Saturday, September 3, 2016

Randomness. Regression towards the mean.

Suppose a kid of yours does something awful, extremely bad; you scold him and punish him; then he behaves better. So you get to the conclusion that punishment is corrective ... but guess what, that's an illusion, extreme behavior tends to return to average behavior, this is called "regression towards the mean", this is due to random variation caused by multiple factors.

http://study.com/academy/lesson/regression-to-the-mean-in-psychology-definition-example-quiz.html

In fact, rewarding good behavior is more effective that punishing bad behavior.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/family-affair/200809/rewards-are-better-punishment-here-s-why
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/09/building-human-cooperation/

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Person Centered Therapy

Talking to someone I'm pretty fond of,  she made me aware of a form of therapy that is based on an emphatic relationship with "the client".
The key points here are: emotional involvement and regarding the "suffering person" or "the client" as someone whose progress is nothing but a personal achievement.
The client is someone who experiences a dysfunctional way of living, of thinking, in opposition to the pathological approach where the client is labeled as "sick".
This approach is called "Person Centered Therapy" or "Humanistic Psychology", and is based on empathy, unconditional and positive acceptance and the establishment of an authentic relationship with the client. To me, the most appealing part of this kind of psychology  is the empowerment of the client as someone who is responsible and capable, who's made aware of the incongruence between his awareness and his experience of life.
In my personal point of view, this is the kind of therapy everyone who needs some sort of psychological counselling ought to receive, no wonder why it's one of the most popular forms of treatment and one of the most effective.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person-centered_therapy


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Unwholesome or unskillful thoughts

It's all about thoughts, patterns of thought promote the recurrence of the same and similar patterns of thought, even at the physical level, the brain reorganizes according to these patterns.

In the Buddhist tradition, there are certain patterns of thought we are advised to acknowledge and avoid / replace by other more positive, being some of them:

- Hatred. Hateful thoughts even if not materialised, cause us harm, both spiritually and physically, a wise person foments compassionate and generous thoughts.
- Delusional thoughts. Any thoughts related with not seeing things as they are, believing things that are contradictory to naturals laws, to reality.
- Envy. We are not to compare ourselves to others, the comparing mind is one of the most powerful sources of unhappiness, sadly, competitiveness is a highly accepted value in the modern world.

I'm just starting my journey to a higher level of awareness, I've been to many schools of thought, but I think I've found a philosophy I can embrace.



Reference:
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/practicing-mindfulness-an-introduction-to-meditation.html

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some free brain exercising alternatives

We're frequently told of the benefits of exercising the body, but how about exercising the mind as well?
Recent findings reveal that the brain has some potential for improving itself due to a phenomena called neuroplasticity.
http://bigthink.com/think-tank/brain-exercise

These are some free options I've stumbled upon:


Hope you find these links useful. Feel free to share your experience in the comments.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

On gratification delay

An important psychology research breakthrough is that the ability for gratification delay is a very strong indicator of success in life, traduced in more wealth, a longer lifespan, better relationships and so on. I think the reasons for this being so aren't that difficult to understand, if you are able to delay gratification among other things you are able to:
  • save money
  • work the extra mile for the greater good
  • be faithful to your partner
  • eat less or more healthy
  • restrain from addictions of any kind
 To put in in few words: you cannot control your destiny if you aren't able to control yourself, self evident right?, well, sometimes self evident things are the hardest to see.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment