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 these is the popular 5-step psychological sensory grounding mindfulness technique. It is a widely practiced psychological & self-help “first-aid” technique which aims to stop uncontrolled thoughts, spiraling, mental chaos, growing …

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Study Math Better Using Psychology: Tips & Guidelines

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A number of psychological findings can be used to improve mathematical understanding and mathematical performance. Here is a broad summary of the best math study tips, applications of psychological processes, and learning guidelines. Let’s dive right in. Use scaffolding techniques: It’s a fancy word for getting help & support. But, the help, here, is incomplete. …

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The Bearer Of Bad News Is Disliked, Here Is How You Deliver It

Giving bad news isn’t a fun activity, especially if you are giving it to someone you know. It’s an uncomfortable spot and it isn’t pleasant for the receiver. People are reluctant to give bad news (the MUM effect) and are eager to give good news. A series of 11 experiments provide evidence for a long-known …

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16 Ways To Train & Increase Your Empathy

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Empathy is a desirable human trait and it is central to relationships, community well-being, and professional growth. In what people call emotional intelligence – the sensitivity & the skill to regulate, understand, and use emotions – empathy is a necessary force. On some level, empathy is natural. Most people are aware that others have unique …

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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 for those struggling with anxiety and depression, beliefs like “I’m a bad person” and “I am fat and ugly” are common. What are negative thoughts? Thoughts which cause emotional distress, …

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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 other’s thoughts), and desirable attitudes? Research in this area looks at the theory of mind and social cognition. Let us first understand these terms. Theory of Mind – This framework …

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7 Proven and Practical Emotional Regulation Skills & Techniques [How-To]

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We all experience emotions with a huge subjective component. Most of us can recognize the emotions we experience, and sometimes we don’t know what to do with them. Whether it is trauma, a bad day, a terrible event, uncontrolled anger, pent-up stress, or unadulterated anxiety and sadness, emotions and thoughts manifest in ways we don’t …

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5 Ways To Get Rid Of Stress And Anxiety, These Anxiety Remedies Will Make Life Easier [Guest Post]

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Suffering from stress and anxiety is no joke and should not be underestimated. Many people start having depressive episodes that cannot be controlled at the later stage. Overthinking can be blamed for a lot of stress and anxiety. When we start to worry and overthink about problems that are not in our hands, anxiety happens. …

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

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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 Worst and The Best Study Tips & Habits based on Psychological Research [How-To]

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I’m going to keep this post crisp and crunchy. We’ll first begin with the worst study habits and then move toward the best study habits & tips. What we are about to look at is thoroughly supported by scientific research. TL;DR at the end. I’m writing this post after studying over 250 research papers. I …

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4 Memory Tricks I Learned To Remember Things Better Even With A Traumatic Brain Injury [Guest Post]

Chunking information into groups is a great way to improve your memory

In 2015, I was hit by a car while pushing my broken down car on the freeway. My body was flung 20 feet across the paved road. I had broken my jaw, collarbone, nose, and I received an awfully serious traumatic brain injury. The brain injury impacted my memory so severely… it had left me …

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