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

What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is "a little OCD," chances are, what they're referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they're talking about is far more like… Continue reading What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Embracing imperfection: Nobody's perfect, so maybe it's best to embrace the quirks!
Mental Health, Sense of Self

Embracing Imperfection

None of us is perfect.  That's probably a good thing, because perfect would be boring and quirky can be far more interesting.  And maybe sometimes, rather than trying to put our best foot forward, it's worth diving into a quirky soup of messing up... and that metaphor ran out of steam in my head before… Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

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

What Is… Imposter Syndrome

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is imposter syndrome. I've seen a number of people write about this lately, so I don't remember anyone specific to mention for inspiring this post. The term imposter syndrome was first used in a 1978 paper in the… Continue reading What Is… Imposter Syndrome

book cover: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown.  I was not disappointed.  This book offers as set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness".  The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful… Continue reading Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

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

What Is… Perfectionism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is perfectionism. Perfectionism is "a set of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors aimed at reaching excessively high unrealistic goal" according to a Brown University site.  It tends to be learned through messages early in life that value is based… Continue reading What Is… Perfectionism