About Steven Handel

Steven Handel is the creator of The Emotion Machine. He has been blogging about psychology + self improvement for over 6 years. Check out his self improvement toolkit for free guides and workbooks.

How to Build Your Own “Safe Space” and Never Grow as a Person

Today among colleges and students, there is an increasing demand for “safe spaces.” “Safe spaces” are essentially a place where anyone can be themselves without being judged or made to feel uncomfortable for it. It’s often associated with groups of … Continue reading

The Powerful Lesson “Inside Out” Teaches Us About Emotional Intelligence

Inside Out is one of the best children’s movies of 2015, but it also encompasses a powerful lesson that we can all learn about emotional intelligence. For those that don’t already know, “Inside Out” is the newest movie by animation … Continue reading

Everyone Thinks They’re A Psychologist: Why We Can’t Help But Try to Read People’s Minds

It’s human nature to be a psychologist. We’ve evolved to become a very social species, and because of this we’ve developed what psychologists call empathy or theory of mind. This is our ability to attribute mental states – like thoughts, … Continue reading

Humility: The Acceptance of Our Flawed Self

In today’s culture, children are often taught that they’re perfect, they’re always winners, and they can never do wrong. Parents are constantly coddling and protecting their children’s “self-esteem.” They guard their children from any experiences of negativity, hardship, or failure. … Continue reading

The “Over-Sharing” Epidemic: How the Internet Makes Us Devalue Our Private Lives

The internet and social media give us the ability to broadcast our thoughts and feelings to the world at a moment’s notice. While there are many advantages to this ability to instantly communicate and reach out to others, it also … Continue reading