What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert's Work

What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert’s Work

The term “affective forecasting” may be a bit off-putting. After all, what in the world can “affective forecasting” mean? Doesn’t forecasting have something to do with the weather? Or perhaps statistical modeling? Predicting sales for next quarter? All of these activities require some
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What is Neuroplasticity? Definition + 14 Brain Plasticity Exercises

Our brains are truly amazing, aren’t they? Have you ever watched one of those specials on someone who experienced amazing, unexpected recovery after a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other brain damage? Some of those stories seem like the only explanation is magic! Although it cert
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The International Eye Contact Experiment: September 23, 2017

The International Eye Contact Experiment: September 23, 2017

We are soft-wired to feel other people’s emotions just by looking at them. Without any words, we feel their joy, fear or anger. Responsible for this connection are brain cells called mirror neurons. But with many social interactions taking part online, where have real connections gone
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What is Psychodynamic Therapy? 5 Tools & Techniques

“How does that make you feel?” This question is probably quite familiar to you. It is the question most often used in pop culture to indicate or reference therapy. It is also the hallmark of psychodynamic therapy. Ironically, this phrase that immediately calls to mind the practice of
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Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

Originally developed in an organizational context, the concept of Psychological Capital with its four pillars of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO) has been linked to job as well as life satisfaction. While every component has its own characteristics and interventions, th
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30 Best CBT Books to Teach Yourself Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

30 Best CBT Books to Teach Yourself Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that has been used for decades to treat a variety of disorders, from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and insomnia. One of the exciting aspects of CBT is that it can either be used by therapists to treat their clients o
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self-actualization

What is Self-Actualization: A Definition + Examples [2018 Update]

The concept of self-actualization is best known in the field of psychology in the context of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The decades-old idea is certainly an area of interest in modern psychology research, but many still only know it as the top of Maslow’s motivational pyrami
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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? CBT's Definition & Meaning

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? CBT’s Definition & Meaning

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy which has become a crucial part of psychology. While it was originally formulated as a treatment for depression, it is now involved in the treatment of many different disorders. This article will define CBT, present a brief
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Your #1 DBT Resource (12 Skills + PDF)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an interestingly named treatment. With no prior knowledge of what it is, it would be hard to figure out what it is a treatment for! If you’re as lost as I was when I first heard the term, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, you will lear
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history of mindfulness

History of Mindfulness: From East to West and From Religion to Science

Here at the Positive Psychology Program, we have been discussing several different aspects of mindfulness for the past few weeks. In particular, we have explored various ways to learn about mindfulness, practice it, and even where to study the art of teaching mindfulness to others. Bu
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Positive Psychotherapy: 5 Exercises and Tools for Counsellors and Therapists

Positive psychotherapy: the term almost seems self-contradictory. The word “psychotherapy” often evokes images of nerve-wracked patients reclining on couches, a stern therapist with furrowed brows and a notepad, and a deep uneasiness linked to the identification and analysis of every
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Adam Grant giver and taker

Adam Grant’s Give and Take: 8 Insights on Success and Generosity

Adam Grant is known as being the most popular full-time professor at the Wharton School. His popularity has gone far beyond educational institutions, as he managed to win accolades from Business Week and even Malcolm Gladwell. Apart from being one of the best writers and sociologists
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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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mindfulness training

32 Mindfulness Trainings, (Online) Courses, Programs, Workshops & Degrees

As positive psychology is interested in increasing the well-being of all people, it makes sense for positive psychology to include mindfulness interventions. This is because mindfulness interventions, like positive psychology itself, are focused on bettering peoples’ lives no matter w
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positive nutrition

Positive Nutrition: How to Improve Well-Being Holistically

One of the main goals of positive psychology is to increase well-being in all aspects of a person’s life (see the Wheel of Life). There are all sorts of mental well-being to be identified such as motivational, relational, emotional, etc. Some of the factors that play into someone’s ph
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Positive Cardiovascular Health: 5 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease

“With a healthy heart, the beat goes on.” Central to human life is a healthy heart and sadly heart disease currently ranks as the most common cause of death in both men and women. This scary and preventable fact has sent cardiologists around the world on the hunt for the best ways to
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