Cognitive Dissonance

There is a theory in psychology called cognitive dissonance where a conflict occurs within a person due to two or more modes of thought. Cognitive dissonance arises when behaviors don’t match beliefs. And this often leads to unwarranted stress.  For example, I know that oreos are not good. Well, they...

Growth Mindset

In my blog post about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I talk about clinically proven ways to change the way we think, feel and behave. All three affect one another, but ultimately it is our thoughts that dictate our feelings and actions. It is our mindset that drives everything in our lives....

The Primacy Effect

There is a phenomenon in psychology known as the primacy effect. This concept illustrates why it is a good idea to create a morning routine. Or to tackle your most important work early in the day. Reason being, the primacy effect is the observation that we tend to remember the...

Motivation vs. Inspiration

Here’s a question: What’s more powerful, motivation or inspiration? Answer: Inspiration. Why? Motivation comes from an external source, while inspiration comes from within. Motivation is more like a pulling force, while inspiration is moreso a driving force. And inspiration has everything to do with purpose.  When we are inspired, we...

You Are Not Your Thoughts

I’ve often heard the term you become what you think about most. That might be wealthy, famous, healthier, a nicer human being, or more intelligent. While I do somewhat believe in that notion, I must say that I also believe that you are NOT, actually, your thoughts. A thought is...