How to Build Thick Skin and Stop Being So Sensitive

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Check out these important tips for building thick skin in your life - and how to stop feeling so easily threatened and offended by what people say or do.

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When out in public, most of us think we would prefer being left alone vs. talking to a random stranger, but new research shows the importance of casual social interactions.

When out in public, most of us think we would prefer being left alone vs. talking to a random stranger, but new research shows the importance of casual social interactions.


Instead of arguing with people, new research shows that agreeing with people can be a key aspect of persuasion. This is especially true if you agree with a person’s key beliefs and then present them in an extreme way. By doing this, people become more aware of the absurdity of their beliefs and are more likely to adjust them on their own, rather than being confronted to change them directly.

Instead of arguing with people, new research shows that agreeing with people can be a key aspect of persuasion. This is especially true if you agree with a person’s key beliefs and then present them in an extreme way. By doing this, people become more aware of the absurdity of their beliefs and are more likely to adjust them on their own, rather than being confronted to change them directly.


Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

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If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.

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When Too Much Empathy Blinds Us

Empathy is a very useful ability to have, but at times it can be misused and abused. Learn more about the limitations of empathy and how too much can blind us in certain situations.

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How to Overcome Mean World Syndrome

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Do you think we live in a mean and terrible world? Then you may have mean world syndrome.

Mean world syndrome is a concept proposed by George Gerbner, an influential professor of communication who spent his life studying how culture and media influences our beliefs and perception about society.

The basic idea behind mean world syndrome is that too much exposure to violence and crime through TV, movies, music, video games, and culture can influence some individuals to believe that we live in an inherently evil and mean world.

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We are often told how important it is to be there for our spouse or loved one when they are feeling down, but research shows it is just as important to be there when they are feeling good too. So when someone shares something about their day that made them happy or feel good, make sure you’re actually listening and enjoying it with them.

We are often told how important it is to be there for our spouse or loved one when they are feeling down, but research shows it is just as important to be there when they are feeling good too. So when someone shares something about their day that made them happy or feel good, make sure you’re actually listening and enjoying it with them.


Giving Ourselves Permission to Feel Bad

When we look toward others for support, what we’re often searching for is “negative validation” - someone to just listen and accept our negative thoughts and emotions, without trying to change them.

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The Right to Take Up Space

If someone doesn’t feel like they have the right to take up space, they are going to get literally and figuratively walked over throughout their whole life.

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The Just World Fallacy: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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The “just world fallacy” is the belief that a person always gets what they deserve in life. But why then do bad things happen to good people, for no good reason?

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