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How to Overcome Stereotype Threat: Looking Beyond Society’s Expectations

We live in a world full of expectations. Society often expects us to act a certain way and be a certain way depending on who we are and what the “norms” are in a particular culture. These are the stereotypes we all have to face to some degree. Stereotype threat is when we fear conforming […]

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Why It’s Healthy to Reflect on Your Past Relationships

Whenever we experience a fall-out or a break up with someone, we often have a natural tendency to reflect on that relationship. Often it can be a painful process. We ruminate constantly about someone – staying up all night thinking about the mistakes we made, the negative signs we missed, and all the things we […]

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Small Talk vs. Big Questions: How to Build a Deep Connection With Anyone

When I look back on my life, the times when I’ve built the deepest connections with people are when we just sit and talk about the “big questions” in life. How do you picture a perfect society? What are your big goals in life? What do you think are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? What’s […]

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My Top 10 Psychology Articles of 2014

Another year is coming to an end – this article is a celebration of the top 10 best psychology and self improvement articles published in 2014 at The Emotion Machine. As of today, there have been more than 500+ articles published here in the past 5 years. These are great places to start learning more […]

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Cognitive Bias Modification: Train Your Mind to See The Positive

Is your mind biased to see the positive or the negative in your environment? A new form of self-therapy called cognitive bias modification attempts to train your mind to see the positive through a fun and interesting new technique. In fact, a recent study has shown that cognitive bias modification (CBM) has been proven to […]

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