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Emerging Blogger Series

Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)

This post is by Sadie Hall of Your Social Anxiety Bestie. Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels How Social Anxiety Therapy Helps Me Survive as a Mom, Human, and Camel (wait, what?) Mental health journeys are meandering things.  I’ve had my share of stumbles on my path to recovery from social anxiety, depression, and perfectionism.  Becoming a mother 5… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Sadie Hall (Your Social Anxiety Bestie)

Book cover: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary by Charlotte Dennis
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary: A Self-Help Diary with CBT Activities to Challenge Your OCD by Charlotte Dennis shares her experiences using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to manager her OCD.  It's designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a better pick than the ebook. The book is… Continue reading Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

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

What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn't it?  Maybe, but sometimes the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don't actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

The Should Monster: a purple monster with wings weighing you down with "shoulds"
Mental Health

Shoulding Ourselves to Death

I saw a post on the topic of shoulding recently on Grounding Growth and wanted to continue the conversation.  Definitely check out her stop the should worksheet. The word should can have several meanings, but the most relevant here is the one from Google dictionary, which Grounding Growth also referenced. "used to indicate obligation, duty,… Continue reading Shoulding Ourselves to Death

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

What Is… Exposure and Response Prevention

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is exposure and response prevention. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  It's similar to prolonged exposure therapy, which is used in anxiety disorders and PTSD,… Continue reading What Is… Exposure and Response Prevention

Book cover: Own it by Caroline Foran
Book Reviews

Book Review: Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work for You

In Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Caroline Foran aims to help you change your relationship with anxiety so that rather than trying to avoid it you can own it. The book isn't preachy at all, and feels like a chat with a good friend.  The author takes a no-bullshit tone, and assures… Continue reading Book Review: Own It: Make Your Anxiety Work for You

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

What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for pain. While initially, the idea of a psychological form of treatment for a physical problem may sound a bit odd at first, it makes more sense when you consider how inextricably connected… Continue reading What Is… CBT for Chronic Pain

Book cover: How to be miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J Paterson
Book Reviews

Book Review: How To Be Miserable

How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by psychologist Randy J. Paterson challenges us to make our lives more miserable than they already are.  The sneaky bit?  He'll make us realize that we're already doing a lot of those things inadvertently. The book consists of 40 lessons. These are divided into four cheekily… Continue reading Book Review: How To Be Miserable

Drilling down to core beliefs: graphic of drill going into head with gears inside
Mental Health

Drilling Down to Core Beliefs

Core beliefs are the underlying beliefs that we have about the self, others, and world, as well as the future.  They arise as a result of the experiences we've been through, including trauma.  Forms that core beliefs take They are held as absolutes, and tend to be expressed using words like "always" or "never".  They… Continue reading Drilling Down to Core Beliefs

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

What Is… Assertiveness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is assertiveness. Wikipedia explains that assertiveness can be seen as falling in between passive communication styles and aggressive styles.  Assertiveness training is a type of behavioural therapy developed in the 1960s that includes increasing awareness of one's own… Continue reading What Is… Assertiveness