Skinnyhobbit was recently asking about my bullet journalling setup, and now I'm finally getting around to writing about it. I've journalled off and on since I was a kid. I didn't journal every day, just when I felt like I had something to say, and it was basic narrative style. I kept my old journals… Continue reading How My Bullet Journalling Style Has Evolved
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
I started this post about three months ago after Rookyn of Never Stop Growing did a post about the beneficial effect of music and other positive/motivational audio on mood. She wondered what the science/psychology behind it might be, and of course, my virtual ears perked up at that. Unfortunately, she's since vanished from the blogosphere,… Continue reading How Music Affects the Brain and Mood
Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right? But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?
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
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 (you can read more in What Is… an Emotion). But regardless of how we define them, how do we describe them? That can be easier said than done. There's even… Continue reading Identifying Emotions