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What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn't it?  Maybe, but sometimes the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don't actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

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To Avoid Or Not to Avoid: Coping With Mental Illness

Xavier Sotomayor on Unsplash Sometimes avoidance is adaptive.  If we see a mama bear and her cubs, we know we need to steer clear.  This is when our caveman brain is programmed to kick into fight or flight mode, and we probably never would have moved far beyond the caves without it.  But a lot… Continue reading To Avoid Or Not to Avoid: Coping With Mental Illness