On this page you’ll find a variety of psychology-themed blog posts written by members of the Positive Team. You can use the category drop-down to filter the results, or use the tags at the end of each post to browse by more specific topics.

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Positive | mindset, stress

The ‘S’ Word: Why we need to change the way we think about stress

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stress’? For many people, the word has overwhelmingly negative connotations: poor health, premature ageing, even early death. Whilst educating people on the dangers of stress is undoubtedly important, the downside… Read more
Positive | emotions, habits, proactive

A Positive Approach to Proactive Wellbeing

Our mental health sits on a continuum. At one end of the scale is optimal psychological wellbeing, at the other, poor psychological health. We can also find ourselves at any point in between. This might seem obvious – we all… Read more
Positive | friendship, psychological wellbeing

The Importance of Friendship

These days, you can hardly spend five minutes on social media without discovering a new day of recognition. From #NationalSpinachDay to #TalkInAnElevatorDay (you’ve just missed that one, in case you were wondering) you’d be forgiven for declaring time on the… Read more
Positive | Body Image, Mental Health, psychology

Body image: how do you feel about your body and why does it matter?

Here in the UK, today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the initiative seeks to raise awareness around the importance of mental wellbeing, with a different theme chosen for the week each… Read more
Positive | Brian Marien, psychological wellbeing

The Importance of Psychological Wellbeing: an interview with Dr Brian Marien

Why do we think, feel, and behave the way we do? For us at Positive, this question is crucial. Why? Because understanding our own thought processes, as well as the processes of others, can confer measurable benefits to our day-to-day… Read more
Positive | artificial intelligence, uncertainty

AI and the Year Ahead

The large cabin was in total darkness. Come marching up the eastern hill afar. When is the clock on the stairs dangerous? Everything seemed so near and yet so far. Behind the wall silence alone replied. Was, then, even the… Read more
Positive | change

New Year's Resolutions: How Creating “Tiny Habits” Can Lead to Big Changes

There is nothing new about New Year’s resolutions. Every year we make them, every year (usually around the middle of January) we break them. No sooner is the hi-vis running gear bought than it is stuffed away in the closet,… Read more
Positive | transitions, university

Moving on Up: Managing the Transition to University

In 1987, a longitudinal study was conducted to examine the effects of transitions to university on the wellbeing of first-year students. The study found that all students evidenced increased psychological disturbances, such as heightened levels of anxiety, stress, and homesickness,… Read more
Positive | emotions

Jane Austen’s Emma: Reading the Emotions of Others

2017 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most famous authors: Jane Austen. Whether loved or loathed, Austen’s novels—including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility—summed up and astutely satirized Georgian England. The continued… Read more