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

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

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

What Is… the Shame Compass

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the shame compass. I first heard of the shame compass quite recently in a post by Zoe of Serious Mental Health. It was first described in 1992 by psychiatrist Donald Nathanson, and it identifies four different types of… Continue reading What Is… the Shame Compass

Self-improvement: Shouldn't you be good enough just as you are?
Our Minds & Our Selves

Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

I've thought about this before, but the idea for this post came from a quote Suzette Benjamin shared on her blog: We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement… All the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.Pema Chödrön I'm all in on this… Continue reading Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?

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

What Is… Self-Verification Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-verification theory. Self-verification theory comes from social psychology, and it says that we want other people to see us the way we see ourselves. That might seem self-obvious, but what's interesting is that this applies even when… Continue reading What Is… Self-Verification Theory

MH@H book review: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion. It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience. The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Am I a bad person? Or maybe that's the wrong question
Our Minds & Our Selves

Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

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

What Is… Imposter Syndrome

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is imposter syndrome. I've seen a number of people write about this topic lately, so I thought I'd join in. The term imposter syndrome was first used in a 1978 paper in the journal Psychotherapy Theory, Research, and Practice. The… Continue reading What Is… Imposter Syndrome

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

What Is… Self-Efficacy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is self-efficacy. Essentially, self-efficacy is our belief in our ability to get shit done. Or, for a more textbook definition, there's this quote from psychologist Alfred Bandura: "Perceived self-efficacy refers to belief in one’s agentive capabilities, that one… Continue reading What Is… Self-Efficacy

Our Social World

The Mental Health Effects of Comparison to Others

The internet makes it very difficult to avoid comparison to others. There they are, in their Instagram-perfect photos and their seemingly amazing lives. Perhaps the "nice" thing to do would be to feel good for them, and maybe the reasonable thing to do would be to recognize that things probably aren't as perfect as they… Continue reading The Mental Health Effects of Comparison to Others

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

What Is… Codependency

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is codependency. We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction, and it's sometimes confused with dependency. What does it actually mean, though? While dependency involves relying on another person to help meet one's own needs, codependency is… Continue reading What Is… Codependency