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Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values

Enlightened self-interest is the idea that often times doing what is good for yourself is also doing what is good for others, and vice versa. This means your interests and values overlap with the interests and values of other people. And ultimately, when you work to achieve your own values (and what really matters to […]

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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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How to Build Thick Skin and Stop Being So Sensitive

What does it mean to have “thick skin?” Usually, it means a person is able to take criticism, insults, and unpleasant information without getting too emotional and riled up about it. A person who doesn’t have thick skin can be very sensitive and over-reactive. You’ll often find them yelling, crying, or being defensive whenever they […]

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The Echo Effect: How Repeating People’s Words Improves Social Interaction

People who are masters at communication often make good use of repeating back the words they hear from the people they are speaking with. When people use the same words, it creates less social distance between them and makes them feel more similar to each other. But when people use very different words, it creates […]

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4 Ways to Create Meaning in Life Without Religion

Although I grew up as a Roman Catholic, I’ve always been skeptical of religion for as long as I can remember. By the time I reached high school, I had largely considered myself an atheist. I’m not against other people being religious. For many, it provides a sense of meaning and belonging, and recent studies […]

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