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Posts Tagged ‘Memories’

How to Create Psychological Distance Between You and Your Past

Many people have a hard time letting go of the past. They carry it around with them, ruminate about it constantly, and let it have a big impact on how they live their lives in the present moment. Of course the past will always be something that influences you to some degree. A lot of […]

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The Power of Foresight: Why Looking Into the Future is the Key to Success

Humans have an incredible capacity for “mental time travel.” We can look back into our past, by recollecting memories and past experiences, or we can look forward into our future, by projecting new and possible events in our lives. Foresight is our ability to accurately predict future outcomes. It is a long-term, “bigger picture” view […]

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How to Change the Way You Process Negative Memories

The way we think of past events in our lives is very flexible and subject to change. Whenever we look back at our life story, it can change based on our perspective and what information about our lives we choose to pay attention to and find important. We can take this flexible nature of our […]

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Focus on Positive Memories, Celebrate the Small Wins, and Keep Yourself Motivated

Focus on positive memories Focusing on positive memories can be a great way of staying motivated and committed toward our long-term goals and values. In a 2011 issue of Psychological Science, researchers discovered that loyal baseball fans are more likely to remember details of events when their team won, rather than when their team lost. […]

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Stress Can Strengthen Emotional Memories

There was an interesting study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers at the University of Montreal’s Center for Studies on Human Stress tested to see the effects of cortisol (“the stress hormone,” commonly associated with our body’s fight-or-flight response) on participant’s memories of an emotional event. The experimenters had participants […]

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