Category Archives: Mental Health

Why You Need Self-Compassion More Than Self-Esteem in Difficult Times, Study Shows

The literature of self-esteem tells us that we need to gain self-esteem to be succesful. But this might be all wrong and a widespread misconception, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 2500 students. I’ll introduce you to self-compassion as an alternative to self-esteem, and the reasons why you should develop self-compassion more than self-esteem. Continue reading

Anger Impairs People’s Cognitive Scope, Study Shows

The fact that anger can have adverse effects on behavior is evident. When people get angry, they behave in ways that they normally would not do. So, anger seems to impair or even block rational thinking. Continue reading

Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More Daily Happiness

money can't buy happiness

A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness (Kushlev, Dunn, & Lucas, 2015). Continue reading

The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help us in some other way? It seems not. Continue reading

The Saying ‘I Know How You Feel’ is Flawed, From a Psychologist’s Perspective

I feel angry

Is this girl angry or sad? It’s hard to tell.

Have you ever said to someone, “I know how you feel“? Well, I think most of us have at some point, but do we truly know how others feel, or is it just a saying that we use for better or worse? 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

Study: Vacations Decrease Work-Related Stress, Especially in “Obsessive” Workers

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Vacations provide an opportunity for relaxation and mental downtime.

The summer vacations have just ended for most people. So, you might wonder how long you benefit from the effects of your holiday? Ought we go on holidays to relieve work-related stress and to stay well? Continue reading

12 Common Irrational Beliefs

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Dr. Albert Ellis was a practitioner of rational emotive behavior therapy. During his time as a therapist, he identified 12 irrational beliefs that many people have. Continue reading