Tenk deg nøye om…

… når var egentlig sist du tenkte deg nøye om? En ny metastudie viser at majoriteten av oss faktisk synes det er ubehagelig å måtte sitte alene med tankene våre, selv om det bare er noen minutter:

“We had noted how wedded to our devices we all seem to be and that people seem to find any excuse they can to keep busy,” said Timothy Wilson, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia and lead author of the study. “No one had done a simple study letting people go off on their own and think.”

The results surprised him and have created a stir in the psychology and neuroscience communities. In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.

Moreover, in one experiment, 64 percent of men and 15 percent of women began self-administering electric shocks when left alone to think. These same people, by the way, had previously said they would pay money to avoid receiving the painful jolt.

It didn’t matter if the subjects engaged in the contemplative exercise at home or in the laboratory, or if they were given suggestions of what to think about, like a coming vacation; they just didn’t like being in their own heads.

It could be because human beings, when left alone, tend to dwell on what’s wrong in their lives. We have evolved to become problem solvers and meaning makers. What preys on our minds, when we aren’t updating our Facebook page or in spinning class, are the things we haven’t figured out — difficult relationships, personal and professional failures, money trouble, health concerns and so on. And until there is resolution, or at least some kind of understanding or acceptance, these thoughts reverberate in our heads. Hello rumination. Hello insomnia.

Les mer i artikkelen No Time to Think hos The New York Times


Thinking Cap

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Interessante saker fra Scientific American:

Unhappiness is often viewed as something to be prevented, avoided or eliminated. Yet recent studies reveal that for some people, feeling good is what scares them. Recognizing this fear and targeting it with therapy may be a critical first step before other mental illnesses can be treated.

People fear positive emotions for many reasons, such as feeling unworthy or believing good fortune inevitably leads to a fall, according to two new studies. Mohsen Joshanloo, a psychology graduate student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, developed a Fear of Happiness Scale, on which participants indicate their level of agreement with statements such as “Having lots of joy and fun causes bad things to happen.” Such beliefs can plague people in many countries, according to a study by Joshanloo published online in October 2013 in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. The study found the scale to be reliable in 14 different cultures.

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8 ting du kanskje ikke visste om angst

PsyBlog serverer deg 8 fascinerende fakta om angst som du kanskje ikke visste om fra før. Les artikkelen her for utdypning av faktaene samt referanser.

1. Angst får alt til å stinke – bokstavelig talt

2. Trening reduserer angst

3. Foreldrene dine kan ha noe med saken å gjøre

4. Det handler om å tenke annerledes (denne er jeg litt skeptisk til kjenner jeg, men les om døm selv)

5. Engstelige mennesker hopper for fort til konklusjoner

6. Angst påvirker balansen

7. Meditasjon reduserer angst

8. Angst øker intimsonen din


The Onion rapporterer – kuren for angst er her!

Det er kanskje litt faux pas for en psykolog å tulle med angst, men noen ganger er det befriende å le. The Onion rapporterer i dag om et heftig gjennombrudd i behandlig av angst, stress og bekymring som nesten virker verdt et forsøk. I følge forskerne bak et nytt studie er nøkkelen til å bli kvitt angstplagene å tenke på dem. Tenke skikkelig hardt.

According to Menon, research participants who focused all their mental energy on fretting passed through three distinct stages as their feelings of angst were systematically eradicated. First, subjects frantically overanalyzed each detail of their particular anxiety, after which they mentally tormented themselves regarding every single thing that could possibly go wrong. Finally, and most crucially according to the data, subjects beat themselves up over their stresses to such a degree that they became virtually paralyzed, rendering themselves too impaired to function in most aspects of their lives.

After completing these three stages, Menon confirmed that every subject was found to be completely free of anxiety and immediately went forward leading a normal life.

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Study: Anxiety Resolved By Thinking About It Real Hard