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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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]

7 proven emotional regulation skills

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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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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Font Psychology: New research & practical insights

Font Psychology: Bad fonts can be psychologically useful

Welcome to font psychology or the science of typography – how fonts affect cognition & behavior of people.  Designers swear by the importance of fonts. They often see what most people overlook. At the superficial level, it could feel like fonts are about the beauty of the written word. But, as designers say, ‘It reflects …

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How can a boss motivate employees and keep them satisfied?

Improve employee motivation

Considering the fact that most adults spend most of their day at work, it is of prime importance to understand why we work and why we earn money for it. Employee satisfaction is a core factor that needs to be considered in designing a workforce and establishing a health company culture. This article will look …

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The Heart vs. The Mind (scientific explanation) – A false dichotomy by the mind.

The heart vs. the mind debate

What do you mean when you say your heart says one thing and the mind says another thing? The Heart vs. The Mind This may be a little too obvious, but I’ll highlight it anyway. There is no heart vs. brain or heart vs. mind as such.  There isn’t any thought vs. feeling, logic vs. …

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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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