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What Is... Psychology Series

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 (cartoon graphic of a tree)
Mental Health

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 How I Learned It’s Okay To Mess Up

modified johari window of knowledge
Science, Pseudoscience, & Media Literacy

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, as shown in the modified Johari window above: what we… Continue reading The Importance of What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

Self-Esteem Building Blocks – graphic of ABCD blocks
Psychosocial

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

What is... insights into psychology series
What Is... Psychology Series

What is… Deindividuation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is deindividuation. Every human is a unique individual with self-awareness. Deindividuation is a process by which people start to lose that self-awareness when part of a group. Oxford Reference defines deindividuation as: A psychological state characterized by loss… Continue reading What is… Deindividuation

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: The Art of Being Happy (Lisa Turner)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving 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 newer members of our community. This post is by Lisa Turner… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: The Art of Being Happy (Lisa Turner)

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Janine (Nina’s Corner)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving 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 newer members of our community. This post is by Janine of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Janine (Nina’s Corner)

book cover: 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal
Book Reviews

Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind

52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal lays out a year-long series of weekly small changes tto improve your overall mental wellbeing.  It's not specifically geared towards people with mental illness, but there are plenty of common sense, realistic ideas that could be useful for anyone. Each of the book's 52 chapters is… Continue reading Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind

Book cover: Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung
Book Reviews, Psychosocial

Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because so am I. The book defines introverts as "people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments."  The author's stance is that introversion is not a limitation.  The tone has a motivational, coaching style as… Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Introvert

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Anosognosia?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is anosognosia. I wouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard this term before, so let's break it down.  Agnosia is an inability to recognize people or things.  Nosology is the classification of diseases.  Throw the two together, and… Continue reading What Is… Anosognosia?