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Here’s Why Our Brains Respond to Positive Reinforcement Over Punishment

What is the best way to change human behavior? Many people in western society believe it takes a firm hand. Programs like “tough love” became buzzwords in the latter half of the last century, and many people still cling to this method, especially given American society’s emphasis on personal responsibility. However, psychology and neuroscience take umbrage with this approach because …

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6 Steps to recover from failure and demoralisation

I’m a psychologist and I am still discovering new things every day. I don’t have all the answers but I DO know what has worked for me and many of my therapy clients over the years. That also doesn’t mean that I am blazing a trail 24/7. Accept that life has ups and downs and when you are experiencing a …

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The power of belief

  The power of belief belief noun 1. an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. “his belief in extraterrestrial life 2. trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something). “a belief in democratic politics” If you fully understood the power of belief, you would do your best to never believe another negative thought about yourself …

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Self Belief – Five ways to increase it

  Self-belief is all about feeling good enough. It’s the feeling that you can handle whatever life throws at you. A healthy appreciation of your skills, talents, and abilities. Without self-belief you are surrounded by invisible barriers that crush opportunities and limit your chances if success. Here are ways to improve your self belief: 1) Don’t belittle yourself Constant criticism …

7 Important bits of information about life

Working as a psychologist has taught me important information about life. You may already know some of the stuff I am going to tell you. My line of work allows me to identify common patterns in behaviour – from typical problems in relationships to similar experiences that we all have but possibly never talk to each other about. Here is …

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5 Ways to Gain More Confidence in Yourself

When a stunningly beautiful person walks into a room, people don’t just notice their beauty. In many cases, people are in awe of the confidence they possess. Confidence is attractive, and anyone can possess it. The key is to believe it for yourself. If you’ve experienced some setbacks or tough times, it’s not uncommon to feel like you could use …

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Self-Growth – 8 Tips to Enhance Personal Development

In today’s highly competitive environment, individuals need to learn and grow continuously. They must have clear personal goals and a plan to achieve those goals. The best way to ensure this is through personal development. Personal development is the conscious effort to explore new opportunities, access life goals, and upskill to achieve them. Moreover, it clarifies your unique vision, allowing …

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How to cope with a marriage breakdown

A marriage breakdown is a life-altering event. Your existing path and future are interrupted and the future suddenly seems uncertain. It can rock a person’s foundations to the core and it’s easy to slip into anxiety and fear of the unknown. So what are the best things you can do to cope with a marital breakdown? Focus on your self-care …

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Test Your Self Esteem

Test Your Self Esteem How highly do you think of yourself? Do you regularly boost yourself by considering all your good points? Our level of self-esteem affects every part of our lives. What we tell ourselves internally (our inner dialogue) influences how we behave as well as how we communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with others.Our inner world mirrors our outer …

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The secrets of wealthy successful people

If you want to get wealthy, get used to being uncomfortable. Now, I know that sounds negative but the truth is you become more confident and resilient when you step out of your comfort zone. That is what life is all about. So many people in their old age regret not taking more risks and seeing life as an adventure. …