Blog: The 21st Century Psyche

Is High Self-Esteem Helpful or Harmful?

By: Jenna Savage Mental health professionals, educators, and parents have all spoken up about the importance of strong self-esteem in America’s youth. Many academic and extracurricular activities are aimed at teaching students that they have the ability to do well at any task they attempt. As a result, the nation is seeing a surge in […]

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7 Unique Ways to Combat Anxiety

By: Jenna Savage Anxiety isn’t always harmful. In fact, for some people who have anxiety, it can serve as a motivating force for accomplishing tasks and doing one’s best, as we’ve reported in the past. Unfortunately, however, excessive anxiety can have the opposite effect, interfering with progress and causing problems like insomnia or trouble with […]

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5 Ways to Fight Insomnia Without Medication

By: Jenna Savage Many people suffer from sleep disorders. One of the most common sleep disorders is insomnia, which is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or both. The sleep deprivation caused by insomnia can lead to problems that affect quality of life, such as increased pain sensitivity and poor academic achievement. A […]

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Trouble Sleeping? Think Twice Before Trying Sleeping Pills

By: Jenna Savage Sleep is important. As we have reported in the past, sleep deprivation can hurt academic achievement and increase pain sensitivity. In addition, a lack of sleep can exasperate feelings of anxiety and depression. But getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can be difficult, especially for people who struggle with insomnia. […]

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Psychology Breakthroughs Worth Knowing: The Magical Number Seven

Undergraduate psychology majors and students in general will benefit from understanding the groundbreaking concept driving George Miller’s classic essay, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on our Capacity for Processing Information. Published in 1956, Miller’s theory was the first to articulate that the average human’s working memory could only contain seven […]

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Why Am I Online Right Now?: Putting a Stop to Your Bad Web Habits

There is no denying our widespread use of technology: we’ve become a plugged in society. Though the Internet is useful in many professional, social and academic settings, it can be easy to develop poor online habits that may start to impact other areas of your life in a negative way. A growing body of research […]

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The Seasonal Blues

By: Jenna Savage Holiday stress isn’t the only struggle people endure during this time of year. On the contrary, many people find that their moods are impacted by the winter season as well, causing them to feel depressed and fatigued. This disorder, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affects many people through the winter, leading […]

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Why Being Bullied is Bad for Your Health

It’s a known fact that being bullied is bad for children and adults, but did you know that bullying is also bad for your health?

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7 Easy Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful

These quick and easy fixes are sure to lower your stress and put you in the holiday spirit.

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Your Brain on Colors: Do Colors Actually Affect Decision Making?

As most of us can see them wherever we look, colors and the effects they have on our mind are often taken for granted. Take a moment to consider the colors we see in our natural environment. Did you ever notice how the bright blues and greens of Springtime have a more positive psychological effect […]

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