What Is Projective Identification & How It Works in Everyday Life

Projective identification is a complex psychological phenomenon that can be used as a defense mechanism and as a tool of interpersonal communication. In this post, we will explore how this theory is defined and consider some examples of how it works in everyday life. What is projection? To understand projective…

How Distinction Bias Is Tricking You into Making the Wrong Choices

We all like to think we are in control of our decisions, but these are often influenced by many factors around us, leading our thought processes in one direction. What is distinction bias? Distinction bias is the influence of making a choice when presented with two similar options side by…

What Is Slippery Slope Fallacy and How to Handle It in an Argument

The slippery slope argument is frequently used in a variety of contexts from our own internal reasoning to political propaganda. It takes the view that a certain action will lead to a specific chain of events, usually resulting in a negative outcome. But how helpful is this argument and why…

What Is Projection Bias and How to Avoid It at Work

What you believe is true and what is actually true may not be the same thing, and this can lead us to projection bias. When you’re working on an important project or just working with others, it’s important to understand other people are different from ourselves. If we are focused…

The Backfire Effect: Why Is It So Difficult for Us to Change Our Minds?

We all suffer from biases in our own thinking, but the backfire effect is one of the most counterintuitive. What Is the Backfire Effect? Most of us tend to question our beliefs when we find evidence which doesn’t agree with them. The natural response to differing information is to adjust…

How to Overcome Mental Blocks with These 3 Science-Backed Strategies

Mental blocks are stressful and sometimes painful things to experience and quite hard to overcome. When you have a mental block, your own brain is preventing the recall of memories or your ability to understand something. Remember your school days. Did you ever feel like no matter how many times…

Are You Living Inside an Echo Chamber? 9 Ways to Break Free

You may have heard there will be an election in the UK before Christmas. Now, don’t worry, this article is not about politics. I’m not about to start banging on about which political party you should vote for. I bring up the election because it highlighted a situation I hadn’t…

What Is Overgeneralization? How It’s Impairing Your Judgment and How to Stop It

Overgeneralization is a common way of thinking which is rarely referred to by its real name but is done by almost everyone. Most of us do it at least a little. But some of us allow ourselves to dive so deep into overgeneralizing almost everything that our mental health is…

4 Signs of Toxic Positivity That Ruins Your Life and How to Avoid It

Toxic positivity is a fairly new phenomenon. It has appeared almost directly as a result of the “good life” social media image and the rise of mental health awareness. In theory, more awareness and concern for mental health is a great thing. We've worked so hard to achieve global concern,…