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Depression, Mental Health

What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

Mental illness often affects what we think about, but it can also affect how we think, including the speed of how we think. Mania is an obvious example of speeding things up, and this may show up outwardly as pressure of speech. Anxiety, worry, and rumination can also be speedy in a sense, but tending… Continue reading What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

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Insights into Psychology

What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term isn't so much a term as a category. We're going to look at psychological effects that impact the process of reading. Missing Letter Effect If someone is asked to identify each occurrence of a particular letter in a… Continue reading What is… Psychological Effects on Reading

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

What is… Cognitive Remediation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is cognitive remediation. Cognitive remediation (CR) aims to improve psychosocial functioning by addressing several areas of neurocognitive functioning, such as attention, working memory, and executive functioning. CR is used mostly in schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury.  It's also… Continue reading What is… Cognitive Remediation

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

What Is… Rumination

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is rumination. According to the response styles theory, rumination involves the passive, repetitive focus on the nature of one's own distress and its causes and potential consequences.  It's self-referential, meaning it's focused on one's own thoughts and feeling,… Continue reading What Is… Rumination

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Mental Health Tools

The Worry Tree

Fellow blogger Skinny Hobbit recently mentioned a technique I hadn't heard of before, the worry tree, so I wanted to look into it a little more. Worry is related to but not the same as anxiety.  Worry is a thinking process that is focused around problems that may arise in the future, which can then generate… Continue reading The Worry Tree

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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… Intelligence Quotient (IQ)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is intelligence quotient (IQ). We've probably all heard of the IQ test as a standard way of measuring intelligence.  What's actually involved, though?  Well, to begin, we should consider what intelligence is.  There is no single agreed-upon definition,… Continue reading What Is… Intelligence Quotient (IQ)

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

What Is… Amnesia

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

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Suicide

Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead-Up to Suicide

I first learned about the concept of cognitive deconstruction when I reviewed Jesse Bering's book Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves.  He wrote about it as a process of narrowed thinking that can occur leading up to a suicide attempt. What cognitive deconstruction is The American Psychological Association defines cognitive deconstruction as: ... a mental state… Continue reading Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead-Up to Suicide

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

What Is… Attention

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is attention. We are constantly bombarded with a steady stream of stimuli, both internal and external.  Attention is the process by which we narrow our focus to certain pieces of information while excluding others. Visual attention Visual attention… Continue reading What Is… Attention