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What Is… the Psychology Behind Selfies

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week, we’re going to look at the psychology behind selfies. Smartphones and social media have given rise to the age of the selfie, which was the 2013 Oxford Languages Word of the Year. Back in the not-so-distant day, selfies just …

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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 …

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Self-improvement: Shouldn't you be good enough just as you are?

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 …

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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 …

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

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: …

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Am I a bad person? Or maybe that's the wrong question

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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