acceptance

Does Acceptance Make Me Too Passive or a Stronger Individual? 

Acceptance is the decision to work with some specific reality (e.g., “I need to monitor my food intake so I won’t gain weight easily anymore”) or situation (e.g., “The place has been a mess. I must share household responsibilities with my parents/spouse so that meals will be served on time, the house will be cleaner, […]

angry

What’s the Difference Between Crazy and Upset? 

You’ve had times when you wonder “Am I crazy or just upset?” and then you wish you knew how to figure out the answer. So many people experience the same question. Some of us know how to recognize one problem from the other. You will too, in about a minute. Sometimes people have lost their […]

priming

What is Priming? 

The priming effect is when the introduction of one stimulus impacts how people respond to subsequent stimulus. L. L. Jacoby provides the definition as an increased sensitivity to certain stimuli due to prior experience. Cognitive psychologists suggest priming activates an association in our memories rapidly, before the next stimulus is introduced. It is an unconscious […]

fixedness

The Truth About Functional Fixedness

Imagine yourself sitting down during a hot Sunday afternoon with a book in hand. Then, the power goes out and the A/C stops. Now, you’re sweating. What can you do? If your first instinct is not to use something, like the book in your hand, as a fan, you may have functional fixedness. Functional fixedness […]

panic attack

How to Stop Panic Attacks

Worry, stress, and fear are all feelings that most people have experienced; life is full of times that cause us to feel a sense of unease, frustration, or difficulty thinking things through without feeling some sort of anxiety. While this is a natural part of life, some people experience such significant amounts of worry or […]

deindividuation

The Dangers of Deindividuation

Deindividuation is an aspect of group-think. The people involved are focused on conformity with a line of thought; they end up making rash, problematic decisions that promote unity within the group but harm the participating individual and their victims. Self-doubt, plus critical thinking skills such as analysis and a sense of ethics/morality are sacrificed for […]

Kleptomania

Let’s Understand Kleptomania

Maybe you have heard of mania or being manic before. If you have not, mania are periods of high excitement and even euphoria often accompanied by delusions and over activity. Mania can look like someone who feels the obsessive need to reorganize their whole house at 2:00am or someone who suddenly quits their job to […]

love yourself

How to Love Yourself

As we grow, we meet various milestones in our lives, from learning how to walk and talk, learning fundamentals about the world, and going through puberty, all in the ultimate goal of developing into an independent adult. One developmental milestone that many do not immediately identify is the development of emotional intelligence, or the ability […]