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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in the lifestyles of people of all ages, cultures and socioeconomic statuses. The government-mandated lockdowns are slowing the spread of this insidious virus but have led to a period of high stress for the population, which has become a petri dish for conspiracy theories [1].

Many theories have popped up like the fact that the vaccines inject a chip into your arm to track you [2]. Others have emerged talking about the fact that the virus does not exist or is not as serious as health experts suggest [3,4]. Some theories have…


Gambling is a habit older than written history and has evolved overtime to keep up with emerging trends [1]. It is such a big problem in Australia that there is a hotline for people who are addicted to gambling [2,3]. However, contemporary gambling does have its barriers to access like an age restriction. You might be wondering why that could be problematic, the reason is that social media has evolved to adopt similar psychological techniques used in gambling. These techniques keep the users hooked to drive up screen time and as a result, drive up their profits.

‘Dogs Playing Poker’ by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge(1894)

The psychological principle…


The most rewarded people in society are usually the ones who are also the most creative. With the job market getting tighter by the second as more and more people can get an education and drive up competition, creativity is now more important than ever before [1]. Creativity can set you apart from other candidates as you can show that you have a lot of aptitude for new tasks and that someone should invest their time in you to see your full potential. Scientific studies have suggested a link between boredom and creativity.

We get bored because there is a…


We spend about a third of our life sleeping and it is vital to our brain and physical development. Sleep is said to consolidate memories and flush out any unwanted residue in the brain[1,2]. Sleep also helps heal any physical damage which is why after a poor night of sleep, we tend to wake up with sore muscles[3,4]. Sleep is our body’s way of recharging. Despite its importance in our life. We don’t fall asleep when nature and evolution has intended for us. …


When trying to make new habits, a common reason we fail is that we cannot sustain them. We might start eating healthy or working out one day but after a few days, our motivation for the activity declines and we revert to the old ways. Another common issue in making new habits is that we set out goals too high. So high that when we quickly fail to reach those expectations, we fail. This is where Kaizen comes in.

Kaizen is a Japanese method designed to make your habits stick for life. It does away with large goals and instead…


Puberty is an interesting time of life, you have mostly mastered most of the tasks related to your survival but have not properly matured into an adult yet. Think back to your teenage years and just how open you were to risky behaviours compared to how conservative you are now, this change has an underlying foundation in neuroscience.

You have likely heard of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the mainstream media and how they relate to motivation and happiness. Neurotransmitters are chemical that facilitates communication between the neurons in the brain. Did you know that neurotransmitters do not physically…


Every romantic brings about challenges and asks us to think about who we are and what role we play in such a relationship. But according to the uber influential American Psychologist Dr John Gottman, there are 4 things that we could be doing which could be gutting our relationship without significant other which have been nicknamed ‘ The four horsemen of a relationship’.

The first horsemen of a relationship is Criticism. Our actions often get criticised and we often criticise other’s actions. But this is a part of our lifelong development as humans. As children, our behaviour might get criticized…

Nihit Naphray

With over six years of experience in Psychology, writer Nihit Naphray tries to bring more knowledge about psychology to others in a digestible fashion.

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