Emotions

5 Virtues of Calm Minds

Calm minds are not only focused but disciplined. Without a doubt, the age we’re living in is always pushing us to multitask and get things done immediately. That’s why, currently, it’s pretty much a privilege to be able to reach…

The Benefits of Emodiversity for Your Mental Health

In nature, the more diverse an ecosystem is, the stronger, richer, and more resilient it is. Emodiversity follows that same principle. In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of emodiversity. The more varied your palette of emotions, the greater your…

Blowing Betrayal Out of Proportion

For many people, betrayal is unforgivable. It leaves a gaping wound and deep scars. In fact, it has even become taboo. We often blow betrayal so out of proportion that we refuse to talk about it because the betrayal has spoken…

The Excitation Transfer Paradigm

It’s the 92nd minute of the soccer match. There’s one minute left. Barcelona is beating Real Madrid 1-0. A Barcelona player tries to stop a Real Madrid player in the penalty area and he falls to the ground. The referee…

The Anger Stage of Grief: What’s It Like?

Anger is a very common stage of grief. Unfortunately, a lot of people get stuck in it. They collapse emotionally and can’t overcome their anger over the fact that they lost someone close to them. It’s not easy to deal…

The Process of a Child’s Emotional Development

A child’s emotional development makes them aware of the origin and development of their emotions. They begin to read them in other people’s facial expressions, and thus interpret them according to the social context (1). The change and growth expected…

Compassionate Empathy: From Feeling to Action

If there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s compassionate empathy. What this means is not settling with understanding, connection, and a heart that hurts for other people. What this means is taking action and helping. It means deciding to…

Emotional Dependence during Adolescence

Psychology needs time to properly deal with different types of emotional difficulties, such as jealousy or emotional dependence during adolescence. The latter has some very characteristic features. We’ll be studying them in this article. Our day to day human interactions…

Loving Someone with Alexithymia

Being in a relationship with a partner with alexithymia can be extremely difficult because one of the main characteristics of this condition is lack of empathy. If your significant other has alexithymia, you won’t get the emotional validation or authentic…

Can You Stop Your Racing Thoughts?

By not wanting to think, you’re already thinking. And then it becomes incredibly difficult to stop. Medication can help you with this. But since you can’t really stop your thoughts (or at least doing it isn’t easy), you can try…

Why People Like Sad Music

Have you ever wondered why people like sad music so much? There’s something magnetic and attractive about songs such as “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton or “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. These songs make you get in touch with your…

Learn about the Guilt Area of the Brain

The guilt area of the brain is related to shame in a very intimate way.  However, it’s been proven that these areas don’t activate in certain people. Not surprisingly, this is the case of narcissists and those who’re capable of…

Why Masking Your Anxiety Is Bad for You

You’ll go through many things in life that can be stressful. However, dealing with them is helpful and healthy. Although masking your anxiety can seem the best thing to do at first, it can prove harmful in the long run. When…

Magda B. Arnold’s Appraisal Theory of Emotions

Psychologist and philosopher William James (1842 – 1910) believed that emotions are actually the subjective experience of physiological changes (especially those related to the sympathetic nervous system) that happen when you experience a stimulus or find yourself in a particular…