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.
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.
How to feel better now What makes you happy? I find directly pursuing happiness is difficult to do. Many times the things we think will make us happy fail to do so. Instead I like to focus on growth and developing a strong life philosophy that can guide you through tough times and help you enjoy successes. But what about feeling good right now? Hack One: Goals Nothing creates a bigger jolt of enthusiasm than a new inspiring vision of the future. Hack Two: Chores Procrastination sucks. Hack Three: Laugh Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Hack Four: Aid Help someone who needs it. Hack Five: Socialize One of the leading evolutionary theories for explaining the size of the human brain is our complex social structure. Hack Six: Inspiration Find something to get you inspired, even if just for a short time. Hack Seven: Exercise Exercise releases various chemicals into your brain which leave you feeling good. Hack Eight: Posture Change the way you hold your body to reflect someone who is happier. Hack Nine: Music
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?
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CNS Spectrums: The Future of Depression Psychopharmacology CNS Spectr. 2008;13(8):682-687 Dr. Belmaker is assistant director at Beer-Sheva Mental Health Center at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Faculty Disclosure: The author does not have an affiliation with or financial interest in any organization that might pose a conflict of interest. Acknowledgment: The author would like to dedicate this article to the memory of William Pollin, MD, his mentor at The National Institute of Mental Health, whose skepticism never reduced his enthusiasm. Submitted for publication: April 7, 2008; Accepted for publication: July 23, 2008. Please direct all correspondence to: Robert H. Along with the development of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors there has been a tremendous widening of the definition of depression and an impressive decrease in the placebo-drug difference in controlled studies. No one in 1950 would have predicted the development of the soon to be discovered antidepressant and antipsychotic compounds. 1.
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.