For centuries, scientists have studied how we go about the difficult task of choosing A or B, left or right, North or South – and how both instinct and intellect figure into the process.
Little research exists in the area of self-talk, although internal dialogue often influences the way people motivate and shape their own behavior.
Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, say researchers who examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people.
When people feel they’ve hit a roadblock in reaching a personal goal, such as losing weight, a change in perspective may give them the help...
Most self-help books on the subject offer tips on how to maximize one’s bliss, but one study suggests that moderate happiness may be preferable to full-fledged elation.
Research has highlighted the fact that we have many blind spots when it comes to understanding our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
When dreaming is believing: Dreams affect people’s judgment, behavior
Scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem and “mastery,” the belief that one has control over one’s own life — three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression.
Lying about performance on one task may increase creativity on a subsequent task by making people feel less bound by conventional rules, according to research.
If it feels like one part of your brain is battling another, it probably is, according to a study published in Science.
Find out how very realistic human-looking robots or computer avatars tend to elicit negative feelings in human observers.