It's Surprisingly Easy to Become an Optimistic Person

Take the next five minutes and imagine yourself in the future. This future self is doing wonderfully. You have worked hard and it is really paying off. You’re achieving all you set out to do. Everything has turned out in the best way possible. ...

Nov 23

Categories: Positive Psychology

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Weight-loss psychology: how your brain is preventing you from losing ...

Despite the fact that 77% of Americans are trying to lose weight, nearly 70% of all Americans are obese or overweight. Given the inability of the majority of us to manage our weight, are we all just weak-willed slackers? Or are other factors ...

Nov 22

Categories: Eating Disorders, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Self-Love

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Young bosses supervising older workers fosters resentment, harms ...

Places of work have become fairer thanks to their embrace of meritocracy: the idea that the best person for the job is the right person for the job. Formal assessment processes, for example, help ensure that interviews are granted on merit, rather ...

Nov 22

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Why it's hard to talk and make eye contact at the same time

When someone’s talking to you, have you noticed how they seem to keep breaking off eye contact, as if finding it hard to both talk and look you in the eye at the same time? Similarly, when you’re explaining something to someone or telling them a ...

Nov 21

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Do students know what's good for them?

Putting a student at the centre of their own learning seems like fundamental pedagogy. Obviously, we learn best when motivated and when learning is fun. Allowing us to explore our curiosity is a way to allow both. However, putting the trajectory of ...

Nov 19

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Teenage Issues

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Empty nest syndrome: The long goodbye

Full-blown empty-nest syndrome - debilitating grief and loss of purpose - is mercifully rare, but that doesn't mean the transition isn't still painful and complicated, as well as exciting and discombobulating. How do parents acknowledge the past and ...

Nov 19

Categories: Family Problems, Parenting

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Higher Status People Are Meaner Drivers

In 1968, psychological scientists Anthony Doob and APS Fellow Alan E. Gross came across an interesting finding: People were quicker to honk their horns when they were stuck behind a clunker rather than a newer, more expensive “high status” car. ...

Nov 18

Categories: Anger Management

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Autistic people’s social difficulties linked to abnormal processing ...

Besides problems with social interactions, it has been known for a while that many people with autism experience sensory abnormalities, such as hypersensitivity to sounds, light or touch. With sensory impairment now officially included in diagnostic ...

Nov 18

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Does a "Bad Apple" Spoil the bunch?

Siblings bear majority of the responsibility for the spread of problem behaviors. Identifying the exact nature of that influence has proven difficult, because behavior problems in siblings can also be traced to friends, shared genetics and shared ...

Nov 17

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Family Problems

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The Psychology of Celebrity Worship

Among academic researchers, the term "celebrity worship" is a term that was first coined by Dr. Lynn McCutcheon and her research colleagues in the early 2000s. While seemingly common especially in young adolescents, research has pointed out that ...

Nov 17

Categories: Other

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Stress and coping skills among university students: A preliminary ...

The objective of this research is to evaluate stress level and identify coping skills among students of Universiti Malaysia Sabah according to their ethnicity. A total of 252 subjects were involved in this research which ...

Nov 15

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Stress Management

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Job Dissatisfaction and Mental Health

In this era of increasing productivity and job efficiency, many of us often complain about being overworked. However, having too little to do at work may not be advantageous, and may even be bad for your mental health.

Nov 15

Categories: Workplace Issues

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The Reality of Hook Up Culture

Adults seem to think we're all sex-crazed emotionless teenagers who have traded relationships for one-night stands, long conversations for heart emojis, romantic dinners for Tinder dates. Hundreds of people (most of whom happen to be over 30) have ...

Nov 12

Categories: Adult psychological development, Relationships & Marriage, ...

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Shock and Loss for the Losing Side: How to Heal

From the moment Donald Trump was declared the president-elect, many on the losing side—about half the nation—have been stunned. Gone is the future they expected. Disappeared the America they believed in, the country that represented their values ...

Nov 12

Categories: Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Self help groups, Self-Love

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Trump's Victory and the Neuroscience of Rage

Pollsters, politicians, much of the press and public are dismayed by Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the presidential election, but not neuroscientists. The bewilderment arises from an attempt to comprehend the election result rationally, but ...

Nov 11

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