Summary of How to practice emotional hygiene | Guy Winch | TEDxLinnaeusUniversity

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Guy Winch discusses how to practice emotional hygiene, which is important for maintaining a positive outlook and being happier. He describes how unhealthy psychological habits can lead to decreased success, and how to break these cycles. He also talks about how being psychologically healthy can help in other areas of life, such as recovering from illness.

  • 00:00:00 Guy Winch discusses the long-standing psychological gap between physical and psychological health, and how it affects our lives in dramatic ways. He shares the story of how he missed his brother during their ten-month separation and how it helped him realize that he no longer missed him. He also shares the story of how he and his brother were once again separated when he moved to New York City to pursue his doctorate in psychology, and how this separation was harder for him than the first.
  • 00:05:00 Guy Winch discusses how loneliness and failure can lead to distorted perceptions and a decreased sense of self-efficacy. He discusses how adults are susceptible to the same psychological wounds as children, and how these wounds can lead to a decrease in success.
  • 00:10:00 Guy Winch discusses the negative cycle of emotional hygiene in which individuals become convinced they can't succeed after a rejection, and how to break this cycle. He describes how rumination, a habit of focusing on upsetting thoughts, can lead to psychological injuries such as depression, eating disorders, and alcoholism. The advice is to catch and change unhealthy psychological habits, such as rumination, and to be compassionate to oneself when in emotional pain.
  • 00:15:00 Guy Winch discusses how to practice emotional hygiene, and how it is important to be psychologically healthy in order to have a positive outlook and be happier. He talks about his brother's recovery from cancer, and how being psychologically healthy helped.

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