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People readily seek medical advice when their bodies ache, yet they are reluctant to ask for help when their minds are in agony. Psychologist Guy Winch opposes prevailing attitudes that emphasize physical health over mental well-being and instead promotes “emotional hygiene.” He tailors his speech to a young audience, but though his delivery is simple, his worthy ideas are universally applicable. getAbstract recommends Winch’s candid presentation to anyone who struggles to realize inner contentment; his solutions may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Psychologist Guy Winch has written several books, including Emotional First Aid.



Some 100 years ago, society began to address the issue of physical hygiene. Within decades, life expectancy had increased by more than 50%. By shining a light on “emotional hygiene,” humanity could achieve similar returns in terms of quality of life. Yet people routinely ignore their psychological well-being to the detriment of their health and happiness. Several “psychological injuries” can warp your perceptions and become debilitating:

  • “Loneliness” – When you feel devoid of human connection, you believe that others don’t care about you. You become reluctant to reach out because you fear rejection...

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