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Sorry, But It’s Your Responsibility to Know Your Apology Languages

Saying we’re sorry is a confusing experience, but we’re presented the rules like they’re simple and immutable: If you hurt someone, say you’re sorry. If someone says they’re sorry, say you forgive them.

For most of us, those rules don’t get reexamined much since we’re taught them in kindergarten.

But Dr. Gary Chapman thinks they should be.

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Ignoring Your Budget: Worse for your Mental Health than Sleep Loss

Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to cross something off of your list?

There’s a psychological principle, known as the “Zeigarnik effect,” named for its discoveress Bluma Zeigarnik, that comes close to addressing why.

You see, we tend to remember things we need to do better than things we’ve already done.

So even if you’ve crossed four of five items off the list, your brain focuses on the one you have left.

The Science of SADness

Before we talk about what seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t, let’s talk about what it is.

Seasonal affective disorder is a varietal of depression confined to the fall and winter months. 

It affects primarily women, and primarily those with other psychiatric conditions, like manic depression or bipolar disorder. (This doesn’t mean that men aren’t affected, or that you have to have another condition to experience SAD systems. Just that you’re more likely to if the previously mentioned criteria are met.)

As of 2019, it affects 10 million Americans, with a separate 10% of the population experiencing milder symptoms of a junior SAD disorder.

Dr. Pedram Shojai

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