What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Transactional Analysis

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is transactional analysis. I got the idea for this from a post by Maja of Lampelina. Transactional analysis (TA) is a theory developed by psychoanalytic psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne. This may not be the least bit relevant, but… Continue reading What Is… Transactional Analysis

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

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

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

This post is by Matthew of Matt's Mishaps. Image by silviarita from Pixabay How college bested me and my anxiety Prior to attending postsecondary school, I was completely clueless as to what being a college student was, or what going to a university for four years entailed for my future. Living away from home, taking… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

How much of your life is spent online, and how does that affect your mental health?
Mental Health

How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

Up until a few years ago, my life was mostly lived "in the real world." The internet was a useful tool, but it wasn't so much a means of with others. My human contacts happened mostly in person, and I wasn't very good about maintaining connections with people I no longer saw in person for… Continue reading How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

Sometimes "okay" means "not okay"
Mental Health

When “Okay” Is Not Okay

I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or other chronic illness, for that matter, have a standard set of responses that we sometimes draw on when answering questions about how we are and what we do. "Not okay" just isn't something most people want to hear. For me, these standard responses may… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

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

Book cover: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Book Reviews

Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg describes a form of compassionate communication. The foreword is by Deepak Chopra, which wasn't a great start for me, as New Age really isn't my thing. Rosenberg and I seem to look at the world very differently, so this is less book review and more… Continue reading Book Review: Nonviolent Communication

Diagram of ring theory to support grieving people - comfort in, dump out
Insights into Psychology

Ring Theory – How to Support Grieving People

Skinny Hobbit of Growing Into Myself recently did a post on ring theory, which I hadn't heard of before.  I was curious to learn more, and one of the sources she mentioned was an article on ring theory in the LA Times. The development of ring theory Ring theory was developed by clinical psychologist Susan… Continue reading Ring Theory – How to Support Grieving People

Why depression makes it hard to be around people - graphic of person standing out from a group
Depression

Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people.  It affects around 13% of the population at some point during their lifetime.  A key element of the condition is a fear of doing something that will result in humiliation. That's not me. … Continue reading Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

Book cover: F*ck no! by Sarah Knight
Book Reviews

Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes

F*ck No is written by Sarah Knight, who is also the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.  This book covers a variety of situations, including social, work, partner, and family, and helps you to get more comfortable saying no to others' demands. The book includes a variety of fun diagrams in… Continue reading Book Review: F*ck No: How to Stop Saying Yes