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Temporal Discounting and Self-Control: How Waiting Kills Value

June 4, 2020

Temporal discounting in psychology is the factor that makes people choose immediate rewards over remote ones, regardless of the real difference in value. The more one has to wait for a reward, the less they perceive it as valuable. This is also why we lack self-control in some situations. […]

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Self-Control Techniques and Requirements

June 3, 2020

Self-control is difficult, but essential, human behavior. Throughout history, people have tried to find ways to make self-control easier. Although these attempts approach the problem differently, they have one thing in common: preserving willpower for critical decisions. […]

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Is Our Willpower Unlimited?

June 3, 2020

Self-control is challenging for everyone, and a leading actor in the whole scene is willpower. Despite its grave importance, it is limited energy and can decrease. Read on to find out if it can be strengthened, like a muscle, or recharged, like a battery. […]

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Catharsis, Overreacting, and Psychological Health

May 11, 2020

Freud introduced the concept of catharsis into psychology as a means of psychological health. But the scientific research found its underlying relation to overreacting and chronic anger, both being threats to psychological health. […]

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Why Do People Overreact and Why It Is Natural?

May 10, 2020

Protecting ourselves socially and physically is vital for survival. But what if one act of protection ruins our social life? This can happen when overreacting. So, why would anyone overreact so often and ruin their social life? […]

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Physical and Psychological Pain: The Case of Hurt Feelings

April 28, 2020

‘Hurt feelings’ is a metaphor to us, but a reality to our biological system. When someone’s heart breaks, the body reacts as if you have stepped on broken glass. But why does the biological system care so much about feelings, which are not even physical? Read on to find out how our survival urge understands much more than expected. […]

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Relational Value in Relationships

April 28, 2020

Why does it hurt to be fired or dumped? A quick answer would be “because I’m worth more than that.” But the relational value in relationships says, “because you thought the other person valued you more than that.” They might look the same, but they are not. Read on to see how relational value causes satisfaction and harm in relationships. […]

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Siblings, Genes, and Human Personality

October 21, 2019

Sibling genetics pose an interesting question: Why do two children from the same family turn out very differently? If two people have the same biological parents, grow up in the same home, live in the same town, go to the same schools, and have similar experiences, what explains the differences in personality? […]

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The Role of the Environment in Shaping Personality

October 20, 2019

Behavioral geneticists suggest that special talents are often “emergenic”—that is, a configuration of many genes that determine a particular personality trait. For example, geniuses and prodigies require a precise combination of abilities and interests. This article unpacks emergenic traits and considers what role, if any, the environment plays in human personality. […]

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