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 Einstellung Effect: Why Experts Lack Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

Einstellung effect - Learn to utilize resources correctly to increase productivity

Speaking anecdotally, have you ever had an interaction with a professional who has a vast amount of experience but ultimately failed to offer a smart and creative solution? One possibility is that the expert really wasn’t an expert and genuinely lacked problem-solving skills. The other possibility is that you experienced the Einstellung Effect; also known …

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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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4 thinking flaws you should avoid to become more objective and rational

Fundamental thinking flaws you should avoid to become more rational and objective

I see 4 fundamental flaws in how people think. This is where you begin to start thinking critically about the world. Flaw 1 – A False dichotomy: People think in ‘Or’. Things are Black or White, It’s Nature or Nurture, It’s democracy or dictatorship, It’s good or bad, It is right for you or wrong …

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How to improve your critical thinking skills and change your thinking patterns

How to change thinking patterns and improve thinking skills

People often want to learn how to expand their thinking abilities or change their thinking patterns. In fact, they want to think better and improve critical thinking. How do we go about that? In this post, I’ve outlined actionable tips to improve and refine your critical thinking skills. With these tips and recommendations, you can …

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4 cognitive biases you should be aware of

Cognitive biases, confirmation bias, anchoring effect, gambler's fallacy

These cognitive biases could be spoiling your decisions with incorrect perception. Understanding cognitive biases and overcoming them lie at the heart of negotiations, risk-taking, investments, audience building, developing relationships, choosing a moral side, debating, increasing sales, proving a point, etc. This is an endless list. Basically, anything that needs attention, observation, decision making, and perspective, …

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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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Mental models – A way to unlock genius

Mental model - how to think in creative processes

Mental models or Mental model thinking can help you learn better, get creative, and gain immense insight into the world. For a minute, think that your mind is a blank canvas.    But that can’t be true. You are alive and are learning something, absorbing some information, this information.    Let’s now put that blank …

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