Thinking mind


#1. Practice the skill of categorizing
  • What - Categorizing is combining different emotion concepts to express feelings precisely. Like when leaving home to join a college in a different city. So many different emotions combine to make us feel the way we do in that moment.
  • Why - To be better able to cope with a wide range of circumstances. Plus, better understand others, negotiate conflict, & get along with people.
  • How - Practice. Just like painters learn to see fine distinctions in colors others cannot, you can practice the skill of categorizing.

People pay good money to therapists and life coaches for exactly this purpose.

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Thinking mind

Why Intuition isn't always right

In 2 million years, human brain has nearly trippled in mass, gaining new structures... mainly the prefrontal cortex which most importantly acts as an experience simulator... have experiences in our head before we try them out in real life. No other animal can do this quite like we can.

Impact bias is the tendency for this simulator to work badly - things actually have far less impact, less intensity, & much less duration than we expect them to have.

The surprising science of happiness


Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else.

Instead of asking why we failed to do what we intended, the creative accident asks 'what have we done?' This produces a creative insight of the highest order.

The Creativity Post | How Geniuses Think


What's more likely to reveal liars
  • Focusing on verbal cues, like strategically withholding evidence longer, allowing a person to speak more freely, can lead liars into contradictions. Experiments based on this showed significant improvement in lie detection accuracy rate.
  • Truth tellers usually report more details when verbally sketching a scene. It taps our spatial memory, power of recall. The UK police work with psychology researchers to use this type of interview to detect lies.

Why You Can't Spot a Liar Just by Looking


8 Benefits of Having Hope
  1. Greater physical and psychological well-being, superior performance, improved self-esteem, and enhanced relationships.
  2. Better stress management. Hopeful people are more likely to see problems as challenges rather than threatening and so are more in control and lesser stressed out.
  3. Hopeful people are more motivated to maintaing positive involvement in life despite limitations iposed upon them.
  4. Hopeful people have greater control over how they want to reach their goals and are intrinsically motivated to overcome hurdles along the way.
  5. Hope is more likely to lead to overall life satisfaction.
  6. Greater potential for enhanced well-being over time.
  7. A study found that hope can be a protective barrier against developing chronic anxiety.
  8. A study by Dr. Snyder found that high hope students are more likely to graduate.

What is Hope in Psychology + 7 Exercises & Worksheets


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