Emotion regulation: which strategies to employ?

Emotion regulation is a set of processes that control manifestation, expression, strength and duration of emotions, which critically influence our daily life and mental health. Adaptive strategies of emotion regulation tend to produce constructive outcomes such as reduced negative reactions to stress, while maladaptive strategies can substantially contribute to mental disorders. Attention control, acceptance, reappraisal, … Continue reading Emotion regulation: which strategies to employ?

The multifaceted nature of depression

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2020), depression is a highly prevalent disorder with more than 300 million people affected globally. Unlike mood changes that people experience from time to time, depression may develop into a debilitating, potentially fatal illness. Causes of depression are complex, not entirely identified, and influenced by multiple sources including … Continue reading The multifaceted nature of depression

Can we outsmart our own cognitive biases?

We are all vulnerable to cognitive biases, which cause us to overfocus on some kinds of information while disregarding other kinds. These flaws in our thinking can trick us into making wrong conclusions and decisions. Moreover, cognitive biases are highly implicated in the development of mental disorders. For example, attentional bias—hyperattention to a certain category … Continue reading Can we outsmart our own cognitive biases?