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How to Fight Excessive Doubt

PsyBlog spring.org.uk Should you really question everything? Here’s a simple tip for those prone to over-thinking… A little critical, analytical thinking is a good thing. Without doubting ourselves sometimes we’d find it difficult to make good decisions. Too much doubt, … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)

PsyBlog spring.org.uk What is it like to be fully alive, right now, engaged with what you are doing? That’s the psychology of flow. When the happiness and creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was studying how painters work, he noticed an odd … Continue reading

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Psychological Distance: 10 Fascinating Effects of a Simple Mind Hack

PsyBlog spring.org.uk This mind hack is simple: you imagine yourself way off in the future, or living in a different country or as a different person. The aim is to have that feeling of detachment, of stepping outside yourself, by … Continue reading

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Destructive Daydreams: Why Wishful Thinking is Dangerous

PsyBlog spring.org.uk They say that if you can believe it and dream it, then you can make it come true. It’s clearly not that easy. Indeed psychological research shows that wishful thinking can damage our drive to reach goals: “The … Continue reading

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The Hindsight Bias: I Knew It All Along!

PsyBlog spring.org.uk Going into business for yourself is scary. Despite all the potential rewards, compared with getting a safe job with a big firm, being an entrepreneur means accepting huge risks. All entrepreneurs know that there are no guarantees and … Continue reading

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The Ultimatum Game

PsyBlog spring.org.uk Sometimes games have a lot to teach us about human nature, other times they’re just games. One game that some economists and psychologists claim has much to teach us is called The Ultimatum Game. The game is very … Continue reading

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How to Overcome the Egocentric Bias

PsyBlog Most people are pretty bad at taking advice from others. People don’t mind hearing the advice, they just hate to take it.  This is one facet of what psychologists call the ‘egocentric bias’: the general rule that we think … Continue reading

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Five Effortless Postures that Foster Creative Thinking

PsyBlog Literally sitting outside a box, rather than in it, makes you more creative, according to new psychological research. There are lots of metaphors floating around in creativity. We talk about ‘thinking outside the box’, ‘putting two and two together’ … Continue reading

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What “The Love Bridge” Tells Us About How Thoughts and Emotions Interact

PsyBlog Have you ever wondered why one person can speak in public without apparent nerves while another crumples under pressure? Or why one elite athlete can shake off their nerves to win Olympic gold while another chokes? Even with ample … Continue reading

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