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

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

01 Sep 2018
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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? A Psychologist Explains [+ 14 Brain Plasticity Exercises]

25 Jul 2018
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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 Psychology of Eye Contact Experiments [+Personal Experience]

21 Sep 2017
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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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psychodynamictherapy

What is Psychodynamic Therapy? 5 Tools & Techniques

10 Aug 2017
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“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

07 Jun 2017
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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

22 May 2017
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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 Psychologist’s Definition [+Examples]

05 May 2017
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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)? A Psychologist Explains

03 Apr 2017
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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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therapy

8 DBT Worksheets (PDF) + 12 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

14 Mar 2017
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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

13 Mar 2017
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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  study the art of teaching mindfulness to others. But where
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Positive Psychotherapy: 5 Exercises and Tools for Counselors and Therapists

13 Mar 2017
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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’s Give and Take: 8 Insights on Success and Generosity

07 Mar 2017
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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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mindfulness training

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

13 Feb 2017
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Mindfulness interventions, like positive psychology itself, are focused on bettering peoples’ lives no matter what their situations are. As positive psychology is interested in increasing the well-being of all people, it makes sense for positive psychology to include mindfulness inter
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positive nutrition

Positive Nutrition: How to Improve Well-Being Holistically

30 Dec 2016
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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). Well-being is measured and identified through different factors such as motivational, relational, emotional, and more. Some of the factors that play into s
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Become What You Are Meant to Be With Your Actualizing Tendency

16 Nov 2016
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“Actualizing tendency” is a term describing an inherent tendency within ourselves to grow and reach our full potential. This is an a priori theory which depicts a fundamental construct of human nature—that we are all born with the ability to do great things and develop into the best v
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Positive Psychology Theory in a Nutshell

04 Oct 2016
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Positive psychology complements traditional psychology’s focus on pathology. It studies strengths, virtues, and the factors that contribute to a full and meaningful life.  “Probably the biggest insight is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is
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