How to Overcome Mean World Syndrome

Do you think we live in a mean and terrible world? Then you may have mean world syndrome. Mean world syndrome is a concept proposed by George Gerbner, an influential professor of communication who spent his life studying how culture … Continue reading

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