Do we all keep seeking Spice in our lives ?

Just switch on your television set, and scroll down to any news channel on the planet, it will for at least 15 minutes offer you one piece of BREAKING NEWS.

Often , most of this news is repetative, and makes no point, but most of us want that Spice. We want to learn about a new WAR, about new Tragedies, Murder, Gossip, & much more.

DO WE SEEK MORE & MORE SPICE IN OUR LIVES , & KEEP SEEKING FOR GOSSIP ALL THE TIME ?

I just log on to the internet and get the highlights of the daily news, because watching the news on television is like watching a set of hypnotists trying to brainwash you about a certain product, or a community or a whole country.

Still there are numerous news channels born each day , challenging to offer the most updated news, and the fastest news, well I am sure most of it is just made up news to sell the SPICE!

What are your comments and opinions about this ?

– Mustafa Mun

How Pressure and Stress Are Affecting Your Performance (via People-triggers)

An interesting Blog Post I found !

How Pressure and Stress Are Affecting Your Performance Some years ago, a Princeton psychologist named Sam Glucksberg brought a group of test subjects into a room. In the room was a table positioned against a wall. On the table was a book of matches, a box of thumbtacks, and a candle. "Your job," Glucksberg told his subjects, "is to attach the candle to the wall in such a way that when it's lit, the wax will not drip onto the table. I will be timing you, and I will use your results to establish averag … Read More

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Can Money BUY , HAPPYNESS !!

I was just pondering over a thought today that .. Well, money surely can buy happiness and its true in many circumstances, but not always, you need money for the basics alright, but its upto your material needs and desires to want more. The needs are always limited, its the wants that surpasses the needs.

One may recieve a certain salary, and he might be satisfied with it, while the other might be over satisfied with it, while one might not be satisfied at all.

So IS HAPPINESS , you own PERCEPTION ????

Well it truly is!

Money is needed for some of the best things in life, if you have enough and are willing to spend on your desires, you should go ahead and do it!

Some feel the need to buy expensive materialistic items with their money while the other might like to save , while some might like to give it in charity. It’s totally a person’s choice !

It’s all upto an individual, and his willingness to use Money , in his own way.

One thing I have observed that , people who Think they are Poor, are not exactly Poor. Well most of them , not all, have access to food, shelter and a daily income, while for the unfortunate rest, there are a lot of helping hands our there whom we do not know of, doing their little bit , trying to bridge the gap, & it’s a fact !

So it all boils down to one simple logic, that Happiness is just a state of perception, and money is just a flow of Energy (where energy is your labour involved in working at your workplace, to getting that salary, then using it to buy food, and then back to work) ,  to satisfy our materialistic needs.

I have found the image below really interesting, thought of sharing with all of you.

– Mustafa Mun

I feel lost, but It is normal.

I like any other human, feel lost & completely helpless at times and reach a point where I do not know what to do. At times there seems no hope for something and even dreaming about a certain thing seems useless. Every other human passes through this phase at least once I guess, maybe I am wrong.

I have passed through this phase a couple of times, and it has taught me a lot. I feel that loosing “hope” is not the answer , to a problem, last year in 2010 , I face tremendous problems, I had to make certain decisions which would affect my life drastically, and all my heart said that, this is one last lap, don’t give up.

Till the end of 2010, I faced issues which I cannot express , and then I came out of it , with dignity , and a lot more confidence to face the world.

Today I am happy that I acknowledge the fact that time & nature are the best teacher’s of mankind, and I am being acknowledged back, in its own way 🙂 .

Everything falls into place, its just that the “wait” makes you feel lost, patience is a virtue, and what comes in time, stays with you for long, so acknowledge the nature’s test, and face it with open arms. Be Brave, Be Positive !

Dont loose HOPE !

– Mustafa Mun

Knowing Me, Knowing You: How Social Intuition Goes Awry in Autism

At the end of Casablanca, when Humphrey Bogart finally tells Ingrid Bergman to get on the plane back to her husband, the young mother watching the afternoon TV movie sheds a tear. Instinctively, her two-year-old tries to comfort her by offering his teddy bear to her. Both the mother and child are displaying intuitive awareness of others’ mental states and emotions.

Social intuition comes naturally to most of us, but not all. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects around one in 500 individuals (although this figure appears to be on the rise and depends largely on how you define it). In general, autism can be thought of as a disorder with three major disabilities: a profound lack of social skills, poor communication and repetitive behaviors. It is regarded as a spectrum disorder because it covers a broad range and individuals vary in the extent to which they are affected. All those with the disorder share problems with social intuition, however.

Individuals with autism have a problem with socializing because they lack a repertoire of developmental social skills that enable humans to become expert mind readers. Not mind reading in the way Spock from Star Trek could do, but rather the capacity to infer what others are thinking in different circumstances. Over the course of early childhood typical youngsters increasingly become more sophisticated at understanding that other people have mental states that motivate their behavior. For example, if you leave your bag in the office, then I know that you believe it to be there even though the cleaner has handed it in to lost and found. I can understand you hold a false belief. This ability is called having a “theory of mind,” and it is a natural ability in typical children. By the time the average child is around four years old, he or she interprets other people as being goal-directed and purposeful and as having preferences, desires, beliefs and even misconceptions. Without this repertoire of social skills, a human is effectively mind blind—unable to understand what others are thinking and why they do the things they do.

Not only do typical children become intuitive mind readers, but they also become agony aunts as well. They begin to understand others’ sadness, joy, disappointment and jealousy as emotional correlates of the behaviors that make humans do the things they do. Again, by four years of age, children have become expert at working the social arena. They will copy, imitate, mimic and generally empathize with others, thereby signaling that they, too, are part of the social circles that we all must join to become members of the tribe. They share the same socially contagious behaviors of crying, yawning, smiling, laughing and pulling disgusted faces that signal they share the same emotional experiences of those around them.

Baffled by Behavior
No wonder individuals with autism find direct social interaction frightening. If you cannot figure out other people, then such interaction must be intensely baffling and stressful. They often do not like direct eye contact, do not prefer to look at faces compared with other things, do not copy, do not mimic, do not yawn when others yawn or retch when others retch, or laugh or join in with the rich tapestry of social signals we share as a species. This inability may be why individuals with autism generally withdraw into activities that do not involve other people.

The incidence of autism is higher in identical twins, who share nearly 100 percent of their genes, compared with fraternal twins, who share only 50 percent, which indicates that there is a genetic component to the disorder. Also, the greater incidence in males compared with females strongly implicates a biological basis. To date, tantalizing evidence exists based on brain-imaging studies that regions in the prefrontal cortex—most notably the frontoinsular and the anterior cingulate cortex, which are activated by social interaction in normal individuals—are relatively inactive in individuals with autism. Autopsy data also indicate that the frontoinsular and the anterior cingulate cortex structures are abnormal in autism disorder.

John Allman of the California Institute of Technology thinks that much of this social deficit may come down to a lack of a special class of spindle neurons, sometimes called Von Economo neurons after their discoverer, who made the observation in 1925. Spindle neurons consist of a very large bipolar neuron that is found only in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex and thought to provide the interconnection between brain regions that are activated by social learning. This location may explain why spindle neurons have been found solely in species that are particularly social, including all the great apes, elephants, and whales and ­dolphins.

Humans have the biggest population of spindle neurons located in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex areas—the same regions that may be disrupted in autism spectrum disorder. Spindle neurons are thought to work by keeping track of social experiences, leading to a rapid appreciation of similar situations in the future. They provide the basis of intuitive social learning when we watch and copy others. It may be no coincidence that the density of spindle neurons in these social regions increases from infancy to reach adult levels somewhere around the fourth birthday in typical children, the watershed when most child development experts agree that there is noticeable change in social intuition skills. This may also explain why individuals with autism, who have disrupted frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortical areas, have difficulty working out what the rest of us just know without having to think very much.

Source : http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=knowing-me-knowing-you

Misconceptions – the viral effect of our minds

We often make judgements about people very quickly, sometimes just on the first glance in milliseconds, or the first meet, this is due to our previous encounters with people who looked or behaved the same way, or at times just because we have heard or seen something about a particular person and respond to that.

Sometimes even after staying with a person for 20 years you still have misconception that were developed long ago and you end up living with that, people don’t agree that people evolve mentally over time.

Our brain cheats us in many ways by letting our subconscious take over and making us follow it.

We need to reason, and understand each moment and each person with openness and precisely evaluating them over time , as everybody is imperfect and that’s what leads to perfection eventually.

Misconceptions should be avoided as much as possible, and one needs to be as clear in their thoughts as possible about himself, others and the world, to have a balanced mental life.

– Mustafa Mun