Tag: psychology

Practising Kindness – Make Someone’s Day

Practising Kindness – Make Someone’s Day

Sometimes we get so consumed in our own thoughts, our own needs and wants, and our own worries, and for the most part of the day, that becomes the center of our lives. We become less kind to others than we intended to, and consequently, also less kind to ourselves. It may sound ironic, but …

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Interactions with People with Mental Illnesses

Interactions with People with Mental Illnesses

These past few years, after perpetual self-introspection, I noticed one particular aspect about myself. It was that, if I really felt up for it, I could engage and connect with people in a sincere manner. This quirk of mine has brought me in touch with people from all walks of life, but at the same …

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The Backwards Law

The Backwards Law

Introduced by the philosopher Alan Watts and popularized by writer Mark Manson (“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”): “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” I took a few minutes to understand this cause it seems …

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Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Hello there! Today was my first time attending a research conference. It’ll be a 2-day conference on ageing and resilience. I’m quite interested in positive psychology and stress, so I managed to absorb quite some information today! At the same time, recently I’ve been listening to the audiobook “I Know What To Do, So Why …

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End of Undergraduate Life / Xiao Long Bao Buffet / Natural History Museum / Art Book Festival

End of Undergraduate Life / Xiao Long Bao Buffet / Natural History Museum / Art Book Festival

Wow, I can’t believe it. After 4 years as a psychology major at the National University of Singapore, I’ve finally graduated! I think these 4 years were one of the best periods of my entire education life, one which allowed me to learn academically while mature personally through my interactions with others. There certainly have …

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Virtue v.s. Talent

Virtue v.s. Talent

I was reading my positive psychology notes on the Classification and Measurement of Character Strengths by Peterson (2004), and a thought came to my head. They listed 6 core virtues – Wisdom & Knowledge, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance and Transcendence, and under each category, there are certain similar but distinct character strengths. For example, the …

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On chasing happiness.

On chasing happiness.

I used to have the mindset of: “I will be happy if I (insert accomplishment here)”. I will be happy if I did well for my A Levels, if I got to a good university, if I had a loving boyfriend, if I could sing well, if I became rich… I did well for my …

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Positivity!

Positivity!

My assignment for next week’s positive psychology class. Feel free to do this for yourself too! ūüôā List: Five¬†strengths¬†you have.¬† Gratitude Self-discipline Curiosity Love Humor/playfulness Five things you¬†admire¬†in yourself.¬† Being able to initiate random conversations Having the courage to do things I’m afraid of (eg skateboarding, talking to patients, talking to strangers, facing my problems) …

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“What is the meaning of life?” Pt. 1

“What is the meaning of life?” Pt. 1

I’ve been reading the book Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, who chronicles his experiences at a concentration camp while introducing his psychotherapeutic method called logotherapy, based on the will to meaning. It took me a (really) long time to truly understand the book. Even while 3/4 into the book, I still felt confused …

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Initiative

Initiative

Data collection at the wards today went kind of smooth at the beginning, but after lunch, I got rejected by a patient and realized after checking with the nurses that the rest of the 7 patients in my list were unavailable. So I quickly texted my prof on what to do, who asked me to …

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