Book cover: Introducing the Freud Wars: A Graphic Guide
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Introducing the Freud Wars: A Graphic Guide

Introducing the Freud Wars: A Graphic Guide by Stephen Wilson, with illustrations by Oscar Zarate, is part of the Introducing... series. I've previously reviewed two books in the series, Introducing Evolutionary Psychology and Introducing Psychology. I was expecting this book to humorous, given the topic, the cover art, and the other books in the series… Continue reading Book Review: Introducing the Freud Wars: A Graphic Guide

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

What Is… Transactional Analysis

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is transactional analysis. I got the idea for this from a post by Maja of Lampelina. Transactional analysis (TA) is a theory developed by psychoanalytic psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne. This may not be the least bit relevant, but… Continue reading What Is… Transactional Analysis

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

What Is… The Anal Triad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the anal triad. I originally intended to do this post on stubbornness. I couldn't find much interesting on that, but it led me to obstinacy, which in turn led to the anal triad. We have Sigmund Freud's… Continue reading What Is… The Anal Triad

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

What Is… Containment in Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is containment. Containment was first proposed by British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion to describe a pattern of communicating mental experiences. Another researcher later suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by his own traumatic experience fighting in World War I. Early… Continue reading What Is… Containment in Therapy

Is depression anger turned inwards? - cartoons of an angry and a depressed person
MH@H Depression

Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

I had never heard of the notion of depression being anger turned inward until I heard about it indirectly while I was in hospital after a suicide attempt. My primary nurse kept asking me what I was angry about. She was insistent that I must have been angry about something to have tried to kill… Continue reading Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is not so much a single term as a group of terms that fall within the umbrella of Freudian psychoanalytic theory. Love him or hate him, Sigmund Freud was quite remarkable in terms of his impact on the… Continue reading What Is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

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

What Is… Dreaming (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is dreaming. We all have dreams, whether we remember them or not, but what exactly are they? The reality is that no one really knows for sure.  There are a few things we do know, though. REM sleep Dreams… Continue reading What Is… Dreaming (Insights into Psychology)

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

What Is… Repression vs. Suppression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week, we're looking at repression vs. suppression. Suppression and repression are examples of Freudian defense mechanisms. They serve the purpose of removing unwanted information from conscious awareness. Suppression is done consciously, while repression is automatic and unconscious. Freud's psychoanalytic theory… Continue reading What Is… Repression vs. Suppression

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

What is… a Defense Mechanism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.¬†This week's term is defense mechanisms. The concept of defense mechanisms was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. They're strategies that are used unconsciously in order to protect the ego when faced with uncomfortable feelings. Freud identified a number of defense mechanisms, as… Continue reading What is… a Defense Mechanism

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