Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
I decided to write a bit more about the personality traits - I keep writing about the NEO PI-R inventory and the research using it. So my plan is to write about all thirty facets and five big traits that this inventory reports. Third trait - Openness, second facet - Aesthetics. Aesthetic people may be creators, may be connoisseurs enjoying the creative products made by other people. Constant interest in various art forms allows them to gather a lot of experience and knowledge on the subject and allows person to grow into a real expert even in the area where no practical experience exists. As in other traits, aesthetics is a tendency, likelihood of being active in, being interested, enjoying, dedicating time and priorities for arts. Low score in aesthetics on NEO PI-R result sheet indicates that you might be relatively insensitive to arts and beauty, and are not particularly interested in them. High score shows that you acknowledge the importance of the art and beauty, enjoy poetry, really dive into music and probably are very interested in visual arts. You do not necessarily have artistic skills or very sophisticated taste, but enjoying art allows you to accumulate significantly more knowledge in the area compared to average person. High scorers will definitely enjoy a job in the art industry more that structured, strictly procedural work. My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. Photo: Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #neopir #opennes #aesthetics

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters1 day ago
Does minimalism, besides being nice source of content for social media, have any other benefits, for example, psychological? Apparently, it does. The research outlines four behaviors related to minimalism: clutter removal, cautious shopping, longevity (of the purchased items, I assume) and self-sufficiency. The research also found that minimalism significantly increases feeling of flourishing (nice choice of the term!) and alleviates depression. 👆 I _always_ said, that tidying is a great form of meditation, that it is also a series of calm, repetitive motions (and leads to relaxation), besides, the result is always visually pleasing! My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about psychology of cleaning! Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352550921000397 Photo: Scott Webb from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #tidying #flourishing #depression

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Today I would like to recommend a book - Jon Kabat-Zinn "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life". Meditation is one of the most valuable skills that you can learn to improve and maintain your health in a good condition. This means your mental health as well as your physical health, which is definitely very much related to and dependant on your psychological balance. The author is Western so the book does not contain multiple words that are not relatable to our daily life and language. I also would like to dissipate another often used and incorrect idea - meditation is not a practice of silencing your thoughts. Meditation is practice of concentrating your focus on your passing thoughts, on may object or action. You may meditate while cleaning your home, walking, or sitting down. You don't need to have a mat, sit in lotus pose or burn incense - you may choose to use it all ar one of it, if it helps you to focus. Take a breath. Lightly exhale. My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more about meditation and psychology! #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendedbook #books #recommendation

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
What does brain do when we watch a movie? Results of the magnetic resonance reveal that we get more involved (that is more coordinated brain activity is dedicated) in more emotional scenes. This higher involvement state is rather similar among different people - we kind of get synchronized. When involvement is lower, then mind "wanders" in an individual manner, and the state is quite distinct for each person. When following the movie review people were asked to recall the movie, it was possible to predict what the story will feature - they were the same higher involvement and more intense emotion scenes. I only wonder what my brain does when I watch Fawlty Towers for several hundredth time... My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more about food and psychology! Research: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/33/e2021905118 Photo: Free-Photos from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #research #movie #brain #memory

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