Leaning into reactions to recognize triggers: the role of introspection
Mental Health & Illness

Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

It's interesting what you can uncover if you lean into reactions, including triggers that weren't initially obvious. In this post, I'm using trigger in a general sense to refer to one thing bringing up (triggering) something else that's not directly related, rather than talking about trauma triggers that cause re-experiencing. What got me thinking about… Continue reading Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

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

What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is adaptive vs. maladaptive coping. I use these terms a fair bit, but I don't think I've ever actually explained them. One way of characterizing coping strategies is as being adaptive or maladaptive. Adaptive strategies make things easier… Continue reading What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

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Identity & Self

The Anti-Self-Deprecation Challenge: 5 Things I’m Good At

Yesterday, Jewish Young Professional posted this anti-self-deprecation challenge. It's easy to focus on flaws, even if it's in a light-hearted self-deprecating way rather than a self-critical way, and most of us don't talk enough about the good stuff. I decided to join in, and I encourage you to as well! Organizing Organization has always been… Continue reading The Anti-Self-Deprecation Challenge: 5 Things I’m Good At

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

What Is… Resilience

In this series, I will dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is resilience. In its most basic sense, resilience means rebounding or springing back. The American Psychological Association (APA) describes it as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources… Continue reading What Is… Resilience

MH@H book review: I Hate You Don't Leave Me
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me

I Hate You – Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Strauss is the new third edition of a book that was first published in 1989. It's probably one of the more widely recognized books about borderline personality disorder (BPD). There was a note to readers at the beginning… Continue reading Book Review: I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me

Self-care - it's not selfish, and shouldn't be optional
Recovery and Well-being

Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

I got thinking about this after reading a post a while back by Cynni Pixy. Sometime's it's easy to assume self-care is just bath bombs and spa days. As lovely as they may be, they're just a small part of a much bigger picture. Let's start with some a couple of definitions for self-care from… Continue reading Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

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

What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is reactive attachment disorder. The DSM-5 classifies reactive attachment disorder (RAD) as a trauma-related disorder that develops in early childhood as a result of severe neglect and maltreament. It's been observed in children whose parents have an illness… Continue reading What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

Do you love yourself? - graphic of a woman hugging herself
Identity & Self

Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

Em of From Famine to Feast wrote recently about why self-love is a good call, whereas my friends at WeDIDit wrote about relief that self-love wasn't required to move forward. Around the same time, Andy of Eden in Babylon was talking the clusterfuck entailed in the word love and the many different things we use… Continue reading Do You Love Yourself? A Look at Self-Love

Stigma, word policing, and targeting the wrong audience: graphic of tree with dialogue bubbles
Stop the Stigma

Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience

Stigma is a social phenomenon that encompasses stereotypes, prejudiced attitudes based on those stereotypes, and discriminatory behaviours. There are a lot of anti-stigma advocates, both organizations and individuals, focusing on word usage and what to say or not say about mental illness. This is sometimes referred to as word policing or language policing. Sometimes, those… Continue reading Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience

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

What Is… Delusional Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is delusional disorder. Delusional disorder falls within the DSM-5 group of psychotic disorders, which also includes schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. However, it's different, in that its effects are much more compartmentalized. In delusional disorder, the delusional beliefs are… Continue reading What Is… Delusional Disorder