Positive Psychology News Daily How to think positive WHEN A PERSON THINKS a negative thought and tries to get rid of it, that person is thinking positively negatively. Daniel M. Wegner of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, has conducted a long string of experiments that show the futility and actual danger of trying to get rid of thoughts. In some of the experiments, Wegner told his subjects, “Try not to think about a white bear.” The subjects were then asked to say aloud everything that came to mind. Of course, thoughts of white bears showed up quite a bit. Trying not to think a negative thought will result in thinking it more. Thinking is like breathing: It goes on night and day and you can’t stop it. The same is true about thinking. So when you find yourself disliking the content of your thoughts, instead of trying to stop yourself from thinking a thought, try to direct your thoughts. And the way to direct your thinking is by asking yourself a question. Of course, the kind of question you ask makes a big difference.
13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits | Zen Habits “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. I could go on, of course, but you get the picture. I’ve not only learned a lot about what you should do when changing habits, but through my failures, I’ve learned about what not to do. And trust me, I’ve had lots of failures. I’ve found failures to be just as important as successes when trying to learn how to improve, especially when it comes to changing habits. I’ve done that, with one failure after another, and would like to share a few things I’ve learned to avoid when trying to change a habit. “Motivation is what gets you started. Taking on two or more habits at once. “We are what we repeatedly do.
Authentic Happiness | Authentic Happiness Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) President Brent Robbins, PhD Brent Dean Robbins, PhD, is director of the psychology program and associate professor of psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has previously served Div. 32 in a number of capacities, including membership chair, member-at-large, conference chair and coordinator, website manager, email list manager and blog editor. Benefits of Membership Your membership includes subscriptions to both the Society for Humanistic Psychology® Newsletter and the sociiety journal The Humanistic Psychologist®, participation in the email list and the opportunity to become acquainted with some of the most accomplished psychologists and therapists in North America. Searching For Synthesis By Christopher D. Is it possible to be both a humanistic psychologist and a social psychologist? Annual Conference The Society for Humanistic Psychology is pleased to invite you to attend its annual conference to be held in Santa Barbara, Calif. from February 28 to March 3, 2013.
Positive Psychology Center Build Self Confidence Self confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you. Perception is reality — the more self confidence you have, the more likely it is you’ll succeed. Although many of the factors affecting self confidence are beyond your control, there are a number of things you can consciously do to build self confidence. 1. Although clothes don’t make the man, they certainly affect the way he feels about himself. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on clothes. 2. One of the easiest ways to tell how a person feels about herself is to examine her walk. 3. Similarly, the way a person carries herself tells a story. 4. One of the best ways to build confidence is listening to a motivational speech. 5. When you focus too much on what you want, the mind creates reasons why you can’t have it. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Too often we get caught up in our own desires. Related Articles:
List of cognitive biases Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral economics. There are also controversies over some of these biases as to whether they count as useless or irrational, or whether they result in useful attitudes or behavior. For example, when getting to know others, people tend to ask leading questions which seem biased towards confirming their assumptions about the person. However, this kind of confirmation bias has also been argued to be an example of social skill: a way to establish a connection with the other person. Although this research overwhelmingly involves human subjects, some findings that demonstrate bias have been found in non-human animals as well. Decision-making, belief, and behavioral biases Many of these biases affect belief formation, business and economic decisions, and human behavior in general. Social biases Memory errors and biases See also 
Division 17 Section on Positive Psychology Reversal Theory Society Welcome to the Reversal Theory website, a resource for researchers, practitioners, and students interested in the ideas and tools of Reversal Theory. The website provides background information about reversal theory, a current bibliography, upcoming conference information, and ways to contact others with interest in the theory. Theory Overview “The primary aim of reversal theory is to show that the various aspects of a wide range of types of experience and behaviour may be explained with reference to certain pairs of states and reversals which occur between them.” (Apter, 1982). Reversal theory emerged in the early 1970s, created and developed by K. This early work led to the description of a dynamic system, based on the concept of the “reversal:” the switching between opposed motivational states. The theory is structured around four domains of experience, each corresponding to two opposed motivational states. Just getting started?
Positivity Central We want to take our science, knowledge and arts about positive psychology, states, feelings and experiences to the next level-- to scientifically explore, elucidate, codify, and create a unified, interwoven, integrated paradigm which collects together existing models so as to evolve a useful, practical Positive Science which spawns a collection of tools, technologies and techniques for optimizing human and social functioning, performance, health and happiness. In a world where there are hundreds of thousands of studies and meetings on what is negative, on what to move away from and eliminate, experts on what's wrong-- we need a positive vision-- somewhere and something to move towards. We need to create a science of things positive-- of Positivity. How far can we go with positive approaches? I started a conference that explores these ideas. I wrote a book based on my ideas about self awareness, self regulation and emotional intelligence, . Ralph Waldo Emerson by Rob Kall