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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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