How much control do you have over your own mind? - graphic of head with cogs turning inside
MH@H Mental Health

How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Mind?

A while back, a post about choosing to be positive came up in my WP Reader feed. The blogger mentioned that "our mind is something we do and can have control over." While they weren't making reference to mental illness at all, I don't think control over one's own mind is quite so cut and… Continue reading How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Mind?

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Executive Functioning

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is executive functioning. The idea for this post came from Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. Executive functioning refers to higher-level cognitive processes related to organization and regulation. It's the C-suite of your brain, or kind of like… Continue reading What Is… Executive Functioning

Acceptance and commitment therapy metaphors: passengers on a bus, tug of war, leaves on a stream, and the chessboard
MH@H Mental Health

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is really big on using metaphors to convey key concepts. This post will take a look at a few of them. Self-as-context metaphors Chessboard A core message of ACT is that our self is the context for what happens inside out head, not the content of it. One metaphor for… Continue reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors

book cover: Remember by Lisa Genova
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Remember

Remember by Lisa Genova is a non-fiction book that explores how we do, and don't, remember. Genova is a neuroscientist who's also the author of five fiction books, all of which I've read. They feature characters with neurological conditions like Alzheimer's (Still Alice) and Huntingdon's (Inside the O'Briens). The book begins by describing how memories… Continue reading Book Review: Remember

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… 12 Irrational Beliefs and 3 Major Musts

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week, we'll look at the 12 irrational beliefs and 3 major musts described by Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT). I was vaguely familiar with REBT as the therapeutic approach behind SMART Recovery. Recently, when I… Continue reading What Is… 12 Irrational Beliefs and 3 Major Musts

Dead person goals: graphics of a bullseye and wrapped mummy
MH@H Mental Health

Do You Have Dead People Goals?

: The topic of dead people goals came to mind a while back when I was commenting on a post by Quiet Person Loud Thoughts. I couldn't remember where I'd first heard of it, but with some hunting around, it looks like I got the idea from Susan David's book Emotional Agility. The original idea… Continue reading Do You Have Dead People Goals?

The tree of contemplative practices from The Contemplative Mind Foundation
Wellbeing & Recovery

Exploring Contemplative Practices

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society I first heard of the term contemplative practices when reading the book A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa. This involves approaching an inner problem without avoidance or distraction. By establishing some mental space, you can consider the problem without getting caught up in the thoughts and emotions that… Continue reading Exploring Contemplative Practices

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Heuristic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is heuristic. Heuristics (from the Greek "to discover") are mental rules of thumb or shortcuts that allow our brains to process information and arrive at conclusions more quickly. A post not long ago covered philosophical razors, which are… Continue reading What Is… a Heuristic

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

What Is… Self-Verification Theory

ion In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what's interesting is that this applies even… Continue reading What Is… Self-Verification Theory

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Critical Thinking

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is critical thinking. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy says that, while there are various different definitions, the basic underlying idea is "careful thinking directed to a goal." Wikipedia describes critical thinking as "the analysis of facts to form… Continue reading What Is… Critical Thinking