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120. Our Tendency to Dwell on Negative Info + Self-Acceptance Meditation (special LIVE replay)

In this episode, we're replaying a special LIVE chat from our Natural Mental Health Resilient Community. In this chat, we briefly talk about what resilience is and how self-acceptance and connection are critical factors in building resilience. We also highlight a very common obstacle known as the 'positive-negative asymmetry effect' or our human tendency to dwell on negative information more than positive information. This can be an obstacle to self-acceptance and it's important to call out. This chat also ends with a guided practice led by Dr. Henry Emmons, focusing on self-acceptance and the practice of letting go of self-judgement.


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Key moments:

00:00 Introduction to the Joy Lab Podcast
00:32 Understanding Resilience
02:33 Key Aspects of Resilience: Self Acceptance and Connection
03:35 The Role of Self Acceptance in Resilience
04:13 The Power of Connection in Building Resilience
04:20 Overcoming Obstacles to Self Acceptance
05:18 Understanding the Positive Negative Asymmetry Effect
07:36 Practical Exercise for Self Acceptance
22:08 Closing Remarks and Appreciation
23:21 Important Disclaimers and Terms


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