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The Magical Effect of Reading on Our Brain

When we read novels, fiction stories, and essays, we imagine situations, scenarios, and characters. By turning their pages, we create mental images of faces, dresses, landscapes, spaces, and distances. And that’s where the magical effect of reading begins in our…

What You Can Do When Your Emotions Are Taking Over

When you notice that your emotions are taking over, stop and take a deep breath. We’ve all experienced that feeling in the middle of an argument or when anxiety takes control. Those emotional kidnappings are devastating. However, we always have…

8 of Schopenhauer’s Rules to Being Happy

Schopenhauer’s rules to being happy arose from the German philosopher who was noted for his pessimism. His ideas revolved around the theory that happiness is no more than an artificial illusion. In fact, after the philosopher’s death, a manuscript was…

Emotional Abuse and Anxiety: How Are They Related?

Anxiety is a common symptom that people who have suffered from abusive relationships get. However, not all abuse in relationships is physical. There’s another type of abuse that’s also very common: emotional abuse. This type of abuse has serious and…

Henko: Changing Without Going Back

Henko is a Japanese word that refers to a transformative change where there’s no possibility of going back to how we once were. In many cases, it represents an advancement in our personal growth. It’s proof that we should be able…

Maria: The Story of a Transsexual Child

Sexuality has many dimensions. One of those dimensions is transsexuality. A transsexual person has a biological identity but doesn’t identify with that gender. They seek to acquire characteristics of the sex they identify with. For example, we could say that a transsexual…

Lenore Walker’s Cycle of Abuse

Lenore Walker’s theory, the cycle of abuse, states that there are four phases in all abusive relationships. This researcher and psychologist has been studying this type of abuse for over forty years. He believes that it’s possible to dismantle violence.…

The Indifference of Passive-Aggressive People

Passive-aggressive personalities often hide behind what looks like depression. They might seem fragile and in need of help, but the truth is that they have deliberate behaviors they pretend to be accidental. Their goal is to make you feel bad.…

Why is Sleeping Necessary?

Generally speaking, sleep is necessary for basic human functioning. Our body requires a period of rest and rejuvenation in order to revitalize and heal itself. This is why sleeping is so important. However, various arguments suggest that this isn’t the…

People Who Lack Empathy

Some people are lights in our lives, while others darken our path and make it difficult to travel. In the same way, there are people who would do unimaginable things to help us and others who wouldn’t move a finger…

A Glimpse Into Criminality Through The Wire

HBO aired The Wire between 2002 and 2008. The series takes place in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. David Simon created the series. He worked for years as a journalist for The Sun newspaper. The series focuses on the slums of Baltimore, where there’s a…

Stendhal Syndrome

If you’re an art lover who gets easily overwhelmed by a beautiful work of art or get goose bumps when you walk into a museum, no worries! This is actually completely normal. However, there are certain people who can show…

5 Differences Between Sadness and Depression

Talking about psychology has become popular recently, but the way we talk about psychology isn’t always correct. We tend to talk about psychology while drawing inappropriate equivalences. One of the classic examples of this is our difficulty to establish the…

5 Piaget Quotes About Infancy and Learning

Jean Piaget was a well-known constructivist psychologist who worked in the fields of child psychology and learning. His studies and research were extremely influential in both evolutionary psychology and modern pedagogy. Piaget’s quotes are a clear example of his passion…

Pleasure and Purpose: The Ingredients to Happiness

Participating in activities that provide us with pleasure and purpose can increase our happiness. In fact, scientists agree that both pleasure and purpose are two fundamental ingredients to happiness.  But first we need to answer an important question: what is…

Black Swan: Dancing With Psychosis

Black Swan was one of the most highly-acclaimed films of 2010. This film starred Natalia Portman, who won the Oscar for Best Actress. The film also caused a lot of controversy because of Portman’s body double. She argued that she didn’t deserve the…

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