Exposure to Nature Can Be Soothing and Good for Healing

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I never really gave much thought to the fact that I grew up in the woods (in Maine, more specifically).

The other night, however, my partner was showing me their white noise app (Relaxio). It has a bunch of sliding bars in it that are marked with icons. There are a couple for rain (either how it sounds if you’re outside or how it sounds inside hitting the roof).  » Read more

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What Kind of Person Is More Likely to Use a Cell Phone Dangerously While Driving?

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I’m sure you’ve been there.

You’re driving down the highway, just trying to get where you’re trying to go. Staying in your own lane. Driving as safely as you can with both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road…

When you come upon someone that’s driving like they’re a zombie who stole a car.  » Read more

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Being Alone and Feeling Lonely Are Different Things

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Can you be lonely with others around? And does being alone naturally lead to loneliness?

I’ve wondered these very same things myself. And so have others apparently — because there was a large study on loneliness last year looking into these issues and other matters related to it.

A Large-Scale Study on Loneliness

In 2018,  » Read more

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Malicious Envy, Benign Envy, and Deservingness

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At this point, Poly Land has featured a number of articles on jealousy (including this article that many have found quite helpful in coping with jealousy).

As I’ve mentioned before, it can be difficult when experiencing jealousy to figure out exactly what you’re feeling. Jealousy isn’t a single discrete emotion but a system of emotions,  » Read more

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Children Can Learn Aggressive Behavior by Watching and Imitating It

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It’s no secret that children don’t just do what they’re told to. And instead, they learn a lot by watching and imitating others.

That’s where the whole ideal of a “role model” stems from. The term was originally coined by the late sociologist Robert Merton. (Incidentally, Merton also coined the term “self-fulfilling prophecy”  » Read more

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Going Vigilante: When You’re Fully Convinced Your Beliefs Are Vastly Superior to Everyone Else’s

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Have you ever known someone who really seemed fully convinced that their beliefs were vastly superior to everyone around them? And who not only felt that way but also felt a need to run around making sure to correct everyone?

Someone who seemed completely unable to tolerate the reality that it might be acceptable for other people to have different beliefs than them?  » Read more

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Parents Who Lie to Their Children Raise Children Who Lie to Them

"LIAR!" written backward on a window
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“Do as I say, not as I do.”

It’s been shown countless times that children learn a lot by observing what those around them do and imitating that.

Even if those same examples caution them against performing the behaviors, actions speak louder than words. And they’re more likely to mimic what they see than to follow instructions that conflict with the actions of those cautioning them.  » Read more

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