explanatory styles optimism

Explanatory Styles: How to Boost Optimism and Develop a Balanced Mindset

Is it more difficult to identify different shades of green, or the difference between green and blue? If you chose the second task, I’m betting you weren’t raised in the Himba tribe of northern Namibia. This is because the Himba color naming system differs drastically from
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The Upside of Defensive Pessimism: The Potential Benefit of Anxiety

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf…” Defensive pessimism is a phenomenon in which people imagine worst-case scenarios to manage their anxiety. But what defensive pessimists do next is an essential strategy for dealing with stress: They come up with strategies to avoid
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learned optimism half full cup

Learned Optimism: The Cup Half Full

If you’ve ever taken an introductory psychology class, one thing that you’re bound to encounter is ‘the cup’. Now, this cup is unique in the fact that scholars and non scholars alike seem to wage a fierce debate over the contents of said cup. One side says that this prover
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meaning definitions

On the Meaning of Meaning: What Are We Really Looking For?

“The question of meaning is not really one question but actually represents a cipher for a vast number of further questions. And it is by no means obvious whether these questions are answerable at all; neither do we know with any certainty into which area of expertise the respon
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dispositional optimism

Dispositional Optimism: How Far Can You Go?

Dispositional optimism can be defined as an expectation that more good and desirable things will happen than bad things will happen to us in the future (Scheier and Carver, 1985). This is a an expectation that can also be a part of someone’s personality trait, as there are some
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Why a Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Why a Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: The Benefits of Smiling and Laughter

Smiling and laughter are simple expressions, but experiencing them can make any normal situation into something special. Whether it’s the surprise of a stranger smiling at you on the subway, or the comfort of your boss laughing with you about some joke, there is something magica
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