Are You In Control? Feelings of Personal Control Are Essential for Mental Health

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The belief that one can exert control over stressful events has long been known to help people cope with stress (Taylor, 2012). People like to have control over their lives, and people who have a sense of personal control seem to be better off than those who haven’t.

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8 Scientific Facts About Self-Control

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It takes self-control to stop unhealthy habits.

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Study: Sleep Disturbances Predict the Course of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

In a study by Van Mill and colleagues (2013), the authors examined the impact of sleep disturbances on the course of anxiety and depressive disorders. The sleep durations of over 1,000 individuals with depressive and/or anxiety disorders, over a period of two years, were examined. Continue reading

The Impact Bias: Why We Overestimate the Emotional Impact of Future Events

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This scenario would provoke anxiety in many of us, but research finds that we tend to overestimate the emotional impact of future events.

People often overestimate the intensity and duration of their emotional reactions to future events. This tendency is called the impact bias, which is just one of many cognitive biases. Because of the impact bias, people fail to make the right decisions about their emotional reactions to future events.

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Consider This Before You Clean Up Your Room (Messy Rooms Encourage Creativity)

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Sometimes, we prefer convention such as order, rules, and tradition. Other times, we prefer to break free from convention. Both order and disorder are present in nature and culture. Continue reading

Your Childhood Environment Predicts Whether You Spend or Save in Times of Economic Scarcity

People who have grown up in poorer families are more impulsive, take more risks and approach temptations more quickly under conditions of economic uncertainty.

What is the most adaptive response when resources are scarce? Is the best response to save money for the future or to spend it for immediate gains? It seems rational to decrease spending and increase savings. Continue reading

Soda Consumption May Cause Behavioural Problems in Children

Soda consumption may have a negative impact on children’s behaviours such as aggression, attention and withdrawal.

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How the Brain Responds to Traumatic Events that Later Become Flashbacks

How the brain responds to a traumatic event predicts whether that event becomes a flashback.

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