What makes video games so alluring?

Video games attract millions of players and billions of dollars of revenue. What makes them so alluring? Here are some thoughts: They use reinforcement and shaping. Having your character meet some challenge tends to be reinforcing by itself because of our strong desire to achieve. Games often reward effective players with gifts of extra time, […]

March 28, 2011.     Category: Uncategorized.   2 Comments.

Are you self-compassionate?

Self-compassion is in the news thanks to a forthcoming book on the subject by Kristin Neff:  “Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.”  Self-compassion involves being kind to yourself, even if you make mistakes. Individuals with high levels of self-compassion tend to feel happier and less stressed than other individuals. Perfectionists with self-compassion […]

March 5, 2011.     Category: Uncategorized.   5 Comments.