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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Selective Mutism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is selective mutism. Selective mutism (SM) is a rare disorder that begins in childhood and is characterized by an inability to speak in select social contexts (hence the "selective" part of the name). It used to be called… Continue reading What Is… Selective Mutism

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Insights into Psychology

Is the Term Gaslighting Overused?

It seems like everyone’s talking about gaslighting these days. But if everyone and their dog seems to be gaslighting (or being gaslit by) everyone else and their cat (or if cat and dog are both accusing the other of gaslighting them), is it really a meaningful descriptor of emotional abuse? Or does the meaning just… Continue reading Is the Term Gaslighting Overused?

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is Internal Family Systems therapy. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapeutic approach that's based on the idea that the mind is naturally multiple, and we all have a system of parts. It's often used… Continue reading What Is… Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms... but not this week. Instead, we'll take a look at ME/CFS, and why it's absolutely not all in someone's head. The National Institutes of Health describes ME/CFS as "a debilitating disease that lacks a universally accepted case definition, cause, diagnosis, or… Continue reading What Is… ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue)

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Executive Functioning

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is executive functioning. The idea for this post came from Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. Executive functioning refers to higher-level cognitive processes related to organization and regulation. It's the C-suite of your brain, or kind of like… Continue reading What Is… Executive Functioning

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a type of eating disorder that involves restricting food intake, not with the aim of weight loss, but more along the lines of picky eating twisted to… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is paranoid personality disorder. With this post on paranoid personality personality (PPD), we've now covered all ten personality disorders in the DSM-5 (you can find the rest of them in the Psychology Corner). PPD falls within the DSM-5's… Continue reading What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Autistic Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is autistic burnout. Autistic burnout is something I'd only heard of quite recently, and I was curious to learn more about it. It's a concept that's discussed a lot among autistic communities, but hasn't been well researched. A… Continue reading What Is… Autistic Burnout

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is borderline personality disorder. I've contemplated writing this post for a while, and was somewhat reluctant because there are quite a few bloggers out there with borderline personality disorder (BPD), who can certainly tell it a lot better than… Continue reading What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is rational emotive behaviour therapy. Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) was developed in the 1950s by psychologist Albert Ellis, and is an early form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). A fundamental belief is that are usually not emotionally… Continue reading What Is… Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy