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Did You Know {195} ~ Neuroscientists Say Love Is As Strong As Illegal Drugs

When you fall in love, the same part of your brain is simulated as when you take mind-altering substances like oxycodone and cocaine. Your serotonin levels increase, raising confidence; your dopamine levels increase, enhancing pleasure; and your norepinephrine levels increase, boosting energy.

But the real change that makes you feel like “love is a drug” happens in the reward circuit: the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. The reward circuit controls “risk versus reward” behavior. Basically, when you fall in love—or take mind-altering substances—the receptors in the “reward” part of your brain fire on overdrive.

Psychology Phenomena {56} ~ The Sleeper Effect

When people are exposed normally to a persuasive message (such as an engaging or persuasive television advertisement), their attitudes toward the advocacy of the message display a significant increase.

Over time, however, their newly formed attitudes seem to gravitate back toward the opinion held prior to receiving the message, almost as if they were never exposed to the communication. This pattern of normal decay in attitudes has been documented as the most frequently observed longitudinal pattern of persuasion research (Eagly & Chaiken, 1993).

In contrast, some messages are often accompanied with a discounting cue (e.g., a message disclaimer, a low-credibility source) that would arouse a recipient’s suspicion of the validity of the message and suppress any attitude change that might occur by exposure to the message alone. Furthermore, when people are exposed to a persuasive message followed by a discounting cue, people tend to be more persuaded over time; this is referred to as the sleeper effect (Hovland & Weiss, 1951; Cook & Flay, 1978).

For example, in political campaigns during important elections, undecided voters often see negative advertisements about a party or candidate for office. At the end of the advertisement, they also might notice that the opposing candidate paid for the advertisement. Presumably, this would make voters question the truthfulness of the advertisement, and consequently, they may not be persuaded initially. However, even though the source of the advertisement lacked credibility, voters will be more likely to be persuaded later (and ultimately, vote against the candidate disfavored by the advertisement).

This pattern of attitude change has puzzled social psychologists for nearly half a century, primarily due to its counter-intuitive nature and for its potential to aid in understanding attitude processes (Eagly & Chaiken, 1993). It has been a very widely studied phenomenon of persuasion research (Kumkale & Albarracín, 2004; see also Cook & Flay, 1978). Despite a long history, the sleeper effect has been notoriously difficult to obtain or to replicate, with the exception of a pair of studies by Gruder et al. (1978).

Did You Know {192} ~ Male Puppies Let Female Puppies Win Play Fights

Chivalry isn’t dead, at least not in the canine world. Male puppies will pretend to be more vulnerable and allow female puppies to win in an effort to keep the game going longer, so they can get closer to the female. And yes, same-sex play has been studied: when female puppies play with only female puppies, or male puppies play with only male puppies, everyone plays to win. It’s only in male-female “fights” that a pup purposefully throws the match.

Architecture {5} ~ Asian & Islamic Architecture

Asian architectural developments occurred along very different lines to its European and North African counterparts. The religious precepts of Hinduism and, in turn, Buddhism gave way to buildings that, beginning around 300 BCE, attempted to express both the macrocosm (the universal, the infinite) and the microcosm (the immediacy of experience): the result being something akin to a sense of oneness with the natural surroundings.

Islamic architecture
By the 7th Century CE (or AD in Dionysian terms), the development of Islamic architecture demonstrated influence from both ancient Middle Eastern and Byzantine architecture and stretched, in line with the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, from Turkey to North Africa, India, Spain and the Balkans.

Its characteristics include minarets, muqarnas, arabesque and what are tellingly known as onion domes (which, though they originate in Islamic architecture, are actually more commonly associated with Russian architecture).

Did You Know {188} ~ High Heels Were Orgininally Worn By Men

In the 10th century, men in Europe adopted the now-gendered fashion choice of heels to make it easier to ride their horses: Adding heels to their boots made it easier to stay in their stirrups. As Slate explains, “The Persian cavalry wore inch-high heels, and the trend spread to Europe. Since they showed that the wearer owned and maintained horses, high heels became associated with the upper class.

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {8} ~ How To Activate Angels With Your Words

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our tenth topic is focused on «Angels». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. ~ Psalm 103:20 [NASB]

The Word of God is the will of God, but the Word must be given a voice. The scriptures tell us that the Angels of God respond accordingly to the voice of His Word. God has given us His Word and He has given us a voice to decree it into the atmosphere that surrounds our lives on a daily basis. 

You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways. ~ Job 22:28 [NASB]

When you speak God’s Word with the direct intention to activate Angels, you begin to engage with the heavenly realm for the purposes of God to be accomplished in the earth. No matter what type of situation you may deal with, God has a Word and an Angel ready for you!

Angels of Boldness 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand ~ Isaiah 41:10 [NIV]

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? ~ Hebrews 13:6 [NIV]

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 [NIV]

Angels of Deliverance

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. ~ Psalm 32:7 [NIV]

He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. ~ Psalm 103:4 [NLT]

…..those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. ~ Isaiah 35:10 [NIV]

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 [NIV]

Angels of Favor

The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. ~ Deuteronomy 28:8 [NIV]

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield. ~ Psalm 5:12 [NIV]

Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms. ~ Psalm 68:19 [NLT]

Reference : The Word to Activate Angels with Joshua Mills 

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

Symbols {187} ~ Caskets

Caskets, or coffins, are used in some cultures as a place to put a body before burial. Caskets symbolize death, but they also have different symbolic meanings. In Ancient Greece, large clay pots called Pithoi were used to represent the womb the dead would be reborn from. In Ancient Egypt, The sarcophagus was a symbol of rebirth and often had the goddess Nut painted on the inside of the lid to embrace the dead on their journey toward their new life.

In the Hindu culture, the casket is a symbol of the Self. In the Atharva-Veda, the casket is a symbol of the Self, the inner void that surrounds and protects from all aggression.

In Christianity, caskets represent eternal life. They are the structure that holds a person on their way to being reborn in eternal life. Different casket types hold different meanings. An oak casket symbolizes a full, long life. A pine casket represents luck and good fortune. A maple casket represents generosity and sweetness, and a mahogany casket represents security and safety.