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How Symbols and Meanings Affect Our Perception in the Modern World

By |2019-11-18T14:45:54+03:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

Do you get hungry when you see the golden arches of McDonald's? Are you proud when you think about your National flag? You might not think these two things are connected, but they are. They are both symbols, and although they have very different meanings, they demonstrate how they affect our perception. Symbols and Meanings [...]

4 Systematic Desensitization Techniques to Use to Fight Your Anxiety and Fears

By |2019-11-13T11:52:22+03:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , , , |

How would you like to learn a few ways to battle your anxiety and fears? Well, systematic desensitization may be the answer. During my lifetime, and that’s been 4 decades, I’ve tried everything I could think of to eliminate or even alleviate my anxiety. Some things helped pretty well, while other things just seemed like [...]

The Science of Sensation-Seeking: Why Some People Love Risky and Scary Stuff

By |2019-11-07T17:15:37+03:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you the sort of person that loves horror films? Or do you hide behind a cushion at the scary parts? Psychologists call the behaviour of people who love scary movies sensation-seeking. But what draws some of us to risky and scary stuff and not others? The Science of Sensation-Seeking I remember I have always [...]

The Psychology of Nostalgia: Why Do We Feel a Longing for the Past?

By |2019-11-03T19:17:46+03:00November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

Should we dwell on the past? Until recently, psychologists would likely have argued not to. However, longing for the past, otherwise known as nostalgia, is now gaining recognition as a useful tool for people fighting anxiety and depression. As a result, nostalgia is a growing focus of global inquiry and research in psychology. In this [...]

Saudade: A Profound Emotional State You’ve Probably Experienced

By |2019-11-01T12:35:01+03:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: History & Archaeology, Psychology & Mental Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , |

Saudade is a Portuguese word. Its meaning is so complex that cannot be translated into one single word. It has a notoriously complicated definition which can be difficult to explain. There is no English word that it translates to, instead, we use entire phrases, to sum up, its depth. Saudade is often thought to be [...]

Hot-Cold Empathy Gap: the Hidden Root of Judgments and Misunderstandings

By |2019-10-22T23:53:44+03:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Personality, Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you have a hard time understanding the actions of others, you may be suffering from the hot-cold empathy gap. Psychologists are constantly trying to understand human behavior. However, it can be almost impossible to predict how an individual will act in a given situation. We can even struggle to rationalize our own behavior upon [...]

What Causes a Fear of Commitment, 6 Signs You Have It and How to Cope with It

By |2019-10-22T16:55:11+03:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Personality, Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you have a fear of commitment? How do you even know whether you or someone you love struggles with this issue? What are the ways you can tackle this irrational fear? “What are you doing on Friday? Can we meet up in the evening?” (Painfully awkward pause) “I’m not sure. Let me get back [...]

Ennui: an Emotional State You’ve Experienced but Didn’t Know the Name for

By |2019-10-20T12:06:21+03:00October 20th, 2019|Categories: Personal Development, Psychology & Mental Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , |

Ennui (pronounced on-we) is a word we’ve stolen from the French language and literally translates to “Boredom” in English. While the translation is quite simple though, the meaning we’ve given it is much more complex. It describes a much deeper feeling than that of being bored. Moreover, you’ve probably felt it before even if you [...]