how a good knowledge of psychology makes your life better

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So many people are not interested in the science of psychology but after reading this piece about psychology you will change your mind if you were nonchalant before!
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. Get Motivated
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Whether your goal is to quit smoking, lose weight, or learn a new
language, some lessons from psychology offer tips for getting
motivated. In order to increase your motivational levels when
approaching a task, utilize some of the following tips derived from
research in cognitive and educational psychology :
•Introduce new or novel elements to keep your interest high
•Vary the sequence to help stave off boredom
•Learn new things that build on your existing knowledge
•Set clear goals that are directly related to the task
•Reward yourself for a job well done
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2. Improve Your Leadership Skills
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Sanja Gjenero
It doesn’t matter if you’re an office manager or a volunteer at a local
youth group, having good leadership skills will probably be essential
at some point in your life. Not everyone is a born leader, but a few
simple tips gleaned from psychological research can help your
improve your leadership skills.
One of the most famous studies on this topic looked at three distinct
leadership styles . Based on the findings of this study and subsequent
research, practice some of the following when you are in a leadership
position:
•Offer clear guidance, but allow group members to voice opinions
•Talk about possible solutions to problems with members of the
group
•Focus on stimulating ideas and be willing to reward creativity
3. Become a Better Communicator
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John Evans
Communication involves much more than how you speak or write.
Research suggests that nonverbal signals make up a huge portion of
our interpersonal communications. In order to communicate your
message effectively, you need to learn how to express yourself
nonverbally and to read the nonverbal cues of those around you. A
few key strategies include the following:
•Use good eye contact
•Start noticing nonverbal signals in others
•Learn to use your tone of voice to reinforce your message
Learn more about how to utilize and interpret these signals in these
top 10 nonverbal communication tips.
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4. Learn to Better Understand Others
Much like nonverbal communication, your ability to understand your
emotions and the emotions of those around you plays an important
role in your relationships and professional life. The term emotional
intelligence refers to your ability to understand both your own
emotions as well as those of other people. Your emotional intelligence
quotient is a measure of this ability. According to psychologist Daniel
Goleman, your EQ may actually be more important than your IQ
(1995).
What can you do to become more emotionally intelligent? Consider
some of the following strategies:
•Carefully assess your own emotional reactions
•Record your experience and emotions in a journal
•Try to see situations from the perspective of another person
See Also: 6 Ways to Become a Wise Consumer of Psychology
5. Make More Accurate Decisions
Rodin’s “The
Thinker” courtesy
of Karora
Research in cognitive psychology has provided a wealth of
information about decision making. By applying these strategies to
your own life, you can learn to make wiser choices. The next time you
need to make a big decision, try using some of the following
techniques:
•Try using the “six thinking hats” approach by looking at the
situation from multiple points of view, including rational, emotional,
intuitive, creative, positive, and negative perspectives
•Consider the potential costs and benefits of a decision
•Employ a grid analysis technique that gives a score for how a
particular decision will satisfy specific requirements you may have
6. Improve Your Memory
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Courtney Icenhour
Have you ever wondered why you can remember exact details from
childhood events yet forget the name of the new client you met
yesterday? Research on how we form new memories as well as how
and why we forget has led to a number of findings that can be applied
directly in your daily life. What are some ways you can increase your
memory power?
•Focus on the information.
•Rehearse what you have learned.
•Eliminate distractions.
Learn some more strategies in these top 10 tips for improving your
memory .
7. Make Wiser Financial Decisions
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Otaviano Chignolli
Nobel Prize winning psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos
Tversky conducted a series of studies that looked at how people
manage uncertainty and risk when making decisions . Subsequent
research in this area known as behavior economics has yielded some
key findings that you can use to make wiser money management
choices. One study (2004) found that workers could more than triple
their savings by utilizing some of the following strategies:
•Don’t procrastinate. Start investing in savings now
•Commit in advance to devote portions of your future earnings
to your retirement savings
•Try to be aware of personal biases that may lead to poor
money choices
8. Get Better Grades
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Kendra Van Wagner
The next time you’re tempted to complain about pop quizzes,
midterms, or final exams , consider this – research has demonstrated
that taking tests actually helps you better remember what you’ve
learned, even if it wasn’t covered on the test.
Another study found that repeated test-taking may be a better
memory aid than studying. Students who were tested repeatedly were
able to recall 61 percent of the material while those in the study
group recalled only 40 percent. How can you apply these findings to
your own life? When trying to learn new information, self-test
frequently in order to cement what you have learned into your
memory.
9. Become More Productive
Sometimes it seems like there are thousands of books, blogs, and
magazine articles telling us how to get more done in a day, but how
much of this advice is founded on actual research? For example, think
about the number of times have you heard that multitasking can help
you become more productive. In reality, research has found that trying
to perform more than one task at the same time seriously impairs
speed, accuracy and productivity.
So what lessons from psychology can you use to increase your
productivity? Consider some of the following:
•Avoid multitasking when working on complex or dangerous
tasks
•Focus on the task at hand
•Eliminate distractions
10. Be Healthier

Psychology can also be a useful tool for improving your overall
health. From ways to encourage exercise and better nutrition to new
treatments for depression, the field of health psychology offers a
wealth of beneficial strategies that can help you to be healthier and
happier. Some examples that you can apply directly to your own life:
•Studies have shown that both sunlight and artificial light can
reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder
•Research has demonstrated that exercise can be an effective
treatment for depression as well as other mental disorders
•Studies have found that helping people understand the risks of
unhealthy behaviors can lead to healthier choices

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2 thoughts on “how a good knowledge of psychology makes your life better”

  1. sorry my dear , that’s the picture of the girl that was the inspiration behind this post , an error occurred when I was uploading the pic and I’m just noticing it now but I will do something about it soon

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