Psychologists Found an Easy Way to Overcome Social Anxiety

overcome social anxietyAre you afraid of public speaking? Want to make a good first impression? Thanks to the new psychological research anyone can combat his fears and insecurities within minutes.

Each of us from time to time gets into a situation when it is particularly necessary to have self-control and show confidence. It takes a lot of courage, for example, to start a talk with an unknown pretty girl or a handsome young man.

Everyone wants to make a positive first impression on a potential employer at the job interview or win an important client at the business meeting. Continue reading

Simple Activities That Can Change the Way You See things

perception self improvementThe way you see things defines your world. Those are the words of Michael Michalko a highly acclaimed creative mind in business. You can actually change the way you look at things and in response, the things you look at will definitely change. Self-development is always about getting the best out of you because it is within. It needs you to reach out and shove the greatness out of its suppressing nest.

Enough talk; let us see what should be done. If you have low self-esteem, you should know that it is not a genetic problem that cannot be change. Low self-esteem is neither an infection that needs medication to suppress. It a perceptive situation. It is all about how you feel about yourself. These simple activities can change the way you see things and enable self-improvement. Continue reading

Height Affects the State of Mind and Perception of a Person, Say Scientists

height self confidenceSeveral studies have suggested that there is a relationship between a person’s height and… the role he or she plays in a romantic relationship. But how can the person’s height affect an emotional state of his or her mind? A recent survey by the University of Oxford studied how short people perceive the world around them. With the help of avatars, the researchers put the participants to a virtual experience, during which they were in metro along with other people… being a few inches shorter than their actual height.

The volunteers were able to move and interact with other virtual passengers, for example by exchanging glances. Each virtual journey lasted about six minutes, while the participants were Continue reading

People Treat You According to What You Think about Yourself

people attitude self esteemOnce Sir Francis Galton, one of the most notable figures in the history of psychology, decided to conduct a kind of experiment. Before his daily walk through the streets of London, he persuaded himself: “I am a disgusting person and everyone in England hates me!” After that, he concentrated on this belief for a few minutes and then went for a walk as he usually did.

However, it just seemed that everything was going as usual. In fact, the following happened: at every step, Francis caught queasy and contemptuous glances of passers on him. Many turned away from him, and a couple of times he heard coarse language in his address. In the port one of the movers, when Galton passed him by, hit the scientist with his elbow so much that he plopped down in the mud.

It seemed that even the animals had this hostile attitude towards him. As the scientist passed by a harnessed horse, it… read more

5 Tips That Will Help You Believe in Yourself

believe in yourselfMost people on the planet are divided into two types: people who believe in themselves and those who don’t. The one category of people goes with the flow, while the other one achieves positive results in life.

Here are a few tips that will help you discover your potential and believe in yourself:

1. Do not complicate your life

With the help of simple logic we can conclude that our faith in our abilities has a great impact on our inferences that affect our choices and decisions. If a person on a subconscious level persuades himself that Continue reading

5 Common Habits That Are Bad for Our Mental Health

mental health habitsWhen talking about bad habits, usually something like smoking, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet comes to one’s mind. However, the most unhealthy habits are not related to our behavior, but to our psychological state.

To be able to change these habits first it is necessary to know the impact they have on our daily lives.

1. Isolating ourselves from others and feeling lonely

Loneliness is devastating for both mental and physical health. It makes us feel vulnerable to others, so we become cautious and aloof. Continue reading

7 Key Benefits of Positive Thinking

positive thinking benefitsPositive thinking is the background of modern phylosophy of living a successful and happy life. Being optimistic is often portrayed like a foundation of making your life full and happy. And really, these are not just words. There are several benefits in positive thinking which influence our health, confidence and relationships with other people. If you’re not one of these positive-thinkers yet, and wonder why you should try positive thinking yourself, here are some reasons for you:

1. Positive thinkers cope with stress faster and more effective.

If an unpleasant situation happens, they concentrate on solving it rather than thinking that the things are out of their control. Aclually, they are less subjected to Continue reading

Placebo and Nocebo Effects: How Your Thoughts Influence Your Health

placebo nocebo effectWe have all heard of the miraculous placebo effect: you take a simple aspirin strongly believing that it will reduce your cholesterol and it does! While the positive effects of placebo pills or treatments are widely known, very little is told about nocebo. The nocebo effect is the negative reaction experienced by a patient who takes a harmless substance.

Positive vs. negative thinking

Human body responds positively or negatively depending on cultural norms, superstitions, suspicions or schemas, models transmitted from early childhood. The tendency to experience pleasure or the reluctance of facing life events, come from both our education and genetic heritage. Continue reading

20 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Human Behavior

human behavior1. People with high levels of testosterone get pleasure from the anger of others.

2. People with low self-esteem tend to humiliate others. Subjects who were told that the results of their IQ test were poor expressed more national and religious prejudices, than those who reported higher results.

3. People sincerely believe that their negative opinions about others are truthful and have no connection with them and their self-confidence. In fact, the humiliation of others helps them restore their own self-esteem.

4. The behavior of people is affected by bodily sensations. For example, there is a strong association between heaviness and Continue reading

Developing Your Strength through Confidence

self confidence careerSo much of being successful in business is about self confidence, that if you’re not the most confident person in the world – it can feel like the whole industry is against you. Perhaps you’ve had more than a few disastrous interviews in the past, or maybe most of your interviews appear to go well on the day but never result in anything. Do you find it hard not to fidget when you’re nervous? What about speaking – do your words get caught in your throat when you’re anxious?

Whilst it’s completely natural to feel nervous in high pressure situations – you shouldn’t have to with crippling self confidence issues and you don’t have to. There are ways you can conquer those voices in your head that tell you you’re not good enough. There are clear, direct steps that you can take to squash those voices and replace them with a new found confidence.

Dress Well

If you’ve got a big job interview or presentation scheduled and you can afford the extra expense – buy yourself a ‘success outfit.’ If you it makes you look good, it will make you feel good. Continue reading