Ways to Deal With Difficulties: Problem-Focused and Emotion-Focused Coping


When we face stressful life events, we typically use many kinds of coping strategies to deal with them. Sometimes we confront problems, and sometimes we      avoid problems.  Continue reading

Study: Attitudes About Celebrities Are Fairly Stable Over Time


Many people worship celebrities, but is this tendency stable over time? This would mean that certain types of people consistently worship celebrities. Indeed, some people have been termed celebrity worshipers. Continue reading

How Materialistic Aims Influence Psychological Well-Being


Kasser and colleagues (2013) state that often materialistic goals and values are prioritized in contemporary industrialized countries. As a result, money, wealth and possessions are valued relatively more than the fulfilment of psychological needs. Continue reading

Rituals Make Food More Tasty and Decrease Consumption


Rituals have throughout human history been enacted to mark life events. Rituals are systematized sequences of behaviors that prepare us for something to happen, and they often include repeated and unusual behaviors. They influence how people experience what comes next (Vohs et al., 2013). Continue reading

Multitasking Reduces Taste Perception and Increases Food Consumption


Van der Wal & van Dillen (2013) emphasize that people in modern Western societies devote less and less attention to their meals. This fact is supported by reports that have shown that we eat about half of our meals in front of a television. Continue reading

Therapist’s Burnout: A Consequence of Severe Mental and Emotional Fatigue


“The expression that clients “share their trauma” with their therapists is more than a turn of a phrase.” (p. 1529). Continue reading

3 Ways to Prevent that the Moods of Others Affect You Negatively


People may affect your mood in either a positive or negative way. You might want to avoid that negative moods affect you too much. This post describes how to do it.

The idea of emotional contagion goes back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates found that some women transferred their strong emotions to others. Continue reading

Study: Impulsive Traits Specific to Psychopathy Predict Lifetime Patterns of Violence


People commit violence for different reasons.

How do we measure psychopathy and how is it related to violence? According to Camp and colleagues (2013), a widely known test called the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is applied in justice contexts. Continue reading