Science and technology for enhancing emotional intelligence and building meaningful human connections

How can we live happy lives?

Harvard University has been running a study for 80 years(1) to answer that magic question.

The main conclusion is that warmth of relationships throughout life has the greatest positive impact on life satisfaction. Happiness is the connections we make with our colleagues, friends, lovers and family.

So how can we connect better?

Research shows that anxiety in social situations is a big barrier preventing us from making meaningful connections and improving our personal and professional relationships(2).

Cognitive models suggest that when someone experiences anxiety in social situations, the brain generates distorted beliefs that affect how the person perceives himself and how others evaluate him(3). These negative beliefs about oneself lead to exaggerated negative emotional responses, like fear and anxiety, and maladaptive behaviors, like social avoidance and isolation, which create a vicious cycle.

At Youper, we use the most effective evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to break that vicious cycle and rewire the brain to boost confidence and reduce anxiety.

Several studies demonstrate that these techniques can change our brain’s pathways, something scientists call neuroplasticity(5). Research shows that individuals achieve significant improvements using them and maintain those gains for up ten years(6).

Our science team, led by our co-founder and psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton, is dedicated to continuously assembling the latest evidence-based research and blending them with behavior analytics technology to deliver the best digital solution that unlocks the full potential to connect and enjoy a healthy social life.

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References

1. Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study.

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Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press. May 4, 2015.

4. Psychological and pharmacological interventions for social anxiety disorder in adults: a systematic review and network meta-analysis.

Mayo-Wilson E, Dias S, Mavranezouli I, Kew K, Clark DM, Ades AE, Pilling S.

The Lancet Psychiatry. 2014;1(5):368–376.

2. Social fears and social phobia in the USA: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.

Ruscio AM, Brown TA, Chiu WT, Sareen J, Stein MB, Kessler RC.

Psychological Medicine. 2008;38:15–28.

5. Treatment for social anxiety disorder alters functional connectivity in emotion regulation neural circuitry.

Young KS1, Burklund LJ1, Torre JB1, Saxbe D2, Lieberman MD1, Craske MG3.

Psychiatry Res. 2017 Jan 16;261:44-51.

3. Cognitive factors that maintain social anxiety disorder: a comprehensive model and its treatment implications.

Hofmann SG.

Cognitive Behavior and Therapy. 2007;36:193–209.

6. Psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder: long-term effectiveness of resource-oriented cognitive-behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy in social anxiety disorder.

Willutzki U1, Teismann T, Schulte D.

J Clin Psychol. 2012 Jun;68(6):581-91.