What is... moralization
Insights into Psychology

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 view of the world? - graphic of dialogue bubble containing a variety of people
Society & Social Justice

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? graphic of a disappointed face
Sense of 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... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

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. Mel of Caramel (Learner at Love) did a post recently called Buy Now Pay Later that mentioned images she'd seen pictures of luxury vehicles accessing food banks. It got me thinking about the pressures to… Continue reading What is… Consumer Culture

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

What Is… Conformity

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is conformity. According to Psychology Today, conformity is "the tendency to align our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours with those around us." From an early age, we learn to mimic the behaviours we see around us.  In order to… Continue reading What Is… Conformity

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
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 acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) life compass for examining different life domains
Mental Health, Mental Health Tools

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

book cover: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson
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

Exploring values: kindness, curiosity, open-mindedness, respect, honest, and empathy
Mental Health, Mental Health Tools

Exploring Values as an ACT Strategy

Values: we've all got them, but how often do we think about them?  It's worth checking in with ourselves every so often as to what our values are, and how consistent our behaviour is with those values.  Unlike goals, values are not an endpoint, but rather a guiding direction.  Acceptance and commitment therapy offers some… Continue reading Exploring Values as an ACT Strategy