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Insights into Psychology, Trauma and PTSD

What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is STAIR narrative therapy. I recently stumbled across STAIR narrative therapy for PTSD, so I thought I'd do a post about it. STAIR stands for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. STAIR narrative therapy, which was developed… Continue reading What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Mentalization

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is mentalization. Mentalizing is something you do, but probably haven't heard of. My browser's spell-checker tells me it's not a word. Okay, so what is it? Well, that's not the easiest thing to explain. Defining mentalism The American… Continue reading What Is… Mentalization

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Panic Buying

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is panic buying. Panic buying has been in the news in the UK recently, and I'm sure everyone remembers the great toilet paper crisis of 2020. This phenomenon has occurred a number of times over the past century.… Continue reading What Is… Panic Buying

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is adaptive vs. maladaptive coping. I use these terms a fair bit, but I don't think I've ever actually explained them. One way of characterizing coping strategies is as being adaptive or maladaptive. Adaptive strategies make things easier… Continue reading What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Conformity

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is conformity. Whether we're talking about peer pressure, keeping up with the Joneses, or other influences, there's often a lot of appeal to conformity. That may be conscious appeal, or an influence we're not really aware of, but… Continue reading What Is… Conformity

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Resilience

In this series, I will dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is resilience. In its most basic sense, resilience means rebounding or springing back. The American Psychological Association (APA) describes it as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources… Continue reading What Is… Resilience

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is reactive attachment disorder. The DSM-5 classifies reactive attachment disorder (RAD) as a trauma-related disorder that develops in early childhood as a result of severe neglect and maltreament. It's been observed in children whose parents have an illness… Continue reading What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Self-Esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the extent to which we perceive the various elements of our self-concept positively. It incorporates our physical self-image, how we feel about the things we've accomplished, how successful we consider ourselves to be… Continue reading What Is… Self-Esteem

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Delusional Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is delusional disorder. Delusional disorder falls within the DSM-5 group of psychotic disorders, which also includes schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. However, it's different, in that its effects are much more compartmentalized. In delusional disorder, the delusional beliefs are… Continue reading What Is… Delusional Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Resting Bitch Face

That's King Louis XIV of France showing off his RBF. In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is resting bitch face. Okay, so the term resting bitch face certainly doesn't sound scientific, and it isn't. However, it does seem to be related to an actual… Continue reading What Is… Resting Bitch Face