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Mental Health Tools, 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

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Rumination

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is rumination. According to the response styles theory, rumination involves the passive, repetitive focus on the nature of one's own distress and its causes and potential consequences.  It's self-referential, meaning it's focused on one's own thoughts and feeling,… Continue reading What Is… Rumination

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

What Is… Ego-Dystonic & Ego-Syntonic Beliefs

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are ego-dystonic and ego-sytonic. The terms ego-syntonic/dystonic come from the field of psychoanalysis, and were coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914.  Ego-syntonic ideas match up with the ego's needs, view of the self, and personality.  Ego-dystonic beliefs do… Continue reading What Is… Ego-Dystonic & Ego-Syntonic Beliefs

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Science Corner

Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

I regularly read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and how thoughts vibrate and all that jazz.  This is often in relation to the so-called law of attraction.  This concept doesn't stay in the metaphorical realm; instead, it's not uncommon to see quantum physics being used to justify these kinds of ideas.  It annoys… Continue reading Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

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Mental Health

Drilling Down to Core Beliefs

Core beliefs are the underlying beliefs that we have about the self, others, and world, as well as the future.  They arise as a result of the experiences we've been through, including trauma.  Forms that core beliefs take They are held as absolutes, and tend to be expressed using words like "always" or "never".  They… Continue reading Drilling Down to Core Beliefs

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Science Corner

Is the Law of Attraction Real?

At one point I had come home from an extended stay in hospital, and because ECT had wiped out a chunk of memory, I discovered things in my house that I had no idea how they had gotten there.  One of those things I found was a book on the law of attraction. At first… Continue reading Is the Law of Attraction Real?

glossary of psychiatric terms: speech, behaviour, and affect
Mental Health

A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Like any field, psychiatry has its own collection of terminology.  Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it isn't.  I believe that knowing the jargon helps to narrow the power gap between health care providers and patients, so I put together this glossary of common psychiatric terms.   Alexithymia: an inability to identify and… Continue reading A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms