Third Person Self-Talk Is An Effective Way To Reduce Anxiety And Regulate Emotions – Insights From The Construal Level Theory

Third person self-talk is a powerful way to regulate emotions and reduce anxiety

Research shows that self-talk, when done in 3rd person, can be an effective method of emotional self-regulation which can reduce anxiety. It provides the necessary psychological distance between the self and anxiety-inducing contexts. This also helps when you are thinking about negative events and ruminating anxiety-ridden thoughts. This psychological distance allows a person to reflect …

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Biophilia: Sensory Contact With Nature Can Improve Your Overall Well-being & Mental Health

Humans love nature and connecting with nature improves wellbeing

Do you like it when you are surrounded by nature? Do you have a primeval desire to connect with nature? Most of us would answer that with a resounding YES. There is a term for that. Biophilia: The innate tendency of humans to connect with nature and other lifeforms. An exciting hypothesis emerged in 1984 …

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You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating!

I am so stressed that relaxing makes me more stressed because I am not working on what's making me stressed

There are two trains of thought – One leads to procrastination and one leads to motivation. And somewhere in between, there is a junction called anxiety. Let’s first look at the procrastination train of thought (at least that’s going somewhere, amirite?). People often think procrastination is about time management, laziness, or a weak will but …

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The Beautiful Science of Ugliness Reveals Ugly Truths About How we Judge Others

Am I ugly like gollum? The psychology of beauty ideals and standards

This is a long article with tonnes of research and explanations for factors related to the concept of ugly. I have detailed research insights on ugliness, beauty standards, our perception of beauty, and the concept of attractiveness. Oh, and I have a special message for you at the end. Scroll all the way to the …

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The Social Psychology Of Heavy Metal & Rock Music: Research On Metalheads

The psychology of heavy metal music

Picture this: A bunch of unique looking headbanging people listening to heavy music; entering a whirlpool of human collision in front of their favorite artist; raising their fists in the air; raising the devil’s horns \m/. What is that all about? Who are they? These are the metalheads. What is their psychology? We are going …

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The Importance Of Music: When and Why we listen to music

Best music psychology book

There is no doubt that most humans spend a lot of time listening to music. Music is clearly important to us. Neilson (a global measurement company) says that Americans are listening to 4.5 hours of music a day; another one says it’s 2 hours. Many others like me spend between 2 and 4 hours listening …

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How to remain calm: reducing stress, anxiousness, and social anxiety

Emotion words: How to overcome anxiety and stress

Life gives you lemons and sometimes you can’t make a lemonade, or have a tequila, or fling some dirt, or paint it black, or punch a wall. So this post will steer away from all motivational, inspirational ideas and give you mental techniques to combat anxiety, nervousness, and stress. Stress and anxiety is a fundamental …

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How to help a friend with depression (Guide & Examples)

How to talk with depressed people (guide)

What to say to a depressed person – 30 examples. In the previous article, I went through 15 sentences that you should not use while talking to depressed people. Those sentences are commonly used and are pretty unhelpful. If you haven’t read that article, I recommend going through that after this one. Here, we will …

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15 things to NOT say to depressed people… and why you shouldn’t say them

What Not to say to depressed people (examples)

Lots of people around us could be depressed or suicidal. We often never know because there is a communication barrier. It’s not easy figuring out what to say when someone tells you about their depression and thoughts of ending their life. Thinking of the right things to say to someone who is depressed or suicidal …

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How to be happy – 8 Genuine ways to create a happy life (And Improve Well-being)

How to to happy - 8 scientific tips on happiness

These positive psychology insights will teach you how to become happy and how to live a happy life. Let’s backtrack a bit. People talk about happiness in many ways. We hear and use sentences like “I’m looking for happiness” and “I’m searching for what makes me happy.” There is even a movie called “The pursuit …

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The science of love. What is love? Baby don’t abstract me.

The kiki bouba experiment psychology

What does a coin, a pencil, and a giraffe have in common? Humor me with this, we’ll get to the psychology of love soon enough.  They are tangible. They are certainly real in an objective world and people can agree upon what they are to a very large extent. What about Love? Is it an …

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