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The Nuts and Bolts behind Procrastination

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Featured, Lifestyle | 0 comments

The Nuts and Bolts behind Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates. There’s no disputing it. When deadlines are fast approaching who hasn’t switched on the TV or opened Facebook and scrolled for hours to put off completing the task at hand? There is a difference, however, between procrastinating occasionally and procrastinating chronically.   There has been a great deal of research into the psychology behind procrastination. Results of empirical studies have shown that personality traits, mood and cognition are behind procrastinating. For instance, psychologist Piers Steel claims that people who do not procrastinate tend to...

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How motivated are you?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

How motivated are you?

“When you perceive choice, you perceive motivation.” This is a quote by Ellen Langer, a Harvard professor of psychology. This provides the framework for research into the psychology of motivation.   In an inspiring TedTalk, Scott Geller, Alumni Professor at Virginia Tech, claimed that self-motivation is all about feeling empowered. According to Geller, self-motivation derives from the perception of competence, consequences, choice and community. All four are crucial in determining how motivated someone is. Firstly, competence means that it is imperative to feel accomplished and that...

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The Strange Situation

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Featured, Ground-Breaking Experiments | 0 comments

The Strange Situation

Mary Ainsworth was a pioneer in research into early attachment theory. She became famous for her assessment technique in identifying different attachment styles in infants. Her technique was the Strange Situation.   The Strange Situation involved approximately 100 middle class American mothers and infants. The infant’s ages ranged between 12 and 18 months. The experiment was set up in a playroom with one way glass in order for the researchers to observe what was happening. The assessment involved eight different steps: The experimenter, mother, and baby are in the room together The...

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Burnout…

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Featured, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Burnout…

What is burnout? Is it the same as stress? Is it a mental or physical condition? And finally can it be cured easily? This article identifies some of the causes, symptoms and preventative strategies for people experiencing burnout.   According to Help Guide, “burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” It is a gradual process which could be symptomatic of depression or due to ineffective coping mechanisms. Contrary to popular belief, burnout is not the same as stress or the result of simply working long hours. Stress...

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Is autism under-diagnosed in girls?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Disorders, Featured | 0 comments

Is autism under-diagnosed in girls?

The short answer is: most probably. Autism is a highly stereotyped disorder whereby boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls are. Recent research, however, shows that girls are being overlooked or diagnosed with other disorders since they are better at masking their autistic traits. The lack of diagnosis, intervention and treatment for girls can hinder them in many ways and can even lead the development of other serious disorders, such as anorexia nervosa.   Boys with autism tend to receive clinical attention due to disruptive behaviour and language delay....

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