Personal Growth

Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

The Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

"Somewhere in our brains we carry a map of our relationships. It is our mother’s lap, our best friend’s holding hand, our lover’s embrace — all these we carry within ourselves when we are alone. Just knowing that these are there to hold us if we fall gives us a sense of peace... Social psychologists call this sense embeddedness. The opposite is perhaps a more familiar term — we call it loneliness." [Read Article]
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8 Tips for Working With People You Don’t Like

"It’s not uncommon for people to have unrealistic expectations about others. We may expect others to act exactly as we would, or say the things that we might say in a certain situation. However, that’s not realistic. 'People have ingrained personality traits that are going to largely determine how they react. Expecting others to do as you would do is setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration.'” [Read Article]
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8 Negative Thought Patterns of Chronically Unhappy People

"Multiple studies have revealed how chronic negative attitudes can adversely affect one’s health, happiness and well-being... All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat."  [Read Article]
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On Creativity: Why Curiosity is Healthier Than Passion

"Passion burns hot and fast, which means it can come and go. Curiosity is so accessible and available, every single day of my life. Only when I was in very deep, medicated depression did I not have curiosity. But most of the time, when you’re stuck, you can think, Is it possible that you can’t find one little tiny thing in the world that is interesting to you? And it may eventually lead you to your passion." [Read Article]
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Why is it so hard to take your own advice?

It's because of "the huge gulf between grasping something intellectually and really feeling it in your bones. For example, it was years ago that I first encountered the insight that anxiety and insecurity aren’t reduced by trying to exert more control over the world; in fact, that usually makes them worse. I know this. But apparently I have to keep learning it, over and over. Its sheer correctness isn’t sufficient for it to burrow lastingly into my brain; that takes repeated experience." [Read Article]

The Healing Power of Beauty: Surprising Psychological Benefits

What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.