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What is... psychology series

What is… Containment

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 suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by the way he himself had managed the trauma of fighting… Continue reading What is… Containment

What is... psychology series

What Is… the Inner Child

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the inner child. The concept of an inner child, or childlike aspect within each of us, has some roots in psychology, but it's also a pop culture phenomenon.  A search of Google Scholar for inner child psychology… Continue reading What Is… the Inner Child

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What is... psychology series

What is… Hypnotherapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is hypnotherapy. Psychology Today describes hypnotherapy as a "trance-like state of focus and concentration" that is reached with the guidance of a clinical hypnotherapist.  This state is likened to being fully absorbed in a good book, and it allows… Continue reading What is… Hypnotherapy

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Johnzelle

The emerging blogger series is a way to give mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. This week we have Johnzelle… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Johnzelle

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Transference & Countertransference

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms: transference & countertransference The concept of transference was first proposed by Sigmund Freud.  In therapy, it occurs when a client unconsciously redirects feelings associated with one person, often an important figure in the earlier part of their life,… Continue reading What Is… Transference & Countertransference

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Psychotherapy alphabet soup

Some studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a stronger predictor of therapeutic outcomes than the type of therapy used.  However, it seems logical that the type of therapy should at least to some extent match up with how you tend to conceptualize the problems you're experiencing.… Continue reading Psychotherapy alphabet soup