• Yes, Facebook is making you feel abnormal…
    Yes, Facebook is making you feel abnormal…
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    Psych Central

    According to Feiler and Kleinbaum’s research, only the most introverted people, just one percent of the population, can be expected to have networks that are representative of the population in terms of extraversion.

    The rest of us view our social world through a distorted lens-a kind of carnival mirror that could create the impression that others are more social than we are. This could have profound effects on our job performance, relationships, and self-esteem. Having biased social perceptions could also hurt leaders or product developers.

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  • First steps for ending loneliness.
    First steps for ending loneliness.
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    HuffPost

    If you tell someone that you are feeling lonely, they will probably give you a list of a hundred things that you can do to meet other people. They may say, “If you’re feeling lonely, why don’t you just take up a new sport, join a dating site, go dancing or find a book club?” If only it were that simple!

    What most people don’t realize is that loneliness is a complex problem. For starters, most of us have limiting beliefs that prevent us from meeting others. Many of us have a fear of rejection.

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  • Is someone you love in need of an intervention?
    Is someone you love in need of an intervention?
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    Psychology Today

    Confrontational methods are practiced nowhere else in the world—for good reason. Interventions are deeply humiliating. They imply a moral and psychological superiority among those staging the intervention. They remove a person’s autonomy, and removing the opportunity for choice is thoroughly dehumanizing. They deflate a person’s already deflated sense of self. Further, interventions also induce shame, guilt—feelings that actually reduce the likelihood of change.

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  • Perhaps we undervalue the loss of a friend?
    Perhaps we undervalue the loss of a friend?
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    Psychology Today

    Everyone has probably had the experience of having a friend who doesn’t want to be as close or who wants to end the friendship altogether. As the parent of young children, I see firsthand how the friendships of young children can be especially capricious—strong and united one minute, but cold and distant the next. Yet adult friendships are often subject to the fleeting nature of friendship as well. If you think about a friendship you’ve had in which you start to notice that your friend no longer wants to be close to you, the experience was probably fraught with a mix of emotions: sadness, anger and envy, especially if you then witness your ex-friend develop a bond with someone new.

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  • Here’s how to make difficult conversations easy
    Here’s how to make difficult conversations easy
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    Bakadesuyo

    Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so hard you can barely understand what they’re saying.

    We’ve all been there. These situations don’t happen a lot (thank god) but we all feel helpless when they do. And because they’re rare we don’t ever seem to get better at handling them.

    Problem is, these moments are often critical because they’re usually with people we care about.

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  • Can, “Truly, madly, deeply,” ever last?
    Can, “Truly, madly, deeply,” ever last?
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    Psychology Today

    Being Madly in Love Can Last! The results of the study indicate that the feeling of intense passion can last in long-term relationships. “We found many very clear similarities between those who were in love long-term and those who had just fallen madly in love,” says Dr. Aron. “In this latest study, the VTA showed a greater response to images of a long-term partner when compared with images of a close friend or any of the other facial images.”

    This means that the VTA is particularly active for romantic love.

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  • Are you too afraid to find love?
    Are you too afraid to find love?
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    Huffington Post

    Why do we fear vulnerability? We are afraid that if someone finds out who we really are, they will reject us. While we may try to appear perfect, strong or intelligent in order to connect with others in actual fact, pretense often has the opposite effect intended. Research by Paula Niedenthal shows that we resonate too deeply with one another not to perceive inauthenticity. We even register inauthenticity in our bodies. A study by James Gross shows that when we are inauthentic and try to hide our feelings, others respond physiologically (a rise in blood pressure).

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  • Why do people run away from you?
    Why do people run away from you?
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    Marc&Angel

    Through this experience, we’ve come across scores of toxic behaviours that push people away from each other. And we’ve witnessed the devastation these behaviours cause – to relationships, to personal and professional growth, and to the general well-being of both the individual behaving negatively, and to everyone in their life.

    Let’s be honest – we’ve all acted in toxic, damaging ways at one time or another.

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  • The cost of loneliness
    The cost of loneliness
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    Salon

    Having a friend to whom you can disclose your feelings a major determinant of well-being. People with friends are healthier. They’re less likely to get common colds, to develop the fatal coronary disease, to develop physical impairments or reductions in brain functioning as they age.

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