Psychology

 
 
 
  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Link Between Physical Illness and Unhealed Trauma

We’ve known for a long while that unresolved emotional trauma can cause lifelong behavioural problems. Most notably, Dr. Gabor Maté has explained how addictions arise in people who’ve suffered wounds in the past, mostly during their childhood years, and how those wounds continue to manifest in negative ways throughout their lives.

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I’m a Therapist But I Won’t Fix You: 5 Questions That Can Help Us Help Ourselves

A woman perched on a grey sofa screams at her therapist. The room has a large window that looks out on blue sky and sunshine. “I’ve been coming here all these years and I’m still not okay. You’re the expert with all the training! Why haven’t you done a better job at helping me? You’re supposed to guide me toward what I need. I have entrusted myself to you. What is wrong with you? You’ve been wasting my time and money!”

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The 4 Essential Questions To Break Up Without Regrets

Recently, a few of my clients have been contemplating whether it’s time to end therapy. Some of my other clients have been contemplating whether to end their romantic relationships. Should I stay or should I go? How do I know? Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt Therapy says, “Just as at the beginning the patient has come under his own steam, so at the end he must go under his own steam (Perls et al., 2009, p250).” A premise of Gestalt Therapy is that ultimately the client knows best what they need. The job of the therapist is to facilitate awareness of blind spots so that they can make a more informed decision.

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Suicide: Falling Through The Cracks of Stigma

If you have ever lost a loved one to suicide, you know the tremendous amount of pain it causes. There may not be a worse feeling in the world. In my experience as a psychiatric nurse, I believe that nobody commits suicide because they want to die — they commit suicide because they want the pain in their lives to go away.

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Why Rebels Are So Important To Society

The human mind is incredibly complex. It’s been approximated that the human brain contains around 100 billion neurons, which is a testament to just how little we know about the uniqueness of the human experience. With as much as there is to understand, psychologists have spent years building conceptual frameworks of personality which serve as a way to break down the complexity into more easily digestible parts. One of the most common of these concepts is the “Big Five” dimensions of personality, however many more exist including work done by Carl Jung, as well as Dr. Carol Pearson’s “Six Archetypes We Live By,” as popularised by her book “The Hero Within.”

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Being Open-Minded Literally Changes the Way You See the World, Says New Research

According to new research, open-minded people don’t just see the world differently in an ideological sense, but in a new study entitled, ‘Seeing it both ways: Openness to experience and binocular rivalry suppression‘, psychologists have found that being high in openness can actually change visual perception.

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Mindfulness and Open Focus: Complementary Practices to Drastically Improve Your Lifet

Mindfulness is defined as an attention training, which can benefit health and general well-being. In this article we present another type of attention training called Open Focus. Combining these two approaches may help you to understand attention training better overall, and to experience its benefits faster and more effectively.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   An Open Letter from a Therapist
~ Therapy is a “come as you are” kinda deal. It’s a place where you can be real—let more of yourself roam free. You can be honest. There is no uniform. I don’t care what you look like. You don’t have to put on makeup. You don’t have to wash your hair. Arrive in your pajamas or your Burning Man tutu.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   The Work It Takes To Be Truly Vulnerable
Imagine, for a moment, that you wanted to get in better shape. You’d know what you’re in for right? More or less, the formula is to challenge your body in various ways that a) burn fat that isn’t serving you, b) build strength, and c) stress your muscles in order to produce growth. The results certainly won’t be immediate, but over time, we start to see where the grind is paying off. We engage with a stress point, knowing that a better version of ourselves is on the other side of the discomfort.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   Narcissism Has Reached Epidemic Levels in the United States — Could Self-Compassion be the Cure?

Narcissism is on the rise. We see it on social media, in friends and family — even ourselves, if we’re lucky enough to be self-reflective. In fact, Jean Twenge, author of ‘Generation Me’, believes we are experiencing a “narcissism epidemic” in America. To explore the idea, she surveyed more than 15,000 US college students between 1987 and 2006. During those two decades, levels of narcissism soared — with an astonishing 65 percent of modern-day students ranking higher in narcissism than what we’ve seen in previous generations.

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