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Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

How Perfectionism Destroys Happiness

If you want to never be happy or satisfied with your life, one great way to do that is to raise your expectations to an unrealistically high standard that can never possibly be met. This is the essence of perfectionism. It’s the inability to be happy with something until it is perfect, without any flaws […]

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Curiosity and the Advantages of a Hungry Mind

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs Curiosity is the desire to learn and explore something just for the sake of learning and exploring it. There are many theories as to what influences humans to experience curiosity. One theory is the “curiosity-drive model.” We often seek a coherent map of reality, so when we discover […]

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Giving Ourselves Permission to Feel Bad

When we feel really bad about something and we look toward others for social support, what are we really searching for? Do we want them to give us positive advice and make us feel better about our situation, or do we want them to just accept our feelings and let us know they are healthy […]

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The Mindbus Technique: A Visualization for Defusing Negative Thoughts

The mindbus technique is an exercise often practiced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The basic idea is to imagine yourself as the driver of a “mindbus” and to imagine your thoughts as passengers riding this bus with you. This is a great way to become more mindful of your thinking, while at the same […]

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5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games can often be a subject of controversy in psychology. One of the biggest criticisms against video games is the idea that they can desensitize people (especially children) to violence, and thus lead to more aggressive and antisocial behavior in the real world. For example, in one recent study it was shown that playing […]

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