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Metaphors We Live By: How Metaphors Frame Our Experiences in Different Ways

Metaphors are a way to explain one experience in terms of another experience. For example, think of the metaphor “The movie was a roller-coaster.” In this metaphor, we are comparing the experience of watching a movie to the experience of a roller-coaster, even though objectively the experiences are very different. A metaphor works by highlighting […]

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A Conversation Between Your Positive Self and Negative Self

We’re complex beings. Often times there isn’t one singular self that makes us who we are, but many multiple selves that are tugging away simultaneously. Whichever “self” wins the tug of war is the one that gets to choose how we respond to any given situation. Sometimes our “positive self” wins. Sometimes our “negative self” […]

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Why It’s Healthy to Reflect on Your Past Relationships

Whenever we experience a fall-out or a break up with someone, we often have a natural tendency to reflect on that relationship. Often it can be a painful process. We ruminate constantly about someone – staying up all night thinking about the mistakes we made, the negative signs we missed, and all the things we […]

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Free Won’t: Why You Shouldn’t Take Any Single Thought Too Seriously

You can’t take any single thought you have too seriously. Why? Because your mind is a lot like a “mental playground,” constantly generating and experimenting with new solutions and new ideas. Therefore, no single thought can possibly define you. So you had a scary or negative idea, or image, or dream? No big deal – […]

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Just You and Your Thoughts

Imagine just you and your thoughts, alone in an empty room, with nothing else to distract you. How long would you be able to spend in this room by yourself? For most people, the answer seems to be “not very long at all.” In a recent study published in Science, participants were asked to spend […]

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