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Blog posts : "emotions"

How Our Words and Feelings Influence Each Other

July 6, 2014

Maybe you have noticed that many positively charged words contain the “i” sound (e.g., like, high), while many negatively charged words have an “o” sound (e.g. lonely, low).

Some scientists noticed this is true in many languages, and wondered why. Their research shows that the way our mouth…

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Parents, kids, and anger: Emotions are a message, not a problem

January 8, 2013

People who counsel adults know how crucial it is for children to have good role models for managing emotions. Unfortunately, many problematic emotional habits get handed down from one generation to the next, especially where anger is concerned.   

Looking at this issue has nothing to do with assi…

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The Four Faces of Nostalgia: Tis the Season

December 9, 2012
Have you ever read a quote that makes an instant, permanent path in your neural network? It might be the words of Frank Zappa, “It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” 

From then on, the …

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Who are you? Sorting through your clothes can be a revelation

September 3, 2012

Miguel de Cervantes wrote, “Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.” He obviously never sorted through a closet stuffed with years of accumulated clothes (probably too busy with windmills). The way we do or do not let go of items we own tells us…

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Scoop on Shyness and 3 Ways to Shrink It

August 9, 2012

 

Defining Shyness

Some experts define shyness and social anxiety as being different, frequently citing that social anxiety begins where shyness ends, wherever that is. One thing clearly distinguishing them is that shyness is considered a personality trait, while social anxiety is in the di…

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The What, Why, and Who of Math Anxiety

August 2, 2012

If you have math anxiety, your issue with solving number problems may have nothing to do with your math capability, or a disdain of numbers. A study done in England reveals it might have a little to do with your gender, however.

Researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities define math …

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Protests, passion, and change: Do your emotions rule you or fuel you?

May 22, 2012

Historically, both small and significant changes have started with anger or outrage over an injustice, or a need unmet. People use channels available to them, such as protests, to make their sentiments heard and felt. If that does not work and people know of no other recourse, violence can e…

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NATO, family, or friends: Feelings are not facts

May 16, 2012

Imagine living back in the day when our Sun revolved around the Earth. Then, along comes a guy who says, “We have it wrong, the Earth twirls about the Sun.”

It may take years for that idea to trend its way throughout the land and reach your hamlet but when it does, yipes.

If you were a f…

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Holocaust: The heart turned inside out

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 — Mixed in with today’s media buzz about the NFL draft, hockey suspensions, political wars, and current scandals, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is the memory of the Holocaust as strong today as it was 40 or 50 years ago? That is unlikely, but it is a part of histor…

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Happiness: Mega millions, pleasure and gratification

April 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2012 - Winning mega millions in the lottery touches on the subject of happiness. Or does it? It might be more accurate to say that it touches on the ease of obtaining pleasure. Mega money buys us pleasurable goods and experiences, and there is nothing wrong with that. Th…

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Relationships: Can You Have Faith in Someone Who Disappoints You?

January 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2012 – What does it mean to tell someone you have faith in them?

PART ONE: How Could She?
Marie is a 48 year old mother of two young adults. After 26 years of marriage Marie divorced her husband and moved a few states away to be with someone else. Family and friends event…

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Christmas: Don't clean it up too quickly

December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2011 –Anticipation of the Christmas celebration lifts the human spirit. Preparation takes time and effort, but most of us do it even as we complain. It is a pleasure giving gifts and delightful to get them. People we seldom see may be with us which makes up for being wit…

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How Christmas Toys with Our Emotions

December 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dcember 15, 2011–December can be a mixed bag of feelings and emotions for anyone, but especially for those who celebrate Christmas. The holidays send your emotional self in several directions, some more pleasant than others. Being aware of all that tugs the heart-strings during the C…

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