Affect & Emotion

Social Detoxing and Solitude: Alone, Lonely, or Aloneliness?

Loneliness, Alone-time, social detox, and well-being

Many people disconnect from social activities and seek solitude to improve their well-being. This “Social detox” is a common lifestyle choice when things get overwhelming. …

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Emotional Intelligence, Literacy, And Theory (With Ways to Increase EQ)

Emotional intelligence

What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is about people – you & others – thoughts, feelings, intentions, cultures, background, tendencies, sensitivities, habits, etc. It is …

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How Empathy Fails Us: In-group/Out-group Negativity & Emotional Burn-Out

The Negative effect of Empathy: Impaired decision making, emotional burn-out, and us vs. them

Empathy is generally regarded as a valuable skill in managing and nurturing social and professional relationships. It’s central to helping others and improving social dynamics. …

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A 5-Step Mindfulness Grounding Technique To Ease Anxiety & Why Mindfulness Works

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While a lot of psychological techniques have a learning curve and take time to make tangible improvements in life, some work within seconds. One of …

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Why Fun Improves Learning: Mood, Senses, Neurons, Arousal, Cognition

Why does having fun make learning better?

There is ample anecdotal evidence that shows listening to a fun lecture or lesson is great for learning. It’s intuitive. Having fun & interactive learning …

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Stop Negative Thoughts With Cognitive Defusion & Cognitive Restructuring Techniques

How to stop negative thoughts: Cognitive defusion and Cognitive Restructuring techniques

Everyone has negative thoughts at some point in time. Even psychologically healthy people have a fair amount of negative thoughts about themselves and others. And …

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People Believe In Astrology To Cope With Stress, Uncertainty, & Conflict

Why do people believe in astrology?

It’s fascinating to understand why people believe in astrology. The answer is not so obvious, but it is quite simple. There are many ways to …

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The Effect of Reading Fiction on The Brain: Do Books Increase Empathy?

The effect of reading on the brain: Can books increase empathy?

There is some debate on whether reading literary fiction has any effect on the brain. Can reading improve empathy, mentalizing (being aware of one’s and …

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