• Are We All Getting More Depressed?: A New Study Analyzing 14 Million Books, Written Over 160 Years, Finds the Language of Depression Steadily Rising

    1 month ago - By Open Culture

    The relations between thought, language, and mood have become subjects of study for several scientific fields of late. Some of the conclusions seem to echo religious notions from millennia ago. “As a man thinketh, so he is,” for example, proclaims a famous verse in Proverbs (one that helped spawn a self-help movement in 1903 ). Positive psychology might agree. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought,” says one translation of the Buddhist Dhammapada , a sentiment that cognitive behavioral therapy might endorse.
    But the insights of these traditions - and of social psychology...
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