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The Psychology of First Impressions

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Shane McSweeney | October 3 2017 | | Tags: , , ,
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First impressions are important, you only make one of them! As humans, we make judgements on other people quickly. A study from Princeton University has found that people make judgements on attractiveness, likability and trustworthiness within a fraction of a second after seeing someone. Even if presented with lots of opposing evidence, we tend to […]

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The benefits of humour and laughter

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | April 7 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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Ever heard the old saying “laughter is the best medicine”? Have you ever stopped to think about just how true that really is? Over the years, research has shown the numerous benefits one can reap from simply laughing. Many of the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter ignites. […]

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Connection

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt […]

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Summer Sunshine

With the summer season finally here, you have good reason to be optimistic about the coming months. With summer, comes improved mood, the hottest and longest days of the year, and more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature and pursue outdoor activities. In addition, summer is the time where most of us think about […]

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What’s Love Got to do With It?

“Oh God. valentine’s Day tomorrow. Why? Why? Why is (the) entire world geared to make people not involved in romance feel stupid when everyone knows romance does not work anyway. Look at (the) Royal Family. Look at Mum and Dad.” ― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary   We can fall head over heels in love […]

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The Value of Laughter

Everyday Psychology | Posted by barry | May 26 2016 | | Tags: , , , ,
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Over the past number of weeks I have been reminded about the value of laughter – sharing a funny experience with someone, laughing at oneself or just having a private chuckle when reminiscing about a funny memory. Laughter has been shown to increase emotional arousal and secrete chemicals which give us pleasure. Others laughing is […]

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