Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
When someone says "do not be afraid" they either don't mean it, or they completely misunderstand that it can be a conscious decision. We learn to fear and to not fear only from our experience. Fear is ruled by the old brain where thoughts - at least in the form that we understand - really do not fly. People automatically ("innately") are afraid of (or perhaps it is better expressed as "are startled by") any sudden intense events - loud noise, unexpected movement, bright flash, strong taste. At the end of the post you will find a link to an excellent startle reflex (warning, it really will make you jump, watch at your own risk and do not say that I did not warn you!). We learn to fear many things after we experience this startle reaction - either when we are taught by our cautious parents, or after we see others experience things, or after we experience them ourselves. We form conditioned response - it is not how we learn, for example, math - but after we fall off the chair, we might start to be afraid of heights. I am telling about this because I found not new but still interesting research on how brain responds to fearful stimulus and formulates memory of ir as well as how it extracts it (for those more interested - prefrontal cortex integrates sensory and emotional signals, stores them in the memory network ruled by amygdala and when needed instantly retrieves them to be used as fear response, produced together with thalamus, hypothalamus and brain stem. There is no time for thinking here!). So same way that you learned to be afraid, you can "unlearn" (or learn a new reaction) if you create for yourself conditions to _experience_ previously frightening things in safe conditions. Application here is really wide, starting with not being afraid to eat or speak publicly to not being afraid after traumatic events. Research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4119830/ Advertising that will make you jump, I warn you again that it will really work: https://youtu.be/Wz1W_omigwg 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 psychology! Photo: Alexas_Photos from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #fear

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Minimalism is a way of life focused on owning as few things as possible (or only as many as necessary). Besides obvious financial or time-saved-for-tidying advantages, switching to minimalism as minimalism itself has noticeable psychological benefits. Participants in this qualitative study were practitioners of minimalism. They stated that they enjoy an improved wellbeing due to increased autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness and positive emotions. Previous research also identifies themes of simplicity, pro-ecological behaviors and control on materialism. How many thing s do you own that you do not really need? And how about that mental space?... 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 discuss minimalism and psychology! Article: https://roomtothink.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Lloyd_et_al-2020-International_Journal_of_Applied_Positive_Psychology-2.pdf Photo: Sofie Zbořilová from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #order #ecology #mentalspace
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time 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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