In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is competitiveness. From an evolutionary perspective, competition is hardwired into us; living beings need to compete for limited resources in order to survive. For most of us, though, that isn't too much of an issue, and the competitive… Continue reading What is… Competitiveness
Failure isn't fun. There's just no two ways about that. But what does that failure mean? I think that, particularly when mental illness is involved, it's easy to leap from "I failed at [X]" to "I'm a failure." But taking a step back, they're not really the same thing. Fear of failure Fear of… Continue reading Are You a Failure at a Task, or as a Person?
Skinny Hobbit of Growing Into Myself recently did a post on ring theory, which I hadn't heard of before. I was curious to learn more, and one of the sources she mentioned was an article on ring theory in the LA Times. Ring theory was developed by clinical psychologist Susan Silk. After having breast cancer… Continue reading Ring Theory – How to Support Grieving People
What is it that makes you, you? Is there even a self? A fundamental concept in Buddhism is non-self. The word Anatta is used for the principle that "there is in humans no permanent, underlying substance that can be called the soul" (Wikipedia). The belief that there is a self is viewed as a source… Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown cautions that depression and anxiety may result when we trade in authenticity for safety. This really resonated for me, as safety has become something that I grasp onto as tightly as possible wherever I can find it. Meg from Why does bad advice happen to good people? suggested when… Continue reading What Do We Give Up For Safety?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is 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… Continue reading What is… a defense mechanism
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the just world fallacy. The just world fallacy, also known as the just world hypothesis, is a common type of cognitive bias – a shortcut that the mind unconsciously takes when considering the world around us. Do… Continue reading What is… the just world fallacy
They may not be politically correct, but the terms psycho killers and psychotic killers get tossed around rather freely. Sometimes people will assume that to do horrific things people must be psychotic. But is that accurate? The notion that behaviours that make no sense must come from psychosis may originate from a few different mistaken… Continue reading Are “Psycho Killers” Psychotic?
I got thinking about this because I've seen a number of people write about anger recently, and it's not an emotion I've ever been comfortable with. Anger is a basic human emotion. We all experience it sometimes, and it has an associated facial expression that is universally recognized across cultures. Yet anger is far from… Continue reading How Childhood Affected My Relationship with Anger
The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one. Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? The essentials of positive psychology According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?
I think we judge. We all judge, even if we don't like to admit it, and that's okay. Or is it? I generally think of myself as pretty open-minded. I think people should embrace whatever viewpoints they want to embrace, as long as they're not channelling those views into harmful actions against others. If I… Continue reading Are you judgmental?
Can you be alone without being lonely? Or lonely without being alone? I would say yes on both counts. Google gives this as the primary definition of lonely: "sad because one has no friends or company." A secondary definition is "without companions; solitary." For both definitions "alone" is listed as a synonym. Google's definition… Continue reading Alone, But Rarely Lonely