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This Is the Age When Your Self-Esteem Is Highest, Study Says | Time

A new study looks at how self-esteem changes with age, beginning from childhood to old age. Here's when self-esteem is highest.

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What do gut decisions reveal about us?

A new study compares the psychological effects of intuitive decisions based on the proverbial gut feeling with decisions made after careful deliberation.

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Who to trust: Study shows guilt-prone people are more trustworthy — Quartz at Work

New research from the University of Chicago suggests trustworthiness is actually linked to guilt.

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Moral Outrage Can Backfire When It Goes Viral - Pacific Standard

As negative comments accumulate, they start to come across as bullying—even if they're justified.

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Five myths about anger - The Washington Post

No, venting and breaking things won’t really calm your rage.

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Study: 1 In 4 College Students Diagnosed With Mental Health Condition - Study Finds

College brings about new experiences and challenges for young adults that can be difficult to adapt to and overcome, so perhaps it's no surprise that a new study reports high rates of stress and mental health conditions among students.

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How to Stop Taking Everything Personally | Psychology Today

When you engage in this type of thinking, you see yourself as the cause of things you're not responsible for. For this reason, personalization is also a major source of self-blame.

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Smile! Happiness After 60 Key To Living Longer, Study Claims

Happiness could be the key to a longer life, a new study finds. Researchers from the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore found that the happier a person is, the more likely they'll enjoy a greater lifespan.

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Seven Ways to Help Someone with Anxiety

Simple tools to better support your loved ones without trying to fix them.

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10 Studies That Show The Advantages of Feeling Down – Research Digest

By Christian Jarrett As human beings, there's no avoiding feeling sad – as R.E.M. put it "everybody cries, and everybody hurts sometimes". We usually think of this as an unpleasant state, and for those of us who want to minimise our miserable

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What is synesthesia?

People with synesthesia experience unique perceptual cross-overs, such as associating letters or sounds to colors. Learn more about it in this Spotlight.

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Morning depression: Causes, symptoms, and how to cope

Diurnal variations are types of depression that cause symptoms to get worse at certain times of the day. Morning depression is a common diurnal variation. In this article, learn about the symptoms and risk factors for morning depression, as well as the tr

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What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone

Do you want to be there for a loved one, but don't know how? Here are some techniques to help you 'hold space' for people in need.

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The Key Role of Body Image in Happy Relationships | Psychology Today

Feeling comfortable in your own skin would seem to be an important contributor to happiness. New research shows body image also affects relationship quality.

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Surprising Facts About Body Language and Your Emotions | Psychology Today

You are undoubtedly aware that your face communicates your emotional state, but new research shows the surprising ways that your entire body language contributes to the process.

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Study: High-Empathy People Process Music Differently In The Brain - Study Finds

People who more deeply feel the happiness or sadness of others process music differently in the brain than people who do not possess such high levels empathy, a new study finds.

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Simply Fearing The Day Will Be Stressful Worsens Memory, Focus, Productivity - Study Finds

Just believing your day will be stressful worsens your working memory and cause you to be less productive and make a day at the office even harder, a new study finds.

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What Does it Mean to Be a Man? | The On Being Project

What would it mean to rethink our definition of masculinity? Jonathan P. Higgins calls for an unlearning of our warped understanding of what it means to be a man, and a new definition that makes space for wholeness.

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Flat Minds | Psychology Today

Almost everything we think we know about our own minds is wrong. Perhaps that's progress.

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The Middle Child Is Going Extinct

Middle children are empaths, peacemakers, negotiators. And as more American families choose to have only one or two children, they’re becoming an endangered species.

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New Study: The Genetics of Staying in School - The Atlantic

Researchers have found 1,271 gene variants associated with years of formal education. That’s important, but not for the obvious reasons.

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Reducing trait anxiety by implanting false positive memories – Research Digest

The results suggest it may be possible to exploit the known malleability of memory to edit people's very sense of self. By Christian Jarrett

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Stress affects people with schizophrenia differently: Strategies for coping with stress and building resilience may prov

Stressful situations affect the brain and body differently in people with schizophrenia compared to people without the mental illness or individuals at high risk for developing psychosis, a new study shows. The relationship between two chemicals released

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The Edge Effect: People Who Have Deep Relationships with Foreigners are More Creative

There is great comfort in the familiar. It's one reason humans often flock to other people who share the same interests, laugh at the same jokes, hold the same political views. But familiar ground may not be the best place to cultivate creativity. From sc

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The surreal, sad story behind the acclaimed new doc 'Three Identical Strangers'

The incredible true story of triplets separated at birth and reunited years later unfolds in the documentary 'Three Identical Strangers'

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Do You Like ‘Dogs Playing Poker’? Science Would Like to Know Why - The New York Times

A growing number of psychologists are focusing their studies on aesthetics and the question of why we like what we like.

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The Key To Success Could Be Your Attitude – Not Your Intelligence | Thrive Global

According to new research from Stanford University, it may be time to change your mindset.

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This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood | Science | Smithsonian

What clownfish stepfathers and Dad-of-the-Year foxes teach us about paternal neurochemistry in the animal kingdom

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What is love– An inventory of the meaningful life.

An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.

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Is There Scientific Proof of Psychic Ability?

New research argues that legitimate, statistically significant evidence for psi, or psychic ability, does exist, despite the predominance of criticism and mockery of such studies in the psychology field.

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Are Male and Female Brains Biologically Different? - The Atlantic

The scientific debate around this question keeps raging, but one neuroscientist says we’re more alike than we think.

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Tuning in to Our Amazing Auditory System

Welcome to the Monitor on Psychology digital edition! This interactive format allows you to easily read, share with friends, and click on web links to get further resources.

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If You Think a Friend Might Be Suicidal, Ask

Don’t let your anxiety or worries about triggering someone hold you back.

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Beneath the Mask of Toughness: What I Lost on the Wrestling Mat

“For a long time, I thought wrestling had changed me. Yet wrestling did not erase my fear — it only made my body stronger, more the equal of my heart.” A former wrestler reflects on the strength the sport was able to give him — and the courage he

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The 2 Lessons About Happiness That Completely Changed My Mindset

Don't avoid the negative thoughts you may be having. Instead, draw from these ideas to help change your mindset.

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What Are Sunday Scaries? And How Can You Handle Them?

We sat down with Megan Murk, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, to learn simple ways to manage the Sunday Scaries at home.

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Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism

A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to a growing body of research describing genetic contribut

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Americans Are More Socially Isolated, but Less Lonely

What's the difference between social isolation and loneliness? And why is one rising while the other one is declining over time?

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Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become "truth" -- even when it isn't. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect but it certainl

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12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety comes in many forms—panic attacks, anxiety attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between a disorder and "normal"

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Loneliness Rivals Obesity, Smoking as Health Risk

A new survey finds nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time.

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How Useful Is Fear? - The Atlantic

Evolution has installed phobias in humans that are proving hard to shake.

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What Is Anxiety Contagion?

Research shows that the human brain can pick up on and experience stress felt by our partners and friends.

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The 7 Thought-Habits of Highly Self-Confident People

Do you wish you had more self-esteem? These 7 thinking habits will help you become more confident and mentally strong.

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Why You Need to Be Good at Reading Your Emotions | Psychology Today

Being able to read other people’s emotions is important for your relationships, but according to new research, it’s just as important to read your own with clarity.

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Rewiring Your Avoidant, Anxious, or Fearful Attachment Style

Sometimes it's less about figuring things out and more about practicing behaviors that will help rewire your emotional system and give you the freedom to change.

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What Makes Complex Trauma So Complex?

"Complex trauma" is a term increasingly used to describe multiple instances of trauma, the effects of which are cumulative and experienced over time.

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I Belong, Therefore I Am? | The Immeasurable

What does group behavior tell us about the inner life of individuals? The perils of identity and why we want to belong to groups. I Belong, Therefore I Am?

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The Fascinating Science Behind Why We See 'Faces' In Objects

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Study Finds 44 Genetic Variants Linked to Depression

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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Stop Giving Toxic People Your Time

Do you ever get upset about the nasty behavior of your co-workers, friends, or even family? Well, if you let others upset you, it’s not their fault. Toxic people have only one goal: To cause mayhem. My advice? Avoid all toxic people!

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Four Ways to Feel Happier and Enjoy Your Happiness

We think of happiness as a desirable state — unless you fear that your happiness will be fleeting. The latest research shows 4 ways to become, and stay, happy and enjoy the moment.

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A New Approach to Understanding Social Anxiety

There’s more to social anxiety disorder than just its symptoms says new research

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The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

The emerging field of “nutritional psychiatry” is exploring how the food you eat can affect your risk of depression.

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How to Be Better at Uncertainty

The benefits of uncertainty include better decision-making, increased empathy, and increased creativity.

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(Just)ification

Funny thing about this word… We use it to imply “merely” when what we really mean is just the opposite. “Can you just tweak this design?” “Can you just re-write this page?” “Can you just tell us wh…

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Getting to the Root of the Problem: Stem Cells Are Revealing New Secrets about Mental Illness

A fresh wave of research involves reprogramming ordinary skin cells into those found in the brain

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There Is Always Another Part: An Origin Story

How one author's words led me to an insight which continues to shape both my personal and professional lives.

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The Shape of Bipolarity

Much of what is communicated about bipolar disorder doesn’t come close to conveying its complexities or subtleties.

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The Shy Person’s Guide to Being the Center of Attention

For situations where all eyes are going to be on you — your birthday, your wedding, even a work presentation — there are ways to make the spotlight a little less uncomfortable.

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How to Stop Walking on Eggshells

It’s hard to fully be yourself in any meaningful relationship when you have to be too careful – when there is even the slightest sensation of eggshells underfoot. Filtering oneself, whatever …

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7 Women on Realizing They Were in an Abusive Relationship

Women explain how they learned to recognize the signs of physical and emotional abuse from their partners, whether on their own or through interventions from friends and family.

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Why it’s time to invest in yourself

Leaving the corporate 9 to 5 to invest in your health and wellbeing, in your skills and career capital, and, ultimately, in your future

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Fear Is Nothing to Be Feared

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR once famously declared. But was he right?

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6 New Things Researchers Learned About Single People in 2017

The studies say it’s a pretty great time to be flying solo – more people than ever are living alone, opting not to marry, and leading fulfilling single lives (with lots of sex).

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6 New Things Researchers Learned About Single People in 2017

The studies say it’s a pretty great time to be flying solo – more people than ever are living alone, opting not to marry, and leading fulfilling single lives (with lots of sex).

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Stress and How Emotions Affect Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to