In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: personality trait vs. disorder Wikipedia defines personality traits as "habitual patterns of behaviour, thought, and emotion" that are mostly stable across time and context. Some traits fall on a continuum, such as introversion/extraversion. It's unclear the extent to … Continue reading What is… a personality trait vs. disorder
Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they're quite different. In this post we'll look at some of the similarities and differences. Introversion is a personality trait, and appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology. The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the two. … Continue reading Introversion, shyness and social anxiety – What’s the difference?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: 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 on achievement, … Continue reading What is… Perfectionism
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: Type A personality The first question that popped into my mind when I thought of delving into this topic was are there other letters? Because you only ever seem to hear about type A. So let's get to it. … Continue reading What is… type A personality
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: Narcissism It seems like there's talk about narcissism all over the internet these days, so I thought I would delve into it a little further. The term derives from Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus, who fell in … Continue reading What is… narcissism
A little while back I was reading a blog post that talked about Dr. Elaine Aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person. I though huh, sounds like I'm probably one of those. So I picked up the book from the library and had a read, and it got me thinking about traits and illness and all … Continue reading Not-so-highly-sensitive person
I have always been an introvert, yet there is always an underlying awareness that being introverted is not necessarily socially acceptable.
I can get pretty irritable sometimes because of my depression. I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old. One of my former community psychiatrists once told me "you can be a real bitch when you're not well".