Donna L. Roberts, PhD (Psych Pstuff)
Writer, psychologist and university professor researching media psych, generational studies, human and animal rights, and industrial/organizational psychology
The Psychology of The Imposter Syndrome
I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out. — Maya Angelou, civil rights activist, author, poet and Nobel Laureate
The Psychology of Self-Sabotage
Self-doubt does more to sabotage individual potential than all external limitations put together. — Brian Tracy Self-sabotage refers to the behaviors or thoughts that prevent individuals from reaching their goals or achieving success. It is a common psychological phenomenon that can have significant negative impact on an individual’s mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. Self-sabotage can take many forms, including procrastination, setting unrealistic goals, engaging in negative self-talk, and avoiding risks or new opportunities. It is often driven by a combination of internal and external factors, such as low self-esteem, fear of failure or success, and a lack of self-awareness (Blascovich & Tomaka, 1991; Dweck, 2006).
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The Psychology of Sad SongsTop Story - January 2023
When all hope is gone, you know sad songs say so much. — Elton John Sad songs have long been a staple in music, with many people turning to them in times of sadness or heartbreak. But why do we find solace in listening to songs that make us feel worse? Well, it turns out there are distinct psychological mechanisms behind our preference for sad music.
The Psychology of Procrastination
Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. — Christopher Parker Procrastination is (regrettably) a phenomenon that is familiar to most people. At some point, everyone has put off doing something that they know they should be doing. While procrastination can be a minor inconvenience in some cases, it can also have serious consequences, including decreased productivity, increased stress, and negative impacts on mental and physical health.
Vacation hangover, also known as post-vacation blues or post-travel depression, refers to the feeling of sadness, depression, or disorientation that can occur after returning from a vacation or trip. This phenomenon is relatively common and can affect people of all ages.
Factors that Impact Longevity
Longevity literally refers to the “length of life” (Merriam-Webster, 2003, p. 726). It encompasses the related concepts of life span, “the maximum number of years and individual can live” and life expectancy, “the number of years that will probably be lived by the average person born in a particular year” (Santrock, 2002, p. 526). Like virtually all other physical and psychological phenomena, longevity is a factor of a combination of heredity and environmental influences – the nature and the nurture.
The Impact of Cognitive Bias on Decision-Making in the Workplace
Cognitive biases refer to the systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion. These biases are often a result of the brain’s attempt to simplify information processing and can have a significant impact on decision-making in the workplace, leading to faulty decisions and potentially negative consequences (Kahneman, 2011). It is important for both organizations and individuals to be aware of these biases and implement strategies to mitigate their influence.
Why New Year's Resolutions Typically Fail
New Year's resolutions are a common tradition for many people as the new year approaches. These resolutions often involve setting goals related to improving one's health, career, relationships, or personal growth. However, research has shown that a significant number of individuals who make New Year's resolutions fail to achieve their goals. Turns out there is research behind some of the reasons why New Year's resolutions typically fail, as well as how some strategies improve the chances of success.
Cognitive Bias — Part 1: What they are. What they do.
Cognitive bias is a term that refers to the ways in which the human mind is inclined to process information in ways that may lead to inaccurate or distorted outcomes (Haselton, Nettle & Andrews, 2005). These biases represent systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment and thus can lead to inaccurate perceptions, illogical conclusions, and even irrational behavior when individuals rely on their own constructed reality rather than the objective reality (Ariely, 2008; Baron, 2007). In other words, an individual’s thoughts and/or behaviors might be determined more by how they create reality, than by the unbiased input.