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Too Much Praise

Filed in Behavioral Psychology by on July 25, 2014
Too Much Praise

If you use any positive reinforcement too much it ceases to be a positive reinforcement and just becomes par for the course. Sure it’s pleasant for the organism, but it won’t have any effect on future behavior. Remember that the point of a reinforcement, positive or negative, is to make the behavior being reinforced more […]

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Secondary Losses

Filed in Existential Psychology, Grief by on July 25, 2014
Secondary Losses

Grieving is a confusing process for various reasons. The one we want to talk about here is that people are not always conscious of all the secondary losses they must confront along with their primary loss. The primary loss is the loved one who has died. Dealing with this is hard enough on its own. […]

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Happiness Through Subtraction

Filed in Emotions, Existential Psychology by on July 24, 2014
Happiness Through Subtraction

We usually think of happiness in a positive sense, meaning that by adding certain elements to our lives the state of happiness will be attained. These might be money, possessions, knowledge, fame, recognition, friends, or whatever. But maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong. In yoga class you’ll often hear the instructor say “Cast […]

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Boredom

Boredom

Boredom is a scourge in our times, which on the surface seems rather strange since never in the history of humanity have there been more available diversions to engage our attention. But the fact that people are still capable of being bored all the time despite all those outlets should clue you in to the […]

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Afraid To Be Yourself

Filed in Abuse, Existential Psychology by on July 23, 2014
Afraid To Be Yourself

If all your relationships were healthy or if all your relationships were abusive you’d actually kind of have a tough time figuring out whether your relationships with specific individuals were healthy or abusive. Of course the goal should be to surround yourself with people who support you and are concerned with your growth and happiness, […]

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Focus On Who You Are And Who You Can Be

Focus On Who You Are And Who You Can Be

If you see yourself as a static, unchanging entity whose personality and attributes are set what you gain is powerful protection against existential anxiety but what you lose is the chance to become who you really are. If you focus exclusively on the future you gain the chance to grow but you lose the chance […]

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End On A High Note

Filed in Behavioral Psychology, Motivation by on July 23, 2014
End On A High Note

Good animal trainers instinctively know to end sessions on a high note. The way they accomplish this trick is by cuing the animal to perform a behavior that has already been mastered and therefore usually doesn’t garner a positive reinforcement, but this time it does receive praise and a treat. In this way, no matter […]

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