multicoloured enneagram personality type diagram
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Enneagram

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the enneagram. The enneagram is a personality typology that includes nine different personality types, which are depicted in the 9-pointed figure shown above. A key influence in the development of the enneagram as it is currently used… Continue reading What Is… the Enneagram

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because I'm also an introvert and am very much pro-introvert. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments." The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation (amen to… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung

How common is introversion? Stats from an American study
Identity, Self, & Relationships

How Common Is Introversion?

Introversion and extroversion are personality traits lying at opposite ends of a spectrum.  Some people fit with one extreme or another, but many people fall somewhere in the middle. Introversion & extroversion – what's the difference? Much of the difference between the two comes down to energy – where someone tends to focus it, and… Continue reading How Common Is Introversion?

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

What Is… Ego-Syntonic & Ego-Dystonic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's terms are ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic. The terms ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic come from the field of psychoanalysis, and they were coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914. Ego-syntonic ideas match up with the ego's needs, view of the self, and personality. Ego-dystonic… Continue reading What Is… Ego-Syntonic & Ego-Dystonic

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

What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are antisocial and asocial. For some reason, I have a very clear memory of a moment shortly after my nursing career began. I was at work and was saying something about being antisocial. One of the psychiatrists looked at… Continue reading What Is… Antisocial vs. Asocial

nature vs nurture building blocks
Science Corner

Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

IMDB I recently learned from a fellow blogger about the Dunedin Study, which explored the issue of nature vs. nurture and turned up some fascinating results.  The study followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in the New Zealand city of Dunedin.  Interviewing and testing with these individuals still continues, and the study… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study

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

What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week, we'll look at the difference between a personality trait and disorder. Personality traits 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… Continue reading What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

Book cover: The handbook for highly sensitive people by Mel Collins
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People is written by Mel Collins, who describes herself as a counsellor, spiritual healer, and reiki master, as well as a highly sensitive person (HSP). The book begins with a description of the characteristics of HSPs.  The author explains that they process emotions on a deeper level than others, and tend… Continue reading Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

Were you always depressed or anxious?
MH@H Depression

Were You Always Depressed or Anxious?

I ask about always being depressed or anxious because I know, for some people, their illness struck at a relatively young age, or there were always hints of what was to come even if the full-blown illness didn't hit until later. A life before depression It wasn't like that for me. My first episode of… Continue reading Were You Always Depressed or Anxious?

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

What Is… Type A Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is 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… Continue reading What Is… Type A Personality