CategoryPsychology

Why Are Men Attracted to Women Who Wear Makeup?

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Those with any interest in psychology will be familiar with the idea of ‘evolutionary’ psychology. This is basically a set of theories that describes our behaviour in terms of evolution and survival value – if a particular behaviour or trait helped us to survive in the wild, then it would have been selected for by natural selection and would have persisted. Those...

A Powerful Tip for Coping With Negative Emotions

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Coping with powerfully negative emotions can often be very difficult and when we’re in this frame of mind, it can often feel as though the whole world is out to get us. When we’re feeling truly low, these emotions can end up spilling into every other aspect of our lifestyle, causing us to question our careers, our relationships and even our self-worth. Unfortunately these negative emotions are a...

Are You a Slave to Your Identity? How Your Self-Perception Can Become a Prison

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Do you choose your identity, or does it choose you? This might sound like one of those abstract and ultimately meaningless questions but it’s well worth considering. In computer games, particularly role playing games, we are often given the opportunity to pick which character we want to play with, or to create them from the ground up. In real life though, there is no such thing as a...

How to Become Socially Fearless With Hypothesis Testing

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In this article, we are going to be looking at one technique used by psychologists and therapists and applying it in a different context. Specifically, we’ll be using this strategy to overcome social anxiety to the point of becoming socially fearless. Sounds interesting, right? Hypothesis testing is one of the key principles taught in cognitive behavioral therapy. As a form of psychotherapeutic...

How to Cope With Bereavement

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Few events are as traumatic as the death of a loved one, and yet most have no idea how to respond when it occurs. The subject of death remains largely taboo in modern, secular societies. Whereas people were once guided through the grieving process and comforted by faith, ritual, and tradition, most are now left to “get over it” for a week or two, then expected back at the office...

Are You ‘Too Nice’? Why (Some) Nice Guys Finish Last

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If you’re someone who is constantly going out of their way to help others, who makes excuses for people who let you down and who is always trying to see the best in others, then you may from time to time have been accused by friends and family of being ‘too nice’. Now this sounds like an oxymoron at first but essentially what it implies is that you go too easy on people and that...

The Psychology of Highly Productive Flow States

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In business, in sports and in martial arts, there exists a state of mind known as ‘flow’. This flow state is an almost mythical level of consciousness, during which the person experiencing it is able to focus completely undistracted on a single task without distraction. This then enables them to maintain the most efficient possible performance on that task; completing huge amounts of...

What Is Schadenfreude? Why We’re All a Little Sick in the Head…

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Have you ever seen someone get fired, get dumped or fall over and find that you kind of enjoyed it? You might be alarmed to think that you somehow take pleasure in other people’s misfortune – it doesn’t sound very kind after all – but in fact it’s a completely normal part of being human and nothing to feel bad about. It’s called ‘Schadenfreude’ and it’s really rather interesting… Where Does it...

What Is the Name Letter Effect? And Why Is Adam More Confident Than Zack?

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Most of us are quite oblivious to the many different things that shape our personalities, our psychologies and our lives. We tend to think (and hope) that we are the masters of our fate, but actually there are many much more powerful forces at work that define our destiny. I’m not talking about metaphysical forces here either – rather I’m talking about the huge effect that some of the tiniest...

An Examination of Jung and Frankl’s Views on Man’s Search for Meaning

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What is it that drives us? What is it that helps give our lives direction and purpose when none is forthcoming? If you were to believe the writing of Friedrich Nietzsche then you might answer that man’s ‘will to power’ is what drives him. Then again, if you were to look at the works of Freud then you might suggest that our sex drive is behind everything we do – that the ‘Eros’ imperative is our...

Adam Sinicki

Adam Sinicki

Adam Sinicki is a full time writer who spends most of his time in the coffee shops of London. Adam has a BSc in psychology and is an amateur bodybuilder with a couple of competition wins to his name. His other interests are self improvement, general health, transhumanism and brain training. As well as writing for websites and magazines, he also runs his own sites and has published several books and apps on these topics.

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