What Is the Personal Fable & How Can It Inform Your Risk-Taking Decision-Making?

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In yesterday’s edition of Psyched for the Weekend, I talked about adolescent disembedding, a normal developmental stage in which teenagers create emotional distance and rebel against rules in order to establish and understand their own identity.

Today I wanted to tackle another hallmark of adolescence: The personal fable.  » Read more

What Is the Personal Fable?

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What Adolescent Disembedding Is & Why It’s So Often Confused with Family Estrangement

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It’s broadly known that teenagers become rebellious. Even the sweetest children often have a phase in adolescence where they test the limits set upon them. And many kids at this point will also arbitrarily and suddenly decide at this point as well that even parents they were formerly close to are now tragically uncool.

It’s so common a phenomenon that it’s a trope.  » Read more

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It’s Better to Calibrate Your Level of COVID Risk to Others, Not Yourself

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I’ve found myself wondering a lot lately how so many people can be comfortable taking needless risks in the face of COVID-19. One study I’ve covered found a link between sociopathy and mask shunning. (Yeah, kind of a sensational premise maybe but if the shoe fits…)

But you have to be careful about painting people all with the same brush.  » Read more

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What 8 Months of COVID Lockdown Have Taught Me About Toxic (and Non-Toxic) Monogamy

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This has been an awfully strange year for me.¬†Since the middle of March, I’ve seen no one else in person aside from my live-in partner and the occasional delivery driver (both of us masked). The only person I’ve been unmasked around has been my live-in partner.

These are the perfect conditions for the kind of insularity that can threaten a bond,  » Read more

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Not Getting Enough Sleep Makes It More Difficult to Unlearn Fear

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Stressful jobs can lead to you not getting enough sleep. And as it turns out, not getting enough sleep can make it easier for stressful fearful events to take hold of us.¬†Today’s study drills down into this vicious cycle with the help of brain imaging.

Prior to this experiment, one third of the study participants slept normally,  » Read more

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A Mindset Called “Wise Reasoning” Can Lead to More Productive Relationship Conflicts

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I’ve long been an advocate for the importance of being able to take other people’s perspectives — in general but specifically when it comes to close relationships. The worst conflicts I’ve had have been whenever one or both of us became utterly intransigent. Fixed in our views. And wouldn’t entertain that the other person was inhabiting a different position,  » Read more

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