The Problem with Black and White Thinking

Black and white thinking can be the cause of many problems in our lives. I remember a time when I was very depressed, and looking back, I can now see how my absolutist views were a big reason I couldn’t … Continue reading

Only Living In The Moment – And Why It Can Be Dangerous

You don’t have to look very far in the psychology world to find advice about “living in the moment.” And the truth is there is a lot of scientific evidence showing the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness and why … Continue reading

How to Change Habits with 20 Minutes of Visualization

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle What is a habit? A habit is any behavior that we do on a frequent and consistent basis. The only way to build new … Continue reading

Body Ownership, Schizophrenia, and the Importance of Exercise

Summary Psychologists use a procedure called “The Rubber Hand Illusion” to challenge an individual’s sense of body ownership. A recently published study showed that schizophrenics – who already exhibit a weak sense of self – experienced the illusion to a … Continue reading

When Too Much Optimism Blinds Us

Optimists are said to be those who see the glass as half full, while pessimists see the glass as half empty. An optimist often tries to find the good in everything, and often this perspective can cause less stress, less … Continue reading