The Perils of Biased Optimism and Excessive Compassion
Positive psychology research gives us approaches that help us thrive and flourish. But misconceptions about how it is possible to be happy, optimistic, and compassionate all the time can be misleading, if not detrimental to our well-being. A more nuanced approach to appreciating findings from positive psychology involves understanding the dangers of excessive optimism and compassion.
The emotionally intelligent coach recognizes that people are moved through their feelings. In this article, we discuss some of the ways you can use emotional intelligence to be a more effective and empowering coach.
Schadenfreude: One Man’s Pain is Another Man’s Pleasure
A person you envy, or dislike immensely experiences a misfortune. “They had it coming,” you say – but it’s not that you are a bad person. It just feels nice that this terrible person finally experiences some deserving misery. Read Raja Intan Arifah’s insightful article on the emotion that we all experience but are unwilling to admit to feeling – schadenfreude.
Worried that you aren’t being as productive working from home as you were back in the office? Don’t be – the circumstances have changed and you don’t need to beat yourself up for it. Eugene Tee suggests why it OK to be unproductive during these times.
Our emotions are strongly tied to our memories, but there are ways in which we can stretch our positive emotions so that they linger with us for just that bit longer. Check out our article here on how to craft, and subsequently savour days well-spent.
Mindfulness and Emotions: Understanding Your Mind and the Benefits of Being Present
What is Mindfulness, and why is it so crucial for our psychological well-being?
Sandy Clarke and Eugene Tee present an accessible and informative read on the science of mindfulness, along with practical tips on how to develop this important skill.