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Distress understood as high intense negative emotions

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

963 Days Ago

It is well known that when in distress we can not retain information and that our ability to learn, reflect and make sensible decisions is impaired. Distress is a complex phenomenon that hijacks a whole bunch of psychological processes, from attention and memory to interpretation and expectation. This is an important topic not only for the ones... [read more]

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: As Easy as ABC

Posted by Daniel Fryer

963 Days Ago

In a slight case of acronym overkill, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that takes a simple-yet-cunning approach to mental wellness, where activating events (A) trigger beliefs (B) that cause consequences (C). To find out more, read on… Pioneered and developed in the mid-1950s by a New York psychotherapist called... [read more]

Diabetic Distress

Posted by Ken Tait

1005 Days Ago

Are you a distressed diabetic? Are you diabetic and feeling down about it? Do you ask “why me”? You could be suffering from diabetic distress. A recent survey, led by Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics and psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, shows that diabetics are more prone to distress and... [read more]

Can't see the woods for the saplings!

Posted by Steven Blake

1015 Days Ago

An interesting and somewhat amusing insight came from a very innocent statement. My partner, Trudy, and I arrived on her driveway and before we got out of the car she spotted something of concern in the garden. She said “I really must cut those saplings”. There were 3 saplings from two to three feet high, weedy... [read more]

What is negative problem-solving orientation?

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1066 Days Ago

We know that in order to solve a problem we need problem-solving skills. Intuitively most people are aware of the steps that they need to take when facing a problem. How do we recognise a problem in its early stage and before it is too late? 1. Even if a problem is not in our awareness, our body... [read more]

Satisfaction in life: the ultimate algorithm

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1072 Days Ago

Is there such a recipe that we can follow to increase the likelihood of being satisfied in life generally? Also known as happiness or being happy, or state of contentment, satisfaction in life is something we all strive to achieve or experience. These notes will focus on activities as a primary source of contentment. Initially understood as a... [read more]

The right 'dose' of responsibility

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1072 Days Ago

Being responsible, accountable are qualities that we teach and nurture in our children. A responsible person is a great employee, highly valued by managers and colleagues. Friends, family are likely to seek to rely on ones who are responsible. One might think that there are no reasons to suspect that responsibility is not a great psychological... [read more]

What do we have emotions for?

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1072 Days Ago

Many people who come to therapy set themselves the goal of feeling better and many disappointingly re-negotiate the goal of getting better at feeling. What does this mean and why? What do we have emotions for? An evolutionary perspective on emotions views them as signals, signalling that there is something in our environment we need to attend... [read more]

The harm in making judgements

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1072 Days Ago

It has become common knowledge that being judged and labelled is harmful. Schools have recognised this as being an issue and have developed a no tolerance approach to bullying or any other forms of judgements or labels. We are less aware of the impact that labels and judgements have on the person that actually makes the... [read more]

When feelings are denied or brushed aside

Posted by Veronica  Grigore

1072 Days Ago

When feelings are denied or brushed aside people become increasingly conflictual with each other and themselves. What can we do to lower the likelihood of this happening? When our feelings are denied, the fight and flight response or defence mechanisms become the main vehicle of communication and expression of ourselves. In this way, as psychological individuals we... [read more]

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