How to Use Mental Contrasting to Fulfil your Wishes

“Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.” –Gabriele Oettingen (2014)   “Think Positive”. At some point, someone has probably given you some variation of this popular adage. It is the mott
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How to Get your Desired Behaviour using Operant Conditioning

“If you want a different result you have to choose a different behaviour.” – Dr. Phil   In behavioral psychology, reinforcement is a method of increasing the likelihood of a given behavior. Broadly, there are two types of reinforcement: positive and negative. In this articl
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negativity bias

3 Simple Steps to Overcome Your Negativity Bias

Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar? You received overwhelmingly positive feedback for something (perhaps a school assignment, your performance at work, your outfit, etc.) yet you find yourself fixating on the one or two criticisms. You had an intense argument yesterday,
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Why Positive Psychology is Pioneering in the Psychology Zeitgeist

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” -Alan Kay When we think of the future, of the impact our lives have had in forming the world we live in. What do you picture? The ideas, philosophies, and emotions that drive us today, become our society’s personal
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Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Theory of Meaning

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” – Victor Emil Frankl   Log
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The 10 Traits of a Positive Community

“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” – Paul Ryan Humans are made to live and work with others; we are social beings evolved to exist within communities. The quality of the communities productive to the degr
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The Spectrum from Introversion to Extroversion

“Introverts are dependent on their own inside noise, extroverts are dependent of outside noise. The outputs are dependent on the  quality of those noises.” – Amit K. Ghosh In recent years, the concept of Introversion vs. Extraversion has gained increasing popularity in modern media. U
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Roger’s Actualizing Tendency: Self Actualized is What You are Meant to Be

    Actualizing tendency is a term coined by Rogers to describe an inherent tendency within ourselves to grow and reach our full potential. This is a priori theory which depicts a fundamental construct of human nature- that we are all born with the ability to do great things and devel
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Capitalization and Active Constructive Communication: The Power of Sharing Good News

If we consider the behavioural characteristics (expressive qualities) of our responses to each other (both verbal and non-verbal), we can divide them into two categories; active (overt), and passive (covert). But they can also be characterised either as constructive (positive), or des
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big five theory of personality

The Big Five Personality Theory: The 5 Factors Explained

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin One of the most complex concepts within the field of psychology is personality theory. Surrounding personality theory is an air of mystery and uncertainty that leads to frequent debates among academics. Is per
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