What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Paruresis (Shy Bladder Syndrome)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is shy bladder syndrome, also known as paruresis. Shy bladder syndrome, or paruresis, involves difficulty urinating in public settings due to fear of perceived scrutiny when others are present or anticipated to be present soon. It actually falls… Continue reading What Is… Paruresis (Shy Bladder Syndrome)

The COVID world is built for introverts - cartoon of a germ with a stay at home mask
Society & Social Justice

The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

I recently saw a post by The Opinionated Woman titled The World Is Built for Extroverts. My comment was that the COVID world is build for introverts, and I thought I'd elaborate on that a bit. To start off, let's consider what introverts and extroverts are. Introversion and extroversion are on a spectrum, with most… Continue reading The COVID World Is Built for Introverts

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Shame Compass

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the shame compass. I first heard of the shame compass quite recently in a post by Zoe of Serious Mental Health. It was first described in 1992 by psychiatrist Donald Nathanson, and it identifies four different types… Continue reading What Is… the Shame Compass

Wise words from DBT creator Marsha Linehan: "People are doing the best they can."
MHH Mental Health

Wise Words from DBT Creator Marsha Linehan

Psychology Dr. Marsha Linehan is the creator of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which is generally the first-line treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, a condition which she herself has. It's very skills-based, and many of the skill are more broadly applicable than just for BPD. The focus for this post, though, is some of… Continue reading Wise Words from DBT Creator Marsha Linehan

Book cover: Spite by Simon McCarthy-Jones
MHH Book Reviews

Book Review: Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side

Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side by Simon McCarthy-Jones tells us why spite can actually be a good thing, even though it probably doesn't seem like it could be. An act is considered spiteful if it involves harming another person, but in doing so, also harming (or potentially harming) oneself. Spite causes us to… Continue reading Book Review: Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side

How does the inner critic get started? - cartoon of person weighed down by critical thoughts
MHH Mental Health

How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

I've noticed that a lot of people in the blogging world have quite a strong inner critic. I don't, and II find it fascinating when it seems like people believe that they should self-criticize in order to do things properly, or in order to avoid being a bad person. So let's chat about it. To… Continue reading How Does the Inner Critic Get Started?

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Dependent Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is dependent personality disorder. Dependent personality disorder (DPD) falls within cluster C, the anxious/avoidant personality disorders, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). People with DPD believe they're unable to care for themselves, and behave… Continue reading What Is… Dependent Personality Disorder

Self-improvement: Shouldn't you be good enough just as you are?
MHH Mental Health

Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

I've thought about this before, but the idea for this post came from a quote Suzette Benjamin shared on her blog: We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement…all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.Pema Chödrön I'm all in on this quote.… Continue reading Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

What is... insights into psychology series
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... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Diving Reflex

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the diving reflex. While the reflex itself has nothing to do with psychology, it's actually still relevant. The diving reflex is present in all mammals to some extent. It triggers a number of physiological changes that allow… Continue reading What Is… The Diving Reflex