This post is by Chloe of GAD, Pure OCD, and Me. My toxic relationship, warning signs and the after effects In this post I am going to be writing about a previous toxic relationship I have had. I’m not going to be using his real name for confidentiality however those who know me well will… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: GAD, Pure OCD & Me (Chloe)
: The I got thinking about this recently because my best friend is a normalizer, and it really doesn't feel very good sometimes. But there are other times when normalizing aspects of mental illness can be helpful. So what's the difference? The invalidating way A little while back, I told my best friend that I… Continue reading Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways
This post is by Sana of The Curly Therapist. Photo by guest author What Does Your Attachment Style Say About You? What is "Attachment"? Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, especially long-term relationships, between a parent and child and between romantic partners. John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, pioneers of this… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sana (The Curly Therapist)
Where Is This Place They Call "Home"? is the second book in the Learners At Love Series by Melody Finch, who you may know from her blog Caramel (Learner at Love). The series follows protagonist Annabelle Riley as she grows emotionally and in her relationship. In this book, Annabelle crosses the Atlantic to pursue her relationship… Continue reading Book Review: Where Is This Place They Call Home?
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people. It affects around 13% of the population at some point during their lifetime. A key element of the condition is a fear of doing something that will result in humiliation. That's not me. … Continue reading Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People
I recently commented on another blogger's post and mentioned that depression makes me hard to love. From their response, it seemed like they misinterpreted where I was going with that, so I thought it was worth doing a post about. I've written before about how I used to conceptualize separate well and ill selves. My… Continue reading Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?
Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation to Support Others
Everything Isn't Terrible is written by marriage and family therapist Dr. Kathleen Smith and draws on Bowen theory. This theory of human behaviour sees anxiety as rooted in social relationships, so work on relationships must be done to improve anxiety. The book is divided into four sections: the anxious self, anxious relationships, anxious career, and… Continue reading Book Review: Everything Isn’t Terrible
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is enmeshment. Enmeshment was first described by family therapist Salavador Minuchin. It occurs when there is an extreme lack of boundaries, which prevents healthy differentiation into autonomous individuals. It occurs most often in families, although it can happen… Continue reading What Is… Enmeshment (Insights into Psychology)
He's a Porn Addict... Now What?: An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea is written to serve as a resource for partners of men with pornography addictions. It's a unique combination of viewpoints; Tony is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Josh is a former porn… Continue reading Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?