to discover their tricks. And remarkably, he realized that while Americans are not happy as a whole — we sadly (genuinely) ranked 18th, dropping four spots from last year — we can do better. Everyone is born with a predetermined happiness level that accounts for about 50% of their mood, says Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before and Happier at Home, and host of the podcast Happier. Another 10-20% of happiness has to do with your life circumstances, including        …read more

PTSD Awareness Day: Dispel the Myths and Break Down the Stigma

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For PTSD Awareness Day, June 27, we spoke to experts about the causes, symptoms and treatment of the illness that affects millions of people each year. We’ve all heard the platitude that “time heals all wounds,” but the 7.8% of Americans who experience PTSD at some point in their lives are painfully aware this isn’t always the case. The illness, which is characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, avoidance and hypervigilance, causes a significant disruption in day-to-day life and can become debilitating if untreated. PTSD is accompanied by myths and misconceptions. First, there’s the damaging myth that individuals with PTSD are a danger to others. “Largely because of media, especially movie depictions, and some high-profile cases of veterans who have been traumatized becoming violent, there’s this misconception that people with PTSD are violent or dangerous,” Dr. Steve Levine, board certified psychiatrist and founder and CEO of Actify Neurotherapies        …read more

The Circumcision Debate: A Brief History

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Routine circumcision of baby boys for nonreligious reasons is not common today in any country other than the U.S. On his eighth day of life, a newborn Jewish boy is taken to his family’s synagogue. His mother hands him to the kvatters, who place him in the Chair of Elijah for his bris. So begins the Jewish ritual of circumcision, which tradition says seals Abraham’s covenant with God as described in Genesis 17. A Muslim family teaches their sons that the Prophet Muhammad was born without a foreskin. To emulate the prophet, Muslim boys are circumcised, usually in a hospital, sometime before the age of 12. People of many cultures and religions, including Jews, Muslims, ancient Egyptians and tribal people around the world, have practiced male circumcision for centuries. No one knows for sure exactly when it started, but some historians say it may have begun as a puberty rite        …read more

The Many Faces of Yoga

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Celebrating the 4th annual International Day of Yoga through the eyes of 7 yogis. Sisters and brothers of the world, a special day is upon us: The International Day of Yoga, on June 21. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the holiday to the UNGA in 2014 as a way to encourage people of all countries to embrace the harmony that yoga offers. “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature,” Modi said in his proposal. This year marks the fourth celebration of this holiday, declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. It is fitting that Modi would request the summer solstice for this holiday: As the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, it contains more light than any other. Ask any yogi about their journey, and you will find a unifying theme:        …read more

Alzheimer’s Association Art Program Revives Lost Memories

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With the backing of the Alzheimer’s Association, an art program called Memories in the Making helps people paint their memories. Losing one’s memory through dementia — be it short-term or long-term — is an excruciating experience both for the sufferer and for their loved ones. Often, people who live with dementia because of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments don’t know how to interact or function in a world that no longer works easily for them. But the Alzheimer’s Association is combating the isolation and disempowerment of dementia through a program called Memories in the Making (MIM). Memories in the Making began in California over 20 years ago when art therapist Selly Jenny faced the dilemma of communicating with her own mother, who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jenny began using art to help communicate with her mother, and the program quickly grew with the backing of the Alzheimer’s Association.        …read more

11 Spa Treatments to Heal Whatever’s Hurting You

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There’s a whole world of spa treatments designed to cure colds, depression, stress, wrinkles and more. Instead of tea, tissues, and chicken noodle soup when you’ve got a cold, how would you like a spa treatment? Or if you’re carrying around emotional baggage, try curing it the way our ancestors have been doing it for generations: with a specific tree used in a spa treatment. There are some super-cool (literally) spa treatments available today, which are said to do everything from easing muscle pain, to zapping evil spirits, to helping with depression. Select your ailment, and then book your treatment. 1. To Reduce Inflammation: Cryotherapy Strip down to your underwear while standing in an odd contraption that works like a freezer, getting down to about -250 F (yes, that would be colder than Mars but, no, you won’t get frostbite). The point of forking over about $50 for the three-minute        …read more

This Sex Podcast Could Bridge an American Divide

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Sex podcasts are demystifying one of America’s favorite pastimes. A man who’s married to a RealDoll. A trans performer who’s fearful for her future. A former United States Surgeon General who was fired for suggesting Americans teach children about masturbation. These people couldn’t seem more different, but their stories can help us reexamine the way we view sex in the United States, which is exactly what sex podcasts such as American Sex aim to do. He’s into clown play, and she fancies mimes. Much like their guests, one might not imagine American Sex creators and hosts Sunny Megatron and Ken Melvoin-Berg to fit into a traditional love story narrative. Yet, somehow, the sexuality educators have found a way not only to make their relationship work but to also inspire their listeners each week. Though they’re perhaps best known for their work on the Showtime series Sex with Sunny Megatron, the        …read more

Autoimmune Diseases: Why Millions Go Undiagnosed​ & What to Do about It

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Autoimmune diseases are more common than you think, but they’re misunderstood in the medical community. In early 2013 I became chronically exhausted for no apparent reason. I began going to bed right after work and sleeping through the weekends, but my fatigue only worsened. Next came the unexplained fevers and rashes, the extreme dizziness when I was exposed to sunlight, and the joint and muscle pain that was so severe it sometimes left me in tears. I explained my symptoms to my primary care doctor and told her about the lengthy history of autoimmune disease in my family. After running the most basic blood work possible, she told me I was physically fine, my symptoms were likely due to “stress and anxiety,” and sent me on my way. I spent the next four years going through the exact same process with four different doctors in New York and Seattle. By        …read more

Should Science Edit out Genetic Disorders?

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Is a new scientific breakthrough in the treatment of genetic disorders tantamount to eugenics? Some people claim it is. Scientists have successfully modified the DNA of a human embryo to erase a genetic and lethal heart condition. The experiment, published August 2 in the journal Nature, used a tool known as CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, and was the first to successfully “correct” a gene mutation in human embryos. Reactions to this news range from excitement to horror. Soon we could have the technology to help parents who carry genes for genetic disorders to conceive children free of those traits. But should we? Some of the strongest opposition to CRISPR has come from people with genetic disorders themselves. Far from hoping for a path to prevent their children from inheriting pathogenic genes, some people with genetic conditions fear science may soon “wipe out” people like them. They        …read more