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How Gritty are You?

Grit or (firmness of character is the ability to persist in working toward goals. It is associated with all sorts of positive outcomes in life, from success in school to longevity on the job to steady personal relationships. It’s a trait that lends itself deliberate, long-term slogging toward an end. Gritty people bounce back after setbacks and try, try again. Grit and talent are slightly negatively correlated – perhaps because gritty people work a little harder in order to succeed.…

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Self-control and other people

Self-regulation affects more than the self. Healthy relationships and, indeed, social interactions of all sorts depend upon a degree of self-control from the participants. When willpower is depleted, it’s hard to resist tempting but unhelpful behaviour. A study of heterosexual people in committed relationships, for instance, found that when their self-regulation was low they spent more time looking at scantily clad people of the opposite sex in magazine photos. Also, when you feel tired, you are not ready to discuss…

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Emotional rage

Central to the science of emotion is the principle that emotions are centered in subjective experiences that people represent with language. In this way, emotions are centered in subjective experiences that people represent, in part, with hundreds, if not thousands, of semantic terms. The basic emotion theories posit that a limited number of clusters, ranging in theoretical accounts from 6 to 15, describe the distribution of all emotional states The full range of human emotional experiences can be captured in…

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Is your personality linked to your sleep quality?

Those of you who are following publications on the Stress-n-Health corner FB are already familiar with personality traits that constitute the Big Five model. These personality characteristics (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, Openness, and Agreeableness) have been investigating as predictors of sleep quality. The study published in Health Psychology  examined more than 22,000 adults aged 30 to 107. Personality and sleep quality were assessed in the beginning of the study (baseline) and then again 4 to 10 years later. The researchers found…

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