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

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

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

What Is… Self-Esteem

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the extent to which we perceive the various elements of our self-concept positively. It incorporates our physical self-image, how we feel about the things we've accomplished, how successful we consider ourselves to be… Continue reading What Is… Self-Esteem

How do you feel about feeling good? - cartoon of a smiling sun
MH@H Mental Health

Meta-Feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?

Do you make judgments when things are going well? The idea for this post came indirectly from Mark Manson via AP2 of Clear Air Turbulence. It's about meta-feelings. Like metacognition is thinking about thinking, meta-feeling is feelings about feelings. Mental illness, or even a lot of stress, can mean extended periods of time feeling rather… Continue reading Meta-Feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?

Dead person goals: graphics of a bullseye and wrapped mummy
MH@H Mental Health

Do You Have Dead People Goals?

: The topic of dead people goals came to mind a while back when I was commenting on a post by Quiet Person Loud Thoughts. I couldn't remember where I'd first heard of it, but with some hunting around, it looks like I got the idea from Susan David's book Emotional Agility. The original idea… Continue reading Do You Have Dead People Goals?

The tree of contemplative practices from The Contemplative Mind Foundation
Wellbeing & Recovery

Exploring Contemplative Practices

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society I first heard of the term contemplative practices when reading the book A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa. This involves approaching an inner problem without avoidance or distraction. By establishing some mental space, you can consider the problem without getting caught up in the thoughts and emotions that… Continue reading Exploring Contemplative Practices

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

What Is… the Dunning-Kruger Effect

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the Dunning-Kruger effect. The Dunning-Kruger effect, first described by psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, is a type of cognitive bias that causes people to feel confident that they have greater knowledge or competence in an area… Continue reading What Is… the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Life lessons: how I learned it's okay to mess up - image of person sprouting from an acorn
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

It's fairly common, at least in the mental health blogging world, for people to self-criticize, especially if they they think they've made a mistake or failed to do something. I don't tend to do that, and recently had a bit of an aha moment about how it came to be that I believe that it's… Continue reading Life Lessons: How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

modified johari window of knowledge
Science Corner

The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

There's a lot of knowledge out there in the world. We've all accumulated some of it, whether that's by formal schooling, work, or life in general. There are several different ways in which we relate to the potential knowledge that's out there in the world. This can be seen in the modified Johari window diagram… Continue reading The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

Self-esteem building blocks - cartoon of alphabet blocks
Identity, Self, & Relationships

My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Recently I was commenting on a post about self-esteem by Caz of Mental Health 360º and decided it was worth expanding on in a post of my own. I've always has good self-esteem, and this is what I've identified as the basic building blocks that support it. Inherent worth of humanity This is probably more… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks