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

What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is histrionic personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster B of dramatic/emotional/erratic personality disorders. Like any personality disorder, it doesn't just pop up out of nowhere in adulthood; it starts early and is pretty… Continue reading What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder

book cover: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is part of a series of pocket therapy books from New Harbinger Publishers. The book is short, the chapters are bite-sized, and it's very easy to read. The book is based on dialectical behaviour therapy, with a focus on emotional regulation.… Continue reading Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

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

What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is nonsuicidal self-injury. Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a fancy way of saying self-harm behaviour that differentiates it from suicidality. Cutting and burning are the most common methods, but there are a variety of other methods people use, including… Continue reading What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

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

What Is… the Window of Tolerance

NICABM In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the window of tolerance. Winterdragonflies recently did a post on this topic that got me interested in doing more reading on the topic. The window of tolerance was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel in… Continue reading What Is… the Window of Tolerance

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

What Is… Stoicism (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is stoicism. Stoicism came up in a book I recently reviewed, You Got This, and I wanted to find out more about it.  It means taking a detour from psychology into the world of philosophy. Stoicism in Ancient… Continue reading What Is… Stoicism (Insights into Psychology)

book cover: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for treating borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness isn't limited to people with BPD.  DBT is very skills-based, and… Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
MH@H 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

dbt wise mind as overlap between reasonable mind and emotion mind
MH@H Mental Health

Finding Wise Mind in DBT

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) has a lot of useful concepts, but one of my favourites is wise mind.  Wise mind is the area of overlap between our emotional mind and our reasonable/rational/logical mind.  To put it another way, it's like being able to draw on our left and right brain at the same time.  It's… Continue reading Finding Wise Mind in DBT