‘Is it always good to be in touch with reality?’ I asked myself when reading this article on the concept of ‘depressive realism’. Is it better to feel mildly depressed and being able to make more realistic judgements or to be the wearer of ‘rose tinted glasses’ and perhaps more optimistic? Surely, optimism is a vital starting point for the pursuit of goals and without this we would never begin working towards anything? Yet, there is a fine balance to be had; if we are overly optimistic we may pursue goals that are completely unrealistic. This article concludes that a slightly positive bias serves a protective function. An evolutionary psychology stance might posit that it is also adaptive to feel low is mood as it may signal the need to adjust goals or make some sort of change. However, clearly, becoming stuck in this position, dwelling on potential negative outcomes and feeling helpless, is not conducive to putting the required changes into action. Again, I reach the conclusion that the ability to regulate or manage ones emotions and behaviour flexibly in response to situations is a vital part of living well.
Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness" -- first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Sara Simblett's insight:
This talk discusses the paradox that whilst choice is an important means of stimulating interest and enabling freedom, independence and autonomy, too much choice can be paralysing. If too much choice disables progress then, arguably, the act of choosing to focus on the achievement of a specific goal is conducive to productivity, but does this come at a cost of creativity and new insights? Perhaps what is crucial is knowing when enough information has been gathered to pursue a certain direction.
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Goal planning is a central concept in the clinical practice of rehabilitation. Several disciplines within psychology and medicine have elaborated theories related to goal attainment and self-regulation, the process of managing one's own goal-directed behavior. These theories may be highly relevan...
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