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Systematic Desensitization or Exposure?

Systematic desensitization and exposure are two tools psychologists use a lot. Usually, people consider them useful for putting someone in contact with the stimulus they feel fear or anxiety toward. This should reduce the fear or anxiety. Thus, they can…

Validating Emotions: What Does it Mean?

Validating emotions or people’s stories is such an important and valuable resource that many therapists make it the focus of their therapy sessions. Many of the people who go to therapy do so feeling strange and out of place. They’re…

Androphobia: The Fear of Men

There are all kinds of phobias. However, one of the most striking and surprising is androphobia, the fear of men. Those who suffer from androphobia experience feelings of intense panic when they see a man or a group of men…

What’s Social Confidence?

On a social level, self-confidence is like a prized treasure. We have lots of information at our disposal about how to increase it and enjoy greater personal growth. In contrast to self-confidence, we have a very basic idea of social…

The Emotional Curve

Many experts define an emotion as a subjective state that has an overwhelming or intense affective load. While it’s difficult to explicitly describe emotions, everyone can describe these subjective states in a clear way. For example, you can describe a…

Anticipatory Anxiety

People who live with anticipatory anxiety deal with uncertainty and worry that make it hard to breathe. They’re victims of their harried minds, always imagining the worst. There are few experiences worse than feeling trapped by permanent angst, your body and…

Humans and Mortality

Humans are the only species that understand that there’s a finite end to life. Humans even created an entire discipline to study the finite nature of man, called philosophy. We spend a lot of time reflecting on death. It seems…

Can You Be Too Trusting?

Has anyone ever accused you of being too trusting? Many people are under the impression that trusting other people is a bad thing. However, are others allowed to call you “naive” for placing your trust in people? The answer is…

The Fear of Taking the First Step

The fear of taking the first step is the main thing that sabotages your dreams, both big and small. It’s precisely in that first step where most people get stuck because fear takes a hold of you. However, if you…