The Pessimism Bias: When Things Seem Much Worse Than They Are

  The pessimism bias is a cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the likelihood that bad things will happen to them. This bias distorts people’s thought process, and can be detrimental to your emotional wellbeing, which is why it’s strongly associated with various mental health issues, and most notably with depression. In the following … Read moreThe Pessimism Bias: When Things Seem Much Worse Than They Are

The Ostrich Effect: On the Danger of Burying Your Head in the Sand

  The ostrich effect is a cognitive bias that causes people to avoid situations where they might encounter information that they perceive as negative. Though this represents people’s natural tendency to try and avoid things that could upset them, this form of thinking is problematic when it causes people to actively avoid acquiring information that … Read moreThe Ostrich Effect: On the Danger of Burying Your Head in the Sand

The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment: How Self-Control and Willpower Determine Your Success in Life

  A person’s self-control plays an important role in determining their success in life, and studies show that this personality trait can be measured at an early age, through a relatively simple experiment. Specifically, testing whether a kid is capable of waiting for a few minutes before eating a piece of candy is a fairly reliable … Read moreThe Stanford Marshmallow Experiment: How Self-Control and Willpower Determine Your Success in Life

The Google Effect and Digital Amnesia: How We Use Machines to Remember

  The Google effect and digital amnesia both represent our tendency to forget information that can be easily found online or stored digitally. The following article will explain these effects, and how you can use your understanding of them to strategically choose when to remember things, and when to forget them.   The Google Effect and Digital … Read moreThe Google Effect and Digital Amnesia: How We Use Machines to Remember

Self-Distancing: What It Is and How You Can Use It to Make Better Decisions

  It’s hard to set your emotions aside when you’re faced with a difficult decision. This is problematic, since our emotions often cause us to make the wrong decision in important areas of life, including in our relationships, our finances, and our health. In general, most people find that setting these emotions aside can be … Read moreSelf-Distancing: What It Is and How You Can Use It to Make Better Decisions