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confirmation bias

You Get What You Expect

The mind often takes the path of least resistance when it comes to processing information; it’s hardwired to hone in on information that generates minimum inconsistency with existing beliefs. To put it simply: people see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear to support their beliefs. This phenomena is called… Read more!

Post traumatic growth

What is Post Traumatic Growth?

The Technical Definition Post-Traumatic Growth is a term psychologists are now using to describe the positive change occurring in an individual after they’ve experienced a highly stressful life event. It refers to the idea that suffering does not have to debilitate a person. In fact, finding a way to endure through significant suffering can actually… Read more!

Nelly Explanatory Style

Why is Nelly so Upset?

Did you know humanoids can take in 11 million bits of information with all five of senses at any give moment? That is a crazy amount of information! Why don’t you go crazy evaluating all that info? Your very smart system filters out most of it so that you only consciously pay attention to about 7 bits… Read more!

What's in your control?

What’s in your control?

What’s in your control in your life and how does it relate to your happiness? Stick with me for a minute, I promise there’s a pay off… From the moment humans are born, they’re interested in which things are under their control. There’s a famous study on a group of infants who are given control… Read more!

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Self-criticism vs. Self-compassion

Who’s the harshest critic in your life? For most, the answer is “me.” Most of us strive to be better people each and every day. We set high expectations for ourselves. So what happens when we don’t meet those expectations? We are harsh – with ourselves. We kick ourselves when we’re down. In fact, we… Read more!

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