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Misinformation nation: How false news can influence us mentally and emotionally

Misinformation can come in many forms; but at its core, it’s a biased, skewed, or flat-out wrong representation of a current event or subject of public interest. This sort of unscrupulous journalism mostly concerns politics. Outside influences are partially to blame for our susceptibility to misinformation. Our bodies experience a…

Thriveworks research reveals clashing opinions about recent events have negatively affected our closest relationships

In hindsight, there’s no mistaking that recent years have brought a whole host of changes for everyone — namely, the pandemic, vaccines, and social movements. With these changes, there’s been a lot to take in; but some of the bigger subjects have affected our personal connections with the people to…

Music therapy: How the “Encanto” soundtrack and other forms of music can help us to process our emotions

With people everywhere falling head over heels for Disney’s “Encanto,” it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the emotional impact of music on our lives.  Even science is proving that our love for music is a genetic trait, a uniquely human experience.  Though the “Encanto” soundtrack is quickly becoming beloved, under…

What is character bonding? Exploring the connection we feel with fictional characters

Character bonding is when we start to emulate the personality traits of fictional characters that we admire and/or feel drawn to. There’s nothing inherently harmful about character bonding; just remember that there is a distinction between them and you.  While people may be drawn towards different fictional characters based on…

Restorative vs. reflective nostalgia: Learn to spot the differences and combat memory distortions

Nostalgia is a familiar feeling, but there are actually two different types—reflective and restorative nostalgia. Restorative nostalgia involves happy memories and associations with the past. When we feel restoratively nostalgic, we’re likely to feel motivated to seek out new and rewarding experiences. Conversely, reflective nostalgia may often make us feel…

Why do we love Halloween? The psychology behind Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating

Halloween is one of the most popular U.S. holidays—this October, we’re set to spend a whopping $10 billion on treats, Halloween costumes, and decorations. The psychology behind Halloween costumes is intriguing: Studies show that when costumes render us anonymous, we may feel more confident displaying malicious behavior towards others.  More…

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