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What Is… Jealousy & Envy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are jealousy and envy. The terms jealousy and envy are often used synonymously, but they actually refer to two separate, although related, concepts. Envy Envy comes from a sense of personal lacking compared to another person's abilities, achievements,… Continue reading What Is… Jealousy & Envy

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Book reviews

Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illnesses may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of… Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

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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?  The author uses it to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

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Mental health

Why I Hate the 1-10 Mood Rating Scale

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay I became a nurse in 2004, which was before I became mentally ill.  Even then, I wasn't a fan of using a 1-10 mood rating scale with my patients.  It struck me as a bit of a cop-out—a poor substitute for actually exploring with the person how they were feeling. Adventures in… Continue reading Why I Hate the 1-10 Mood Rating Scale

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Mental health

Identifying Emotions

Wikipedia What exactly are emotions?  Well, there's no easy answer to that; it depends on who you ask and what their theoretical perspective is.   But regardless of how we define them, how do we describe them?  That can be easier said than done.  There's even a psychiatric term, alexithymia, for difficulty identifying and articulating… Continue reading Identifying Emotions

Mental health

Mental myths that get in our way

We tend to create a lot of rules about how we should think, feel, and act.  We may believe that there is some sort of objective truth to these rules, but the reality is they're really just mental myths.  These examples come from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: I don't deserve to get the things that I… Continue reading Mental myths that get in our way

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Shame and Guilt

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are shame and guilt. According to Wikipedia, guilt is a social emotion that stems from the belief that one is responsible for having violated standards of conduct or morality.  It tends to be strongly correlated with empathic responsiveness.… Continue reading What Is… Shame and Guilt

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Mental health, Stigma, Video reviews

Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience

Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms.  Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness. One way this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience.  By this, I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it seems as… Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience