MH@H Insights into Psychology: Defense mechanisms - time to get a little Freudian

What is… a defense mechanism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: defense mechanisms The concept of defense mechanisms was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud.  They're strategies that are used unconsciously in order to protect the ego when faced with uncomfortable feelings. A number of defense mechanisms have been identified … Continue reading What is… a defense mechanism

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Mental Health @ Home Insights into psychology: Psychological stress

What is… Psychological Stress

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: Psychological stress It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week.  I've written before about how stress affects the … Continue reading What is… Psychological Stress

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Mental Health @ Home Insights into psychology: Oppositional defiant disorder

What is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is oppositional defiant disorder, which was suggested by Josh of Recovering Porn Addict. Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is typically diagnosed by the early elementary school years.  In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), diagnosis requires … Continue reading What is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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MH@H Insights Into Psychology: unconditional positive regard

What is… Unconditional positive regard

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: unconditional positive regard Unconditional positive regard was first proposed by humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers.  It involves accepting another person without judgment as a human being who has value. It's not about liking a person necessarily or accepting their … Continue reading What is… Unconditional positive regard

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MH@H insights into psychology: self-efficacy

What is… Self-Efficacy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: self-efficacy Essentially, self-efficacy refers to our belief in our ability to get shit done.  Or, for a more textbook definition, there's this quote from psychologist Alfred Bandura: "Perceived self-efficacy refers to belief in one’s agentive capabilities, that one … Continue reading What is… Self-Efficacy

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Insights into psychology: Compassion-focused therapy

What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: compassion-focused therapy Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a form of therapy developed by Paul Gilbert that draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism.  The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and … Continue reading What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

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What is… Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: burnout Burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger.  It's now included in the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon that can influence health, although it's not a medical … Continue reading What is… Burnout

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What is… amnesia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: amnesia Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions.  Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories.  Anterograde amnesia goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term stored memories. … Continue reading What is… amnesia

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