Study: Anxious Parents May Attribute Negative Emotions to Their Children

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

Can People Hold 7±2 Objects in their Short-Term Memory or What?

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Is the magical number 7 so magical, after all?

Myth: People can hold 7±2 objects in their short-term memory.

Fact: English-speaking people can on average hold 7±2 unidimensional objects in their short-term memory. Continue reading

4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Grow as a Person

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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

Wear the Right Clothes and Make the Right Impressions on Others: Dress to Impress

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Be aware of the impressions you make on others.

Whether you like it or not: the clothes you wear makes a particular impression on others. Even subtle appearance cues lead others to judge our personality, status and more. I’ve come across a number of studies that prove this fact, and as always, I share the findings with you. Continue reading

Study: Choosing Products With Attractive Designs Affirms People’s Self-Image

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Many, if not most, people appreciate luxury or attractive products. A study shows why this might be so.

People strive for consistency in beliefs and behaviors as they have a basic desire to affirm their self-image. Studies have shown that people choose products that are congruent with their self-image: Continue reading

The Swedish 6-Hour Workday Experiment: A Brilliant Idea or Not?

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Huffington Post reports of an unusual experiment going on in Sweden at the moment. A test group of government workers will scale back to work 6 hours per day, while a another group of participants will continue to work 8 hours per day. Continue reading

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: Find Inner Peace With 3 Principles

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What if your mind were so peaceful?

We like to compare ourselves to others (self-comparison). Are we good enough or are we falling behind? We constantly judge ourselves and our own worth. Objective evaluations, like grades in school, force us to be compared to others. But we should not judge ourselves from the grades we get or from the accomplishments we achieve. We are more than that. Continue reading