Healthy Escapism: The Emotional Intelligence Behind Fantasy and Distraction

One important aspect of emotional intelligence is knowing when to engage with an emotion vs. when to disengage from an emotion. By changing how we respond to our feelings, we can exercise more effective self-regulation and emotional management. While often … Continue reading

8 Things Society Says You Need To Do (But You Really Don’t)

Everyone is influenced by society. We can’t help it. We like to believe that we are free and autonomous individuals, but the truth is parents, teachers, bosses, politicians, and religious figures play a huge role in the decisions we make … Continue reading

How Tragic Movies Help Us Count Our Blessings

Why do we like watching movies that make us feel depressed? This is a question that has long interested psychologists and philosophers, and a recent study published by Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick at Ohio State University may have an answer. Her research … Continue reading

Undeserved Self-Praise Can Lead to Depression

According to a recent study published in Emotion, students who evaluated their performance on an exam as higher than it actually was – a form of undeserved self-praise – later felt dejected and depressed. According to Chi-Yue Chiu, of Nanyang … Continue reading