Thinking of Inking? (Inforgraphic)

Because we just can’t decide where to put those pretty butterflies.

This infographic published by The Washington Post gives you some brief ideas.

Thinking of inking_ A guide to tattoos - The Washington Post

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The Brain of a Serial Killer (Infographic)

The Brain of a Serial Killer

What makes people kill?

Every day there are news reports of gruesome murders that cause most of us to cringe. We’re fascinated but repulsed. It seems these serial killers share the same fascination without the repulsion. According to today’s infographic, they might just be wired that way. An abnormal chromosome is all it takes to distinguish a serial murderer from a regular person. They find a kind of release in killing, instead of remorse.

Sociopaths are particularly interesting killers. They have no regard for others and have no actual feelings of empathy for people, yet they can come across as deceivingly charming, seductive, and charismatic.

And according to today’s infographic, many serial killers experience abuse as a child. They also feel that they’ve “never developed a sense of attachment and belonging to the world,” which brings up the subject of nature vs. nurture. These killers may be genetically disposed from birth to eventually become killers, but when coupled with abuse from an early age, the abuse could have been the tipping point that made them kill. If they hadn’t been abused, could this abnormal chromosome and it’s associated characteristics manifested itself in a different way?

Check out today’s infographic for a look inside the mind of a serial murderer.

Most likely the people who internally feel a “darkness” within them, but their family and peers keep them grounded through hard times.

A serial killer is defined as a person who murders three or more persons in at least three separate events with a “cooling off” period between kills.

Patterns of Serial Killers

– Serial killers generally have a cycle during which they kill
– They most often kill during periods of stress
– After killing, they feel temporarily relieved of the pressure to kill
– A study of a group of 50 serial killers shows that the majority experienced abuse as children
– Breakdown of the reported abuse
– Some type of maltreatment, regardless of type – 68%
– Physical abuse – 36%
– Sexual abuse – 26%
– Psychological abuse 50%
– Neglect – 18%
– No abuse – 32%
– Studies show that child abuse is more prevalent among serial killers than in society in general
– Motivation for killing is varied, but often fall into these categories
– – Obtaining money
– – Experiencing the thrill
– – A sense of power
– – A desire to rid the world of evil doers

The Makings of Serial Killer

Findings of Dr. Helen Morrison

– Dr. Helen Morrison has studied serial killers and has interviewed 135 in total
– Morrison says that, regardless of how different their lives may be, serial killers have shocking similarities
– Morrison’s research suggests that a chromosome abnormality is the most likely trigger
– Chromosome abnormality begins to express itself during puberty
– Serial killers (mostly men) begin to display their homicidal tendencies during puberty
– Studies show that serial killers never develop a sense of attachment and belonging to the world
– This lack of development means serial killers don’t empathize with their victims
– They do not develop emotional attachment to their victims which allows them to “experiment” on them

Findings of Jim Fallon

– Neuroscientist, Jim Fallon, has studied the brains of psychopaths for over 20 years
– Fallon recently discovered he has a whole lineage of murderers in his ancestry
– He set out to determine how the brain of a serial killer is different from other brains
– He scanned his own brain and compared it to brain scans of psychopaths
– He also compared his brain to his son’s, which showed normal orbital cortex activity
– Results showed that he had the same low orbital cortex activity as a serial killer

Fallon’s discoveries

– The orbital cortex is the area that is believed to be involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control
– People with low orbital cortex activity are either free-wheeling types or sociopaths (according to Fallon)
– The orbital cortex helps control the amygdala part of the brain, involved with aggression and appetites
– Low activity of the orbital cortex means less normal suppression of behaviors such as rage, violence, eating, sex and drinking
– Fallon’s research indicates that some people’s brains are predisposed toward violence
– Psychopathic tendencies may be passed down from one generation to another
– In addition to brain scans, Fallon also tested DNA of his family for genes associate with violence
– His research led to zeroing in on the MAO-A gene (monoamine oxidase A)
– – also known as the “warrior gene”
– – this gene regulates serotonin in the brain
– – Serotonin affects your mood (a bit like Prozac)
– – Many researches believe that a certain version of the “warrior gene” won’t respond to the calming effects of serotonin
– Scientists believe that the makings of a psychopath require three ingredients
– – Genetic makeup Brain patterns Abuse or violence in one’s childhood
– Fallon’s research has led him to change his thinking on nature vs. nurture
– He once believed that genes and brain function could determine everything
– He now thinks childhood experiences could be making all the difference

Fallon’s brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control. The normal scan on the left is his son’s.

Serial Killer Frequency by Decade

(Decade of First Kill)
– Decade – US – International – Total
– 1900 – 27 – 11 – 38
– 1910 – 35 – 15 – 50
– 1920 – 29 – 28 – 57
– 1930 – 29 – 19 – 48
– 1940 – 27 – 37 – 64
– 1950 – 41 – 33 – 74
– 1960 – 146 – 56 – 202
– 1970 – 410 – 119 – 529
– 1980 – 549 – 160 – 709
– 1990 – 452 – 229 – 681
– 2000 – 245 – 167 – 412
– 2010 – 38 – 21 – 59

U.S. Serial Killers

Percentage by Race and Decade
– Decade – White – Black – Hispanic – Asian – Native American
– 1900 – 59.3 – 33.3 – 7.4 – 0.0 – 0.0
– 1910 – 45.7 – 54.3 – 0.0 – 0.0 – 0.0
– 1920 – 72.4 – 27.6 – 0.0 – 0.0 – 0.0
– 1930 – 55.2 – 44.8 – 0.0 – 0.0 – 0.0
– 1940 – 63.0 – 29.6 – 3.7 – 0.0 – 3.7
– 1950 – 80.5 – 19.5 – 0.0 – 0.0 – 0.0
– 1960 – 69.0 – 28.3 – 0.7 – 0.0 – 2.1
– 1970 – 62.6 – 33.0 – 3.4 – 0.5 – 0.5
– 1980 – 54.6 – 36.1 – 7.1 – 0.5 – 1.6
– 1990 – 43.5 – 49.7 – 5.5 – 1.3 – 0.0
– 2000 – 31.4 – 61.2 – 6.1 – 0.8 – 0.4
– 2010 – 34.2 – 57.9 – 7.9 – 0.0 – 0.0
– TOTAL- 52.4 – 41.2 – 4.9 – 0.6 – 0.8

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How To Make Smoothie Awesome

As a smoothie addict, thought I’d enable some other people with this infographic

Calling bullshit on #4. It’s going to add extra calories, it’s just not going to be many.

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Aphantasia: Our Memories of Love

Turn around the corner and you can’t remember what your girlfriend looks like. Get the picture?

Lose a loved one and you forget their face forever. This is what life is for me – a  person with aphantasia. I can’t remember clearly how my beloved great-grandmother looks like even though the last time I saw her was really not that long ago. Nor can I remember my mother’s face.

Aphantasia is a neurological condition that blocks the production of images and memories in the mind. To put it in simple terms, people with aphantasia are generally unable to picture people or places when they read a book. It’s a scientific condition which affects a small portion of people in the world, according to a study by the University of Exeter. According to Dr Adam Zeman, the long-ignored condition needs further study in order to improve the quality of life of the men and women with aphantasia, many of whom Dr Zeman has met in person, such as one who can’t even remember smells, tastes and moments spent with his girlfriend and friends.

Thankfully, in today’s tech-savvy world, while I’m unable to visualize my boyfriend’s face in my mind despite seeing him just a moment ago, there are many forms of external memory options such as photographs and videos. Sometimes, when I look at a photograph of my boyfriend, it takes me almost immediately to know that that’s him, but at the same time….that doesn’t seem to be what I remember him looking like.

My boyfriend is hyperphantasic

He can imagine me doing funny stuffs with his eyes closed or opened. Or that I’ve turned into a cat, with an eagle perched on my head.

I find that pretty amazing, especially when he can visualize clearly and describe to me how my mother looks like (despite the fact that he’s only met her a couple of times), and I can’t. Yes, I can’t describe to you how my mother looks like.

Yup, it’s sad.

I do envy him to a certain point but that being said, I can imagine sounds, tastes and sensations very clearly. In fact, I can be better than him in certain aspects such as remembering voices, tones, words and situations. (Hah!)

Yes, as aphantasiacs we may not be able to do many of those things, but thanks to that we don’t get stuck reliving traumatic memories in detail. We also tend to not focus on appearance as much as content. It is really just a neurological difference, with no inherent moral connotation to it, nor is it a personality trait.  It has its advantages and disadvantages. But it really isn’t such a bad thing.

How To Control Your Dreams (Infographic)

Although the majority of people dream every night, not all those dreams will be in colour, and not everyone remembers their dreams upon waking. A small minority again can be classed as lucid dreams. BedroomWorld gives you a little more information on this amazing subject.

The Daytime Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

Study finds cognitive benefits for those who realise they are in a dream while dreaming.

People who realise they are in a dream while they are dreaming — a lucid dream — have better problem-solving abilities, new research finds.

This may be because the ability to step outside a dream after noticing it doesn’t make sense reflects a higher level of insight.

Around 82% of people are thought to have experienced a lucid dream in their life, while the number experiencing a lucid dream at least once a month may be as high as 37%.

Flash of insight

The study, published in the journal Dreaming, recruited participants into three groups (Bourke & Shaw, 2014):

  • Frequent lucid dreamers: those who experienced a lucid dream more than once a month.
  • Occasional lucid dreamers: those who had had a lucid dream at least once in their lives.
  • Non-lucid dreamers: those who had never experienced a lucid dream.

All the participants were given a test of problem-solving which required a flash of insight.

Each problem was made up of three words which led to another word or phrase.

For example, one problem gives you the words ‘mile’, ‘sand’ and ‘age’.

What other single word can be combined with all three to create three new words or phrases?

Got it?

Give up?

The answer is ‘stone’, which can be combined with the three words to produce ‘milestone’, ‘sandstone’ and ‘Stone Age’.

The results showed that in comparison to those who had never had a lucid dream, the frequent lucid dreamers solved 25% more of these insight problems.

Dr Patrick Bourke, who led the study, said:

“It is believed that for dreamers to become lucid while asleep, they must see past the overwhelming reality of their dream state, and recognise that they are dreaming.

The same cognitive ability was found to be demonstrated while awake by a person’s ability to think in a different way when it comes to solving problems.”

Lucid dreaming and solving insight problems may tap into similar cognitive abilities, the authors suggest:

“‘Insight’ can be seen to be related to other demonstrated cognitive correlates of lucidity in dreaming.

The tendency towards ‘field independence’ for example allows people to ‘step back’ from perceived reality, reflect on it and evaluate the perceptual evidence.

For the insight that leads to lucidity, people also seem able to step-back from the obvious interpretation and consider a remote and at the time implausible option – that it is all a dream.” (Bourke & Shaw, 2014)

How to start lucid dreaming

If you’d like to increase the chances you’ll catch yourself dreaming while asleep, here are three tips:

  • During the day, repeatedly ask yourself if you’re dreaming.
  • When you’re asleep, try to identify any signs or events that would be weird in real life. As you know, dreams are usually chock full of them.
  • Keep a dream journal to help you focus on your dreams. Write down whatever you can remember when you wake up.

Sweet dreams!

How To Control Your Dreams

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What are the Chances? A Somewhat Surprising Infographic

There’s a higher chance of you winning an Academy Award than winning $1000 in the Mcdonald’s Monopoly game.

What are the chances of you winning the lotto, getting cancer or dying in a plane crash, among many other crazy things? Each pixel represents your chances. This surprising infographic by Online Blackjack tells you just that.

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The Value of Thanking Your Employees (Inforgraphic)

Awards, recognition and praise might just be the single most cost effective way to maintain a happy productive workforce.

— Wall Street Journal

Motivating your employees can be the key to keeping your employees productive. But what’s the simplest, most cost effective way that every company – big or small – can start with?

In this simple infographic by Globoforce, you will see that appreciation and recognition can actually be major drivers of employee job satisfaction and happiness – even more important than an increase in pay or cash bonus. Keep them motivated and productive. Show your employees you care about them. And keep them happy, motivated, productive – and most importantly, loyal. :)

These are some of the key highlights of this infographic:

  • 78% of people would work harder in their jobs if they were recognized.
  • 60% of those who don’t feel appreciated are looking for a job. (Yikes!)
  • 80% of those feel appreciated are staying put.
  • Study after study shows that engaged employees are more productive employees, and high employee engagement is linked to better business results and more shareholder value.

Scroll down and read more in this interesting infographic on “The Value of Thanking Your Employees” ↓↓↓

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How Major Companies Motivate Their Employees (Infographic)

Psst… What’s in your package?

Motivating your employees can be the key to keeping your employees productive. But motivating them can be a real challenge; not only is it hard to know exactly what will make your employees happy but you have to decide which of their wishes you can realize. As their employer, you need to find the line between achieving the desires of your employees and keeping them productive in maintaining and growing your business.

You don’t need to build a climbable tree house like Mind Candy did for their employees, but finding out some ways to show your employees you care about them can be a good start. In this infographic by Next Generation Recruitment we take a look at the various perks offered by some of the biggest global companies – including Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Paddy Power, Diageo, Proctor and Gamble and Dropbox – to keep their employees happy, productive – and most importantly, loyal. :)

These are some of the summarized highlights on their study on motivating employees:

  • 57% of candidates say a company’s reputation as a great place to work is the most important consideration for a new job.
  • 7 out of 10 rated companies in Glassdoor’s 2014 Employees’ Choice Awards were tech companies.
  • Top 3 improvements that convince non-digital workers to change employers: opportunities for advancement, leadership from senior management and benefits and compensation.

Scroll down and read more in this interesting infographic on “How Major Companies Motivate Their Employees”  to get more useful advises. ↓↓↓

How Major Companies Motivate Their Employees

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Lost in life? Fret not. (Infographic)

Yup.

If you’re lost in life at this moment, don’t hog over it. But that doesn’t mean that you should just wait till you hit 30 and wait for a change of luck. Many a times it really depends on hard work and how far you’re willing to push yourself (for the better) to try new things and gain more experience.
Times are different now; experiences (and ideas) can be more important than the level of education that you hold. Even if you’re just a waitress or a jobless house husband.

This infographic (below) by Funders and Founders gives you a brief view on what some of the successful people, that we know of, were doing before they even became successful.

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What Type of Procrastinator Are You? (Infographic)

Do it. Just do it.
Don’t let your dreams be dreams. No, what are you waiting for?
Do it! Just do it!
Yes you can.
Just do it.

“Yesterday, you said tomorrow.”
— Shia LaBeouf

If deadlines are always out of reach, your work is full of errors, and it is common for you to have no new progress, you might have a problem. Your career success is often dependent on your attitude, on how prudent you are at your tasks and on your ability to ward off procrastination.

Of course you know you procrastinate, but the pressing question here is, can you fix it? Here’s a cool infographic by parcelhero that will help determine the type of procrastinator you are. Once you have identified yourself as belonging to any of the groups – be it daredevil, self-saboteur, ostrich, chicken or perfectionist – get the tips you need to better cope with your work and time.

If you’re a mixture of all the groups or you were procrastinating on whether to read this infographic, here are some of the summarized tips that are useful for everyone:

  • Get organised: Set yourself tighter deadlines and use the adrenaline rush productively while managing your team – self-regulate with penalties for not meeting these targets.
  • Plan for obstacles: List potential obstacles to getting things done ahead of time, and plan countermeasures, e.g., “Whenever I check Facebook, I take a short break.”
  • Self-talk confidently: Notice that you are talking to yourself when procrastinating. Think positively – instead of “I can’t”, say “I will”.
  • Swiss-cheese the big tasks: Handle the biggest tasks first by breaking them down into smaller manageable ones. Devote small amounts of time and achieve as much as you can in each to boost your momentum.
  • Keep it real: Set yourself reasonable targets that you know you can manage and do your best to meet them. Perfection is impossible, but you can learn from mistakes.

What Type Of Procrastinator Are You

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