Posts by Nicole

Find your Flow

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

Find your Flow

Although the concept of flow is a relatively simple one, actually achieving this state may be more challenging than it seems. This article explains what flow is, what the differences between active engagement and passive pleasure are and what you can do to enhance your experience of flow in your daily life.   What is flow? According to Wikipedia flow is, “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” If this definition is broken down, we can see...

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Cognitive Dissonance and Decision Making

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Featured, Theories | 0 comments

Cognitive Dissonance and Decision Making

How do we make decisions? Are we always in control of the decisions we make or are there other factors beyond our conscious awareness coming into play?   Cognitive dissonance occurs when two conflicting thoughts are held simultaneously. This usually creates anxiety and feelings of discomfort. The aim of the brain is to reduce this sense of unease. The brain does this by rationalising away irrational behaviours and thoughts. For example, let’s say there is an employee of a company who dislikes his job but knows that it is a safe job. Disliking the job yet staying in the job creates...

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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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