The role of values in acceptance and commitment therapy
Therapy

The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

I did a post a couple of years ago about exploring values, but when I was reading a recent post on the topic by Burnie at Squash Stigma Not Fat, I thought it would be good to revamp that post. While values matter across the board, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) places particular emphasis on… Continue reading The Role of Values in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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

What Is… Moralization

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is moralization. This topic came to mind recently while reading a post on another blog. The author was making pornography a moral issue, and I wanted to do some exploring around that process of moralizing. The term moralization… Continue reading What Is… Moralization

What influences your worldview? - image of a head gazing at planet Earth
Our Social World

What Influences Your Worldview?

We all have a mix of many different factors that shape our worldview. I thought I'd tell you some of mine and hopefully you'll tell me some of yours. Growing up Education was highly valued in my family. My parents also believed in being very careful with money and not spending money you didn't have… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?

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

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… Consumer Culture

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is consumer culture. Caramel (Learner at Love) mentioned in a recent post that she'd seen pictures of luxury vehicles accessing food banks. It got me thinking about the pressures to consume newer, bigger, shinier things, and how some… Continue reading What is… Consumer Culture

A question of identity: What makes you, you?
Identity & Self

Exploring Identity: What Makes You, You?

We all have a variety of different characteristics and things floating around in our heads. But when you dig down deep to the core, what is it that makes you, you? I think a major part of the foundation of who we are is the sum of our entire life experiences. No one else has had… Continue reading Exploring Identity: What Makes You, You?

MH@H book review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  It's someone who struggles with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong emotional reactions.  The book focuses on emotional sensitivity; this is… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

The ACT Life Compass: an acceptance and commitment therapy tool for self-reflection
Therapy

Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that takes the stance that avoidance and resistance to internal experiences identified as negative is what causes cognitive distress. To resolve distress, ACT suggests that we need to employ strategies like mindfulness, de-fusion from our thoughts, and recognizing the self as the context in which… Continue reading Setting Sail with the ACT Life Compass

MH@H book review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson claims to provide "a counterintuitive approach to living a good life." He wrote this book in reaction to the problems he saw in the self-help industry. His own background is as a blogger; there's no indication that he has a background in psychology or… Continue reading Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

MH@H book review: Emotional Agility by Susan David
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Emotional Agility by Susan David

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life is written by psychologist Dr. Susan David. I was quite impressed with this book. When I'm reading a book to review, I make notes of the points that stand out for me; with this book, I ended up with several pages of notes, because… Continue reading Book Review: Emotional Agility by Susan David