The Affect Heuristic: How We Feel is How We Think

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When we are upset, we are hardly ever rational. This psychological phenomenon is the affect heuristic.

Do you feel that your emotions control what you think? Or do you find it difficult to be rational when you are emotional? Continue reading

Write Down Your Thoughts to Become More Mindful and Consciously Aware

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Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously aware. Continue reading

People Who Are Consciously Aware of Their Emotions Deal With Them More Effectively, Study Shows

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How aware of your emotions are you?

People who are consciously aware of their emotions deal with them more effectively. This idea is supported by a recent survey study by Claudia Subic-Wrana and co-workers (2014) of almost 2,000 participants (a representative sample of the German general population). Continue reading

A 100-Year Old Word Repetition Technique is Effective in Reducing the Impact of (Negative) Words

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Repeat the word milk for 45 seconds or more (remember to say it out loud), and you will find that the word begins to lose its meaning. It’s called the Milk Milk Milk exercise, and it is just one of many word repetition exercises. Try it yourself before you read any further… did the word milk lose its meaning? Continue reading

7 Wonderful Live in the Moment Quotes

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Does Your Pursuit of Self-Esteem Damage You?

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We tend to define ourselves and our self-worth in terms of our accomplishments.

How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation in our modern culture.  Continue reading

How Your Social Network Influences Your Romantic Relationship

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How much does your social network influence your romantic relationship?

We care about what others think of us, and our romantic relationships, too. The support we receive from our social networks, such as family and friends, influences the quality of our relationships. Continue reading

Study: Anxious Parents May Attribute Negative Emotions to Their Children

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Anxiety runs in families. Children of anxious parents are over five times more likely than those of non-anxious parents to have an anxiety disorder (Budinger et al., 2013). Continue reading