Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy (Part Two) ~Self Assignments~

  A number of physical exercises can help shift our unsettled emotional states to calmer, more relaxed feelings—as well as to actually alter to some degree the body’s physiological responses. For maximum effect, they should become part of your daily routine. Don’t wait until a crisis emerges and then plunge into them, looking for a quick fix, although two of them can also be resorted to when emotions are running hot. They take only five or 10 minutes each—a small…

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Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy (Part One)

Stressed-out feelings are very often stoked by self-sabotaging self-talk. It is very easy to catastrophize the situation, along the lines of “I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. It’s absolutely impossible for me to do this.” Off-kilter beliefs such as these are guaranteed to keep the vicious cycle of stress running at full throttle. It’s difficult—if not impossible—to address the true external cause of your stressful feelings without first getting them under control. Can you strengthen your resilience to stress…

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The Reaction of Other Metasciences to the Psychology of Science

Historians of science traditionally have not been much concerned with the general psychological traits and motives involved in the history of science. Ever since Whewell, many historians have documented and described the major events and trends in the history of science, and some, of course, have documented the lives of particular scientists, delving into psychological forces. But on the whole historians have not moved beyond narrative histories of individuals’ lives; they have generally avoided “psychologizing” about individual scientists or even…

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A Psychological Argument for Depth

Our second contention for why profundity produces importance originates from crafted by one of the world’s best-known (and most incorrectly spelled) therapists, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In the mid 1980s, Csikszentmihalyi, working with Reed Larson, a youthful associate at the University of Chicago, designed another method for understanding the mental effect of ordinary practices. At the time, it was hard to precisely gauge the mental effect of various exercises. On the off chance that you brought somebody into a research center and…

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Common research methods

Of course, there are many different ways of testing the research hypotheses. Although this is an oversimplification, the following three general research methods may be distinguished:  experiments; surveys/non-experiments; and observation. This is not a complete list by any means. However, it does include most of the research methods likely to be used by beginning researchers. EXPERIMENTS It is difficult to imagine psychology without experiments. The experimental method is so common in psychological research that it is almost a defining characteristic…

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