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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

As mentioned in Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?, with looking at the possibility of calmness during stress and trauma, you only have to look at the situation with rape victims ...
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Does the brain have a 'debugging mode'?

Short answer: Not a debugger, but possibly a control flow override. Long answer: This is a common fallacy known as the introspection illusion: The introspection illusion is a cognitive bias in ...
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What degree of control do we have on eye movements?

Short answer We have a lot of control over our eye movements, including saccades. We can suppress saccades and make an anti-saccade instead. So can monkeys, our close cousins. Children have a lot more ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

In general, rationalization is: ... a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true ...
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Is there any direct or indirect empirical support for the effectiveness of Mel Robbins' five second rule?

I'm having a difficult time finding anything on suppression aside from various bits on the white bears experiment you noted. Of particular note is this study, I suppress, therefore I smoke detailing ...
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Do most people want to murder?

[Just addressing your title question:] supposedly so, but there isn't a lot of data on this. One of David Buss' students has this in his PhD thesis: participants from the Austin community ...
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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

[H]ow does one reliably reach this state "on-demand" and how does one maintain it during the endurance of significant nociceptive pain? It seems that activating the gamma wave on-demand is the key to ...
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Taking Control of Your Dream

The term for this phenomenon is "lucid dreaming". It is common to have some lucid dreaming experiences, but different people have different occurrence rates of lucid vs non-lucid dreams, and the level ...
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Phrase used by jordan peterson about "revealing"

Re-reading the whole quote and not just the first 3 sentences there does seem to be some ramblings which need citations to back his claims. The crux of your question: I am puzzled [with] what he ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

Being the mother of 2 teenage daughters, I'm going with... Self-deception https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-deception
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What is the term for doing things or behaviors that contrast to what you really feel?

Is there a term for that? The closest term I can think of relevant to psychology is the Freudian concept of reaction formation the classic example being the gay homophobe
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Does the brain have a 'debugging mode'?

Some types of meditation (when successful) can bring about states that can certainly be used for debugging purposes. One of the key factors is the ability to relax enough while maintaining sufficient ...
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Do introverts engage in too much self-control or do they lack impulsivity?

This may not be a perfect answer to your question but it should be of help. Essentially, I think that research on personality suggests that self control (and thus a lack of impulsivity) may be part of ...
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Beyond CBT and MBI, what are effective behavioral interventions for modern lifestyle addictions during their engagement?

Alas there's not much in the way of interventions that can curb impulsivity on the spot. Quoting from a somewhat dated but widely cited review, Moeller et al., 2001: Of the operant therapies used ...
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Can the mind be trained to equanimously observe compulsive urges/cravings (without giving in / acting out)?

According to the article "Brief meditation training induces smoking reduction" one kind of mediation-training reduced smoking by 60% while a control group (relaxation training) showed no such effect. ...
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Best meditation techniques to overcome Behavioral Addictions?

Several years ago, I was unsuccessfully searching for a study that evaluates the efficacy of many different interventions in the context of addictions. However, I did find a cognitive behavioral ...
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Long term effects of a high self monitor who voluntarily chooses a contradictory self-presentation

So basically the question eventually became about the influences of on-line activities on changing (improving in this case) one's behavior if not downright one's personality in real life. There is a ...
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What is the term for doing things or behaviors that contrast to what you really feel?

This is not really a scientific term, but it instantly reminds me of keeping up appearances: To pretend that everything is good, for example with your marriage or your financial situation, even ...
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What is the term for doing things or behaviors that contrast to what you really feel?

What you describes may refer to bad faith: Some examples of bad faith include: a company representative who negotiates with union workers while having no intent of compromising; a prosecutor who ...
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What are effective methods to overcome the initial psychological resistance towards an unpleasant task?

I don't know of evaluations of those types of techniques. To broaden your query slightly, there is strong evidence from social psychology that increasing helpful behaviors and decreasing unhelpful ...
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Getting upset from the creation of your own imagination

Generally this is known as rumination. I don't know if there has been a more specific name for the specific type you mention, but it has been studied somewhat: Certain characteristics of rumination,...
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Do most people want to murder?

This is a very interesting question. I think that there are many both conscious and unconscious factors that determine destructive behavior. The conflict between the id and super-ego (mediated by ego)...
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Does consumption of amino acid supplements improve human executive function and self-regulation in ADHD cases?

There's a recent negative study: Bergwerff et al. (2016) "No Tryptophan, Tyrosine and Phenylalanine Abnormalities in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder": This study is the ...
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Paper (s) on enhancing self-control

Along with many others, Google Scholar came up with the following articles for me American Association for the Advancement of Sciencetalks about the relationship between health and a sense of control ...
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