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March 06 2013

The psychology of moods

What is a mood?

A mood, in the context of the study of psychology, is defined as an emotional state. It is important to note the distinction between a mood and an emotion. Moods are more general and less specific than emotions; they are also less intense and, unlike emotions, not usually trigger by a particular event, experience or other stimulus. Moods are also different from overall temperment or other personality traits, although personality traits can affect the endurance or intensity of certain moods. Moods are generally considered to be an internal state which may the result of external factors—such as the loss of a relationship or employment—or by internaal factors, such as personality, self-esteem, and so on.



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March 05 2013

The psychology of emotions

What are emotions?

In the context of psychology, emotions are defined as a conscious, although subjective, experience which is comprised of biological reactions, mental states, and psychophysiological expressions. Emotions can be easily influenced by external factors—such as specific experiences and events—as well as internal factors, such as personality, mood, and personal experiences. Emotions can also be affected by biological factors such as hormones, which may make emotions more intense or encourage negative emotions such as depression or aggression.



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March 04 2013

Emotion classification

What are emotions?

Emotions, in the field of psychology, are defined as a subjective but conscious experience which is primarily comprised of various biological reactions, differing mental states, as well as psychophysiological expressions. Emotions can be influenced by both external and internal factors, such as an outward event or personality. Other factors which can affect emotions include physical factors, such as injury, as well as biological factors such as hormones. Hormones, for example, may cause emotions to be more spontaneous, out of control, or intense. Because emotions are subjective, they are sometimes difficult for psychologists to measure; typically, psychologists will use biological and mental factors to help measure emotional states.



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March 01 2013

Counseling Psychology

What is counseling psychology?

Counseling psychology is defined as a particular branch of psychology which focuses on the counseling process, both mental and wellness counseling as well as career and professional counseling. Counseling psychology encompasses a wide range of different psychological beliefs, theories and practices. A sample of one hundred different counseling psychologists’ beliefs and opinions on counseling psychology practices, for example, is likely to result in a wide variety of different responses. Counseling psychology is primarily known for its personal and mental health practices, such as peer counseling, mental disorder counseling, divorce counseling, personal counseling, and so on. These types of personal counseling are usually focused on improving the mental wellness of an individual or a group, sometimes by addressing particular problems such as mental disorders, relationship troubles, etc. Another well-known aspect of counseling psychology is career and business counseling, which is focused on improving factors related to careers, employment, and business. For example, a career counselor might help someone figure out what type of career they would like to pursue; they could also help resolve inter-employee conflicts in a business environment. Counseling psychology is not limited to these two branches. Other types of counseling psychology include educational counseling, supervision and training using counseling, etc.



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February 25 2013

How to Conquer Social Anxiety for Job Interviews

Social Anxiety and Job Interviews

Social Anxiety and Job Interviews

Social anxiety is an unfortunately common problem for millions of people around the world. It can make normal, day-to-day interaction difficult and, in more severe cases, even impossible! People who experience social anxiety often suffer from consequences in their everyday life that people without social anxiety take for granted. For example, someone with social anxiety might find something as seemingly simple as asking a salesperson for help impossible due to a high level of anxiety—rapid heartbeat, panic, and nervousness are all common symptoms experienced by people with social anxiety.


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February 18 2013

How to Determine the Reason for Low Job Satisfaction

Reasons for Low Job Satisfaction

A responsible employer knows that job satisfaction is one of the foundations for satisfied employees, and that satisfied, happy employees are more likely to produce quality work at a productive rate. Job satisfaction has been shown to affect the overall quality of an employee’s work, and when job satisfaction as low, both quality and productivity can decrease. Low job satisfaction is often cited by employees as one of the major reasons why they do not enjoy working and why they might perform less well than they know they should. A common complaint by employees with low job satisfaction is that, because they feel unsatisfied with their job, they do not see a reason for giving the best quality work that they can give.


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February 15 2013

How Employees Can Prevent Workplace Conflicts

Preventing Workplace conflicts

orkplace conflict is something that every employee—or every employee not looking for frustration—wants to avoid. Unfortunately, it is one of the most common problems which occurs in the workplace and can be a major source for numerous workplace related problems. Workplace conflict can have consequences such as lower job satisfaction, lower work productivity, a lower quality of work, or even more serious consequences such as employee theft, tardiness, absenteeism, or even employees who quit the company altogether due to workplace conflicts. Conflict affects both employers and employees in a negative way—but it can, in some cases, be avoided through prevention. Employees can help reduce the chance for workplace conflict by ensuring that they are doing what they can to prevent situations which can commonly incite workplace conflict. The following are some of thWe best ways that employees can help prevent workplace conflict and, in the process, help keep the workplace a productivity, high quality, and pleasant place to be.



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February 10 2013

Top Three Psychological Job Interview Tips

Job Interview tips

A job interview can be a difficult process for an applicant, especially if they are nervous about interviewing for the position—which most applicants are, at least to some extent! When most people are anticipating a job interview, they tend to research job interview tips as preparation. Many of these job interview tips do provide some excellent information on what to expect from job interviews, but there are some aspects of a job interview which are often overlooked: the psychological aspects of an interview. While most job interview tips tend to focus on what is being said—what qualifications to focus on, what types of questions to ask, what never to say, and so on—they ignore that, underneath it all, a job interview is a social communication between two or sometimes more people and as such, there are many psychological aspects which, when taken advantage of, can increase the success of a job interview. The following are some unique psychological job interview tips that can help an applicant increase the possibility of a positive and maybe even successful job interview.



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February 03 2013

Social media and work performance

What is social media?

Social media refers to an overall internet-based concept of websites and other internet applications which primarily operate through the expression and exchange of thoughts, opinions, and other communication between multiple individuals. Social media encompasses a fairly wide range of websites and other internet applications, including but not limited to the following popular websites: Facebook.com, Tumblr.com, and Instagram.com. These three types of social media are currently some of the most used social media websites in the world—and particularly in the Western world—and together, generate millions upon millions—if not billions—of comments, posts, and other content each day. Many people use social media to keep in contact with friends and family; to meet new people and form relationships; to express themselves; to write about hobbies or other interests; to keep in contact with co-workers or clients and other types of social interaction.


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February 01 2013

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health and the workplace

The importance of mental health in the workplace cannot be overstated—although it is often downplayed or even ignored by employers or others involved in the workforce. The mental health of employees, in this context, refers to potential mental health problems which may be caused by mental disorders, factors related to personality, or personal issues which can affect mental health. Mental health can have a noticeable or even major impact in the workplace because it can dramatically affect work performance as well as employee to employee, and employee to employer, relationships. For this reason, ignoring mental health can lead to numerous problems and issues which may require employer intervention or even further invention from an outside source. When an employee is negatively affected by their mental health, it can affect numerous aspects in the workplace.


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