What is Instant Gratification? A Definition + 16 Examples and Quotes

What is Instant Gratification? A Definition + 16 Examples and Quotes

Is there something else you should be doing right now? Working on a project? Writing a paper? Putting away that load of laundry that’s been in the dryer for two days? If so, you’re in good company. We all find ourselves distracted from meeting more long-term goals by more enjoyable sh
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Psychology – 10 Examples and Definition (+PDF)

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Psychology: 10 Examples and Definition (+PDF)

Do you ever make a prediction and fancy yourself prescient when your prediction “comes true?” You may not believe yourself to be a fortune-teller, but you likely find yourself to be surprisingly accurate with your predictions at least once in a while. For instance, you may predict tha
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck's Book

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck’s Book

You’ve probably heard of this movement before—it’s swept the nation and the world into a newfound appreciation for the potential to be found in hard work. Of course, working hard has always been valued. We know that working hard (and working smart) is a good way to achieve our goals.
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Learned Helplessness: Seligman's Theory of Depression (+ Cure)

Learned Helplessness: Seligman’s Theory of Depression (+ Cure)

You’ve likely heard about learned helplessness before. It is a cornerstone of some important theories and ideas in psychology, and even some foundational concepts in positive psychology; however, not only is it important in the field itself, it was a relatively widely understood pheno
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40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

What do you think are the most important traits to encourage in a child’s development? This is an inherently personal question, one that will provoke a wide variety of answers from parents, educators, and researchers around the world. There are so many traits and abilities that can ad
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The Upside of Defensive Pessimism: The Potential Benefit of Anxiety

The Upside of Defensive Pessimism: The Potential Benefit of Anxiety

Defensive pessimism is a strategy used by people who are anxious about an upcoming event. While pessimism is often seen as a negative trait, defensive pessimism can be a useful way for someone to harness their anxiety into positive results. This article will walk through what defensiv
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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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Differences between Positive Psychology and The Mental Hygiene Movement

What is The Difference Between Positive Psychology and Mental Hygiene?

Some commenters such as Becker & Marecek, 2008 have pointed out the similarities between positive psychology and earlier social movements as a criticism that positive psychology is not revolutionary. One of these social psychology predecessors is the mental hygiene movement which
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Daily Affirmations: Making Your Life Better One Day at a Time

Have you ever regretted not doing something because you psyched yourself out? Whether it be asking someone out on a date, confronting a family member, or asking the boss for a raise, we tend to overestimate how bad the consequences really are. “We all talk to ourselves. A major
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The Psychology of Willpower: Training the Brain for Better Decisions

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi In 2011, 27% of the respondents of the Stress in America survey reported lack of willpower as the greatest obstacle to change. We rely on willpower to exercise, diet,
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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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Motivation and Wellbeing: Flow and Finding Success

When it comes to motivation, literature still lacks a general concept. Despite the fact that many theories have been typed and tested over the years, we are still unsure what determines what we want. Meanwhile, research in the field of Positive Psychology has come closer to understand
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Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry: 4 Steps To Creating Your Dream Future

“We can’t ignore problems—we just need to approach them from the other side.” – Cooperrider  and Whitney, 2001 When things don’t turn out the way you expected them to and problems arise – what do you do? Often people complain about a problem again and again, and ente
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Growh Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Growth-Mindset Vs. Fixed-Mindset

The Growth-Mindset versus the Fixed-Mindset: Why some people avoid challenges and languish when faced with difficulties, while others thrive and achieve their highest potential? Our mindset is our perceptions or our beliefs about our abilities and qualities such as; our intelligence,
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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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