Daydreaming: Helpful or Hurtful?

Have you ever wonder if letting your mind free to whatever it wants it is helpful or not? Is there a line between helpful and hurtful? Studies show some interesting results. It seems that our daydreaming process interferes with our goals, but not how you’d expect. The daydreaming process has multiple aspects and influences different parts of our life, including the way we perform in … Continue reading Daydreaming: Helpful or Hurtful?

Is your stress constructive or destructive? How to make the difference between them

“In psychology, stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Stress is a type of psychological pain. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Positive stress helps improve athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment. Excessive amounts of stress, however, may lead to bodily harm. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart … Continue reading Is your stress constructive or destructive? How to make the difference between them

Bibliotherapy – The therapy through reading

   Uhm, no, I haven’t invented the word. It’s something that goes way back to King Ramses, but it didn’t had this weird name (source – Wikipedia). It seems that the name was “invented” by Samuel Crothers, or at least that’s what an The Atlantic Monthly article stated in 1916.    Ok, the name is fancy, but the idea behind is pretty simple. The bibliotherapist … Continue reading Bibliotherapy – The therapy through reading

Can we hurt our bodies with our mindsets?

This is an interesting topic I think about very often, but I haven’t thought about writing a post about it so thank you Kalliope for giving me the idea! Ok, let’s dig in. First of all, I want to mention that this isn’t about taking some particular actions to hurt ourselves. It’s not about auto-flagellating or stuff like that. It’s about how our bodies “cope” … Continue reading Can we hurt our bodies with our mindsets?

Freudian slip

   “A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought. The concept is part of classical psychoanalysis. Classical examples involve slips of the tongue, but psychoanalytic theory also embraces misreadings, mishearings, temporary forgettings, and the mislaying and losing of objects.” – Wikipedia    This definition has lots of fancy words, … Continue reading Freudian slip

Can we beat homeostasis?

   This question has been raised by Natalie and I found it to be a very interesting topic to think about. I think about homeostasis just as I think about comfort zone (even though it’s a biological thing like maintaining the temperature, the level of each hormone released, the blood pressure and so on). Here is a definition of it:    “Homeostasis is the state … Continue reading Can we beat homeostasis?

The Placebo Effect

   This is the Holy Grail of examples for how great and powerful human mind is. Every medicine that it is created needs to be compared with the placebo effect and only the ones that are significantly more effective gets to be produced (after they get through multiple other tests, obviously).    “A placebo is a substance or treatment of no intended therapeutic value. Common placebos include … Continue reading The Placebo Effect