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Bibliotherapy is the practice of encouraging reading for its therapeutic effect.
This first use of this term dates back to 1916 from an article named A Literary Clinic. In the article, the author describes a "bibliopathic institute" where reading recommendations are dispensed. The books must do something to you. They may be a stimulant, sedative, an irritant or a soporific.
All people experience negative or troubling thoughts from time to time. Worry helps us to anticipate and prepare for the challenges in life.
But for some, worry can be persistent and overwhelming. People who worry a lot can become depressed and shift to a negative outlook on life.
Behavioral economists show that when humans make quick decisions under pressure, it is based mostly on intuition. They are unconsciously guided by biases and psychological fallacies.
The nudge theory suggests making subtle interventions to nudge people to make certain choices without restricting them. Putting the fruit at eye level counts as a nudge.
Decision making is a complex process, that engages both reasoning and emotions. Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.
Still, we often tend to highlight the negative role of emotions in decision making.
Social structure is the organized set of social institutions and patterns of institutionalized relationships that together make up a society.
Social structures are not immediately visible, but they are always there and affect all dimensions of our experience. They operate on three levels: macro, meso, and micro levels.