Book Reviews

Book Review: Calm the F*ck Down

Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight is part of her series of No Fucks Given Guides. I've previously reviewed her book F*ck No, and she was one of the earlier adopters of swearing in book titles. The book begins with a note on the title, saying it's meant to be motivational rather than being… Continue reading Book Review: Calm the F*ck Down

book cover: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination book; it's not a pull up a cushion… Continue reading Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

Embracing imperfection: Nobody's perfect, so maybe it's best to embrace the quirks!
Mental Health, Sense of Self

Embracing Imperfection

None of us is perfect.  That's probably a good thing, because perfect would be boring and quirky can be far more interesting.  And maybe sometimes, rather than trying to put our best foot forward, it's worth diving into a quirky soup of messing up... and that metaphor ran out of steam in my head before… Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

book cover: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes
Book Reviews

Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes explains how concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can get you unstuck from your thoughts. The book takes a brief look at relational frame theory, on which ACT is based, but doesn't get bogged down in theory.  In a nutshell, a… Continue reading Book Review: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life

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

What Is… Unconditional Positive Regard

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is unconditional positive regard. Unconditional positive regard was first described by humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers.  It involves accepting another person without judgment simply because they are a human being who has value. It doesn't necessarily mean accepting a… Continue reading What Is… Unconditional Positive Regard

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

This post is by Sarah from Inside My Manic Mind. Maintaining Relationships When You're Capricious and Socially Inept If you are reading this with the hopes of finding wisdom and guidance, email me and I will try to point you in the proper direction. If you, like me, struggle with having to share the planet… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah (Inside My Manic Mind)

How judgmental are you? - image of finger pointing
Insights into Psychology

Are You Judgmental?

I think we judge.  We all judge, meaning we're all judgmental, 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… Continue reading Are You Judgmental?

book cover: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
Book Reviews

Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
Book Reviews

Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's someone who struggles with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses on emotional sensitivity; this is… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster