What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology, Trauma and PTSD

What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is STAIR narrative therapy. I recently stumbled across STAIR narrative therapy for PTSD, so I thought I'd do a post about it. STAIR stands for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. STAIR narrative therapy, which was developed… Continue reading What Is… STAIR Narrative Therapy for PTSD

Mental Health @ Home book review: From Hardened to Healed
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: From Hardened to Healed

From Hardened to Healed by Debi Silber encourages readers to move beyond where they're stuck right now to a place of greater healing. I learned of this book from Joshua Shea, who you may know from his blog paddictrecovery.com; in the book, he shares his story of recovery from addiction and betrayal trauma. The author… Continue reading Book Review: From Hardened to Healed

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

What Is… Mentalization

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is mentalization. Mentalizing is something you do, but probably haven't heard of. My browser's spell-checker tells me it's not a word. Okay, so what is it? Well, that's not the easiest thing to explain. Defining mentalism The American… Continue reading What Is… Mentalization

Toxic productivity: Graphic of a man trying to do multiple tasks at once
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Why Is Toxic Productivity a Thing?

I'm generally pretty out of the loop when it comes to pop psychology phenomena, so I just stumbled across the term toxic productivity fairly recently. While I hadn't heard the term before, I'm at least with it enough to know that productivity talk is all over the internet. What is toxic productivity? Toxic productivity is… Continue reading Why Is Toxic Productivity a Thing?

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

What Is… Panic Buying

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is panic buying. Panic buying has been in the news in the UK recently, and I'm sure everyone remembers the great toilet paper crisis of 2020. This phenomenon has occurred a number of times over the past century.… Continue reading What Is… Panic Buying

Psychosis, psychopathy, & other psych terms; they may sound similar, but have very different meanings
MH@H Mental Health

Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There's a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity. Word roots… Continue reading Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

Leaning into reactions to recognize triggers: the role of introspection
Trauma and PTSD

Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

It's interesting what you can uncover if you lean into reactions, including triggers that weren't initially obvious. In this post, I'm using trigger in a general sense to refer to one thing bringing up (triggering) something else that's not directly related, rather than talking about trauma triggers that cause re-experiencing. What got me thinking about… Continue reading Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

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

What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is adaptive vs. maladaptive coping. I use these terms a fair bit, but I don't think I've ever actually explained them. One way of characterizing coping strategies is as being adaptive or maladaptive. Adaptive strategies make things easier… Continue reading What Is… Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Coping

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

What Is… Conformity

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is conformity. Whether we're talking about peer pressure, keeping up with the Joneses, or other influences, there's often a lot of appeal to conformity. That may be conscious appeal, or an influence we're not really aware of, but… Continue reading What Is… Conformity

Book cover: Introducing Consciousness: A Graphic Guide
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Introducing Consciousness: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Consciousness: A Graphic Guide by David Papineau and Howard Selina is the latest book in this series I've read. It explores what this thing is that we call consciousness. There are no answers, because consciousness remains pretty elusive, but the book doesn't aim to give you answers. One of the ideas raised was philosopher… Continue reading Book Review: Introducing Consciousness: A Graphic Guide