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July 16, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Mindfulness Is a Trait and a State

July 16, 2021 08:12 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Mindfulness is a trait and a state. Some are more mindful than others and a person can be less or more mindful depending of a situation. Mindfulness is associated with improved wellbeing, emotional intelligence, and stress reduction. It also promotes compassion and moral behaviors. [More]

June 18, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Group Identity Can Influence Your Writing Style

June 18, 2021 07:49 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A 2021 study in Behavior Research Methods reported that people change their writing style to impress their audience. Research suggested this is based on whatever group identity is influencing them at the moment. “We did not assess whether or not a person has an identity, but only the probability that a particular identity is salient in a specific situation. “ [More]

May 14, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Avoiding All Stress Isn’t a Good Idea

May 14, 2021 08:07 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent article on APA PsycNet examined how we regulate stress responses. The authors found that “ altering second-level valuation systems—shifting the valuation of stress from “is bad for me” to “can be good for me”—fundamentally changes the overarching goal of stress regulation from reducing stress to optimizing stress responses to achieve valued goals.” However, we live in a culture that tends to view all stress as negative. Can we change the narrative about stress? [More]

April 9, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Social Prescribing May Benefit Mental Health

April 9, 2021 07:41 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Medical providers are referring primary care patients to non-medical sources of support, often for mental health. “One of the popular activities in pilot studies is suggesting patients engage in activities that support the uptake of new hobbies. These activities relate to other leisure activities such as volunteering in that they provide distraction, novelty, cognitive stimulation, belongingness as well as enhancing coping skills and agency and (when engaged in as part of a group) provide social support.” [More]

February 25, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Women Better At Reading Minds Than Men

February 25, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Psychologists in the UK have developed the first ever mind reading questionnaire designed to assess how well people understand what others are truly thinking. The researchers from the University of Bath, Cardiff and London developed the new questionnaire and in doing so determined that women are much better at understanding what others may be thinking. [More]