Traumatic Experiences May Make You Tough

Your parents were right: Hard experiences may indeed make you tough. Psychological scientists have found that, while going through many experiences like assault, hurricanes, and bereavement can be psychologically damaging, small amounts of trauma ...

Dec 17

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Bibliotherapy – The Healing Power of Books

In this era of tablets, videogames and virtual reality, it may seem anachronistic for kids to be told that “reading is good for you.” Though there are many ways in which reading can be beneficial for the education of youth, there are other ways ...

Dec 16

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Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one's decisions ...

You're in search of a new coffee maker, and the simple quest becomes, well, an ordeal. After doing copious amounts of research and reading dozens of consumer reviews, you finally make a purchase, only to wonder: "Was this the right choice? Could I ...

Dec 16

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To understand addiction and relationships, watch “Shame”

It was as subtly about addiction’s toll on relationships, friendly, familial and romantic, as it was on the nature of the ...

Dec 15

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A brain's failure to appreciate others may permit human atrocities

"When we encounter a person, we usually infer something about their minds. Sometimes, we fail to do this, opening up the possibility that we do not perceive the person as fully human," said lead author Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in Duke ...

Dec 15

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Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget

Scientists measure the "doorway effect," and it supports a novel model of human memory. The French poet Paul Valéry once said, “The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.” In that spirit, ...

Dec 14

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Life After Cigarettes: Compared With Those Who Continue to Smoke, ...

Life without cigarettes is not all doom and gloom. In fact, successful quitters are more satisfied with their lives and feel healthier, both one year and three years afterwards, than those who continue to smoke. That's according to new research by ...

Dec 14

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Friends and Loved Ones Yawn Together

Everybody knows that yawning is contagious. When a person yawns, other people can respond by yawning. What wasn't known is that "yawn transmission" is more frequent, and faster, between people sharing an empathic bond: close friends, kin, and mates. ...

Dec 13

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Working moms feel better than stay-at-home moms, study finds

Mothers with jobs tend to be healthier and happier than moms who stay at home during their children's infancy and pre-school years, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers analyzed National Institute ...

Dec 13

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Why People Secretly Fear Creative Ideas

Why creative ideas are often rejected in favour of conformity and uniformity. Does society really value creativity? People say they want more creative people, more creative ideas and solutions, but do they really? For one thing teachers don't ...

Dec 12

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Investigating Amazing Psychology

When we are children we tend to dream about what we will do as adults. The many careers that we choose are one like police officers, school teachers, doctors, astronauts, cowboys and movie stars. While this sounds very similar to psychology there ...

Dec 12

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National Pride Brings Happiness, but What You're Proud of Matters

Research shows that feeling good about your country also makes you feel good about your own life -- and many people take that as good news. But Matthew Wright, a political scientist at American University, and Tim Reeskens, a sociologist from ...

Dec 10

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Put the Wind in Your Sails by Using Your Strengths

We all have strengths and weaknesses of character. For some people it’s natural and fulfilling to learn, be curious, and use creativity. For others, they are prone to serving, being kind, and developing spiritually. Positive psychologists ...

Dec 10

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How Preference Affects Quick Choices

Have you ever wondered if your preferences bias the choices you make? You make choices all the time, whether you are aware of them or not. Many different factors probably work together to affect the option you end up choosing. Which do you think are ...

Dec 9

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The trouble with bright kids

It is not easy to live up to your full potential. There are so many obstacles that can get in the way: Bosses who do not appreciate what you have to offer, tedious projects that take up too much time, economies with scarce job opportunities, the ...

Dec 9

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