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

What Is… Neuroticism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is neuroticism. Neuroticism is a personality trait that's part of the Big Five model of personality. It involves: ... the tendency to experience frequent, intense negative emotions associated with a sense of uncontrollability (the perception of inadequate coping)… Continue reading What Is… Neuroticism

How much control do you have over your own mind? - graphic of head with cogs turning inside
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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?

Book Cover: I Will Not Be My Mental Illness
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Book Review: I Will Not Be My Mental Illness

I Will Not Be My Mental Illness: Let's Recover Together by Karina Pommainville-Odell, a fellow blogger, is an invitation for the reader to join the author in working on a better life with mental illness. The book's tone is friendly and encouraging, and positive in a realistic rather than over the top way. Chapters are… Continue reading Book Review: I Will Not Be My Mental Illness

Is crying good for you? - image of cartoon face crying
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Is Crying Good For You?

Crying can be a sign of joy, sadness, or frustration. Crying in public isn't generally considered socially acceptable, and may be interpreted as a weakness. But are there any benefits from it? Well, maybe. Who cries, and when? Crying in response to pain is common until adolescence, but adults don't usually cry for that reason.… Continue reading Is Crying Good For You?

How do you feel about feeling good? - cartoon of a smiling sun
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Meta-Feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?

Do you make judgments when things are going well? The idea for this post came indirectly from Mark Manson via AP2 of Clear Air Turbulence. It's about meta-feelings. Like metacognition is thinking about thinking, meta-feeling is feelings about feelings. Mental illness, or even a lot of stress, can mean extended periods of time feeling rather… Continue reading Meta-Feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?

Dead person goals: graphics of a bullseye and wrapped mummy
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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?

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

What Is… an Emotion (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is emotions. This may seem like a rather obvious topic; after all, we all have emotions. But there's actually more than meets the eye, so I thought it would be interesting to look a little closer. Emotions are… Continue reading What Is… an Emotion (Insights into Psychology)

book cover: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
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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

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Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

This post is by Valerie Rice of The Tiny Couch. Journaling: Good Vs.Evil We have probably all heard about the therapeutic technique of journaling. Some of us might even keep a journal or diary on our nightstands, even if we only use it sporadically. Well, that’s cool, but do you really know why? I truly… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

Book cover: Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears & Do It Anyway
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Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff

Stop Avoiding Stuff, by Matthew S. Boone, Jennifer Gregg, and Lisa W. Coyne, tackles avoidance using techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy. It teaches microskills that you can use as alternatives to avoidance, and suggests teeny tiny practices along the way. The book starts off with a look at what avoidance is and why we… Continue reading Book Review: Stop Avoiding Stuff