Category Archives: Clinical Psychology

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

Negativity Bias: Why Negative Things Stand Out

Positive thinking can feel like a job to do, while negative thinking seems to happen more automatically. In fact, this is true at a very fundamental level of the brain, studies show. It is called the negativity biasContinue reading

Almost All People Want to Change Their Personality, Study Finds

A large-scale study by Hudson and Fraley (2016), published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, finds that almost all people between the ages of 18 to 70 want to change aspects of their personality. Continue reading

The Intuitive and Analytical Thinking Style: Which One is Yours?

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The human brain is sophisticated. It separates us from all other animals. It allows us to have abstract ideas and to solve complex problems. We are rational social beings, or are we? 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

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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 Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy Them (Self-Determination Theory)

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Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? This post will show you why. Continue reading