Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
When you do not like something, do you use method "Oh, I'll just not pay attention to it"? This study says it might be not a really good idea. This study focused on small children (3.5 years old), and they were invited again at the age of 6. Researchers monitored whether children do you attention diversion as response to stressor, also how their heart rate changes (academically, respiratory sinus arrhythmia) reacting to stress. In general when we experience stress, there is are response (arousal) and recovery phases; heart rate increases and becomes more irregular during response phase and decreases as well as becomes more structured during recovery phase due to the impact of the parasympathetic system. So when the attention was diverted, heart rate was more affected by the parasympathetic, calming system. But when comparing the results of both measurements, it was discovered that children who use attention diversion more often, later develop a stronger stress response: they have a more intense response phase followed by a more intense recovery phase. 👆 I would like to remind that most of the psychological issues can be managed by facing them with open mind rather than avoiding them. When attention is NOT diverted, children learn to manage the difficulty, and in the long run, it brings resilience and more calm than a short term attention diversion may bring. 👆👆👆 Exactly because of that, dear parents and grandparents, do not try to divert the attention of your crying child. Help you child, tell him or her that it is fine, that you both will do it together, you will take that shoe by its ears and you will slowly push the foot into the shoe, the bravest fingers first. Then you will really help the child to deal with issue. When you achieve a quick result and silence your child by diverting attention, you help only the adults who do not tolerate noise, but absolutely not the child! 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 psychology of emotions and development! Study: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2021-46725-001 Photo: photosforyou from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #attention #stress #HRV #heartrate
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Only cheese in mouse trap comes for free. And sometimes - glimpses of human kindness, such as this free book. Jolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam, Tegan Cruwy, "Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19" is a book by four social psychologists about the pandemic, about how we succeed and fail to deal with it and which psychological phenomenons take part in it. We do not necessarily realize that identity perception, leadership, social influence, difference between "comply" and "support", behavior change, conspiracy theories, social distancing, group threats, risk perception and management, collective trauma, mass psychology, solidarity, inequality, polarization and group identity have an impact on all of us, all at once. To be able to identify the importance and magnitude of each factor is not an easy task, but might be easier to handle after reading this great book. Book: https://books.google.lt/books?id=UpfvDwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT67&dq=psychology&lr&pg=PT67#v=onepage&q=psychology&f=false 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 dealing with changes #spoonfulofreason #psychology #free #covid19 #recommendedreading
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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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