My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles of 2017

As we enter the new year, now is a perfect time to reflect back on the past twelve months and the multiple ways we’ve grown and changed as individuals. The Emotion Machine first started in June of 2009 and currently … Continue reading

Nightmares May Be a Sign It’s Time to Change Something In Your Life

Dreams and nightmares have always been a fascinating yet perplexing subject to study in psychology. While the majority of our dreams may have no real underlying meaning or purpose behind them (what I sometimes call “brain vomit”) that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

A One Time Lesson in “Growth Mindset” Can Help With Depression and Anxiety

One big concept in psychology right now is the “growth mindset.” The basic idea behind the “growth mindset” is that we have the capacity to change and improve ourselves over time. This is in contrast to a “fixed mindset,” where … Continue reading

Play the “Alphabet Game” to Derail Negative Thoughts

When we find ourselves in a cycle of negative thinking, it can often become very difficult to break out of it. “Rumination” is one of the most common symptoms in depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. It’s a focused attention on … Continue reading

How a Sobering Walk Through a Cemetery Can Help Reinvigorate Your Life

Thinking about death is often something that we try to avoid at all costs, but could there be a psychological benefit to it? There’s an emerging concept in psychology known as Terror Management Theory (TMT) that explores how humans respond … Continue reading