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Have you ever pondered if your dreams of losing teeth, fighting with giants, or being in a room with a lion held any meaning? The association between dreams and waking-life is related to our emotional experiences. Our latest article by guest author Charon Wong explores the continuity between waking and dream emotions and the role of dreams as an emotional regulatory mechanism.
Shame results from seeing oneself as inferior and powerless to change one’s circumstances. This emotion can often lead to one feeling trapped and can be detrimental to our well-being. But we can learn to manage this self-conscious emotion – it starts by listening to your inner voice. Embracing your actual, instead of your ideal self is one way to build your shame resilience. Guest author Lee Jia Ying shows us how.
In the effort to raise mental health awareness throughout the past decade, much attention has been placed upon popular media. The stigmatisation of toxic ideas through come-and-go trends begs the question: Are we really doing enough to correct misconceptions of mental illness? Guest author Lauren Chai helps us break down these tropes. Read the article here.
Our team at Emotivity wish you a great start to the New Year, and hope that it heralds a season of positive change, uplifting emotions, and new opportunities for you and your family. Check out our special update this month, featuring some of our most-accessed articles over the past three years.
We realized many things about our emotions and ourselves during the pandemic. Here’s what the team at Emotivity came to know about the emotional journey that has been the year 2020.
What emotions reside at the core of effective influence? Leaders that inspire and those who rouse feelings of awe are likely to motivate followers to set aside personal interests for the collective good. These self-transcendent emotions may be what makes these leaders so effective and influential. Read our article here on these emotions of influence.
Humour may not often come across as a topic of serious scientific study. But the research in this area tells us that having a good laugh now and then can be beneficial in helping us cope with workplace demands and foster cohesion with our leaders and colleagues. Check out our article here on what research has to say about the uses and benefits of humour at work.
Much research on video games shows there to be a negative impact on aggressive tendencies. But if we look beyond just games with violent content, are there any benefits to video gaming? Can prosocial video games make us more cooperative and empathetic? Read our article here to find out.
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. Read our article here on the perils and pitfalls of excessive optimism and compassion.
Are you courageous? Philosophers and scientists see courage as persistence in the face of fear and adversity. Long considered a virtue, it is also a psychological strength that we can cultivate in times of need. Check out our article here on how you can cultivate psychological courage.
Movement restrictions and self-isolation don’t have to spell boredom. Countless people have taken to using their leisurely hours in pursuit of things creative and inspiring. What does the psychological literature say about the importance of our non-work hours? And can cooking be good for your emotional well-being? Find out more about the science of leisure from our article here.
Crisis events demand leaders to recognize, empathize, and reflect the right emotions. We pay attention to leaders during times of crisis, but the types of emotions that a leader expresses – or fail to express, can determine their effectiveness. Check out our article here on the importance of appropriate emotions in leading during crises.
At times of crises, strife and when faced with difficult challenges, it is easy to neglect our own needs and well-being. Being self-compassionate does not mean being selfish, but rather, accepting and kind to yourself when you need it the most. Read our article here on how to be kind to yourself during difficult times.
What motivates individuals to take part in protests and rallies? Our article on the psychology of collective action sheds some light into an area that has received much scholarly attention in political psychology.
Love has seen many expressions over time, from the romantic and passionate, to the companionate and comfortable. Is love really a choice? If so, how can we keep love in our most valued relationships alive? Read our article on what psychological science says about what is arguably our most human emotion.
You are what you eat – but you are also what you feel. Check out our article here on stress – the diseases of adaptation – and how you can use positive emotions for better physical health.