Physiological Changes During Emotional Experiences

By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Theories of Emotion In this article, I will peel away the layers of emotional experiences, uncovering the underpinnings and characteristics involved in the animation and energizing of our being.  Emotions like fear, anxiety, depression, and excitement elicit and suppress different physiological and cognitive attributes and directly affect how… Continue reading Physiological Changes During Emotional Experiences

Arguments for and Against Positive Psychology

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini The term positive psychology was brought onto the therapeutic scene by Abraham Maslow in 1954 when he introduced his ideas around a self-actualized person through his theory of human motivation (Trivedi & Mehta, 2019). Maslow’s theory suggested that each person has a hierarchy of needs built in five… Continue reading Arguments for and Against Positive Psychology

Comparison of Electronic Mediated and Face-to-Face Communication

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Humans currently live in a time like no other. The technological age has opened opportunities for connection that in the past would never be possible (Alberts et al., 2016). People isolated from others due to illness or living in remote areas can now stay connected to loved ones… Continue reading Comparison of Electronic Mediated and Face-to-Face Communication

Cognitive Load Theory

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By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Educational psychologist John Sweller is the father of cognitive load theory (CLT), which describes the amount of effort and how much working memory one can hold at any one period of time (Sweller, 1988). CLT is based on the human information processing model that includes sensory memory, short-term… Continue reading Cognitive Load Theory

Subjective Well-Being According to Positive Psychology

By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini Are you interested in a life filled with purpose, contentment, good mental and physical health? If you answered yes, then you have come to the right place. Positive psychology aims to increase well-being through recurrent positive affect, scarce negative affect, and cognitive appraisals like life satisfaction (Moore &… Continue reading Subjective Well-Being According to Positive Psychology

Striving For True Happiness

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Happiness is “an emotion of joy, gladness, satisfaction, and wellbeing” (American Psychological Association, n.d.). Six basic emotions are universal within cultures, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust (Barrett et al., 2016). All secondary or complex emotions such as shame, pride, guilt, relief, boredom, and amazement stem from… Continue reading Striving For True Happiness

Is It Possible to Have Cognition Without Emotion?

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini One cannot have cognition without emotion. According to current research, “there are no truly separate systems for emotion and cognition because complex cognitive, emotional behavior emerges from the rich, dynamic interactions between brain networks” (Pessoa, 2008, p.148). Cognition takes place in the pre-frontal cortex (neocortex) involves controlled processes, reasoning,… Continue reading Is It Possible to Have Cognition Without Emotion?

The Real Secret About the Power of the Mind

By Sarah Stevenson, MA- The Tini Yogini What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. ~Buddha Unless you spent the last 2 decades in a Tibetan monastery or under a rock, you probably know about Rhonda Byrne’s… Continue reading The Real Secret About the Power of the Mind

Developmental Tasks and Challenges of Middle to Late Adulthood

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini This age group is of particular interest to me because, as a 45-year-old woman, I am currently in this stage of development and have friends and family in this stage. Researchers are beginning to bring more attention to middle to late adult development with people living to the average… Continue reading Developmental Tasks and Challenges of Middle to Late Adulthood

Emergence of Sexuality and Gender-Related Behavior During Adolescence

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini The adolescent stage is marked with dramatic changes brought on by puberty that affect each individual’s body and mind. This developmental period begins at around ages 10 to 12 years old and lasts until the young adult ages 18 to 22 (Santrock, 2016). Social-emotional learning begins to occur, and… Continue reading Emergence of Sexuality and Gender-Related Behavior During Adolescence

Stages of Moral Development

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini Moral Development According to the American Psychological Association (APA, n.d.a), morality is “a system of beliefs or set of values relating to right conduct, against which behavior is judged to be acceptable or unacceptable.” Moral development begins in the mid to later part of a child’s maturity and includes… Continue reading Stages of Moral Development

Developing Thinking and Emotional Skills in Infants and Toddlers: What Can a Parent Do?

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By Sarah Stevenson, The Tini Yogini What Can I Do to Best Support My Child’s Language Development? There are several ways to environmentally support a child’s language development according to a behavioral perspective. Children learn quite simply by imitation, so they need a verbally rich atmosphere to develop linguistically. Parents play a huge role in… Continue reading Developing Thinking and Emotional Skills in Infants and Toddlers: What Can a Parent Do?