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?" 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?
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
I've written about this before in more general terms (What Does the Self Consist of?), but in this post I'll try to get a little more specific. I think a major part of the foundation of who any of us is is the sum of our life experiences. No one else has had the exact… Continue reading What Is It That Makes You, You?
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
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
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
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is written by Mark Manson. He's a blogger who wrote this book in reaction to the problems he saw in the self-help industry, but he doesn't have a background in psychology or any sort of related field. This book… Continue reading Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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
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. I ended up with several pages of notes for this book, because… Continue reading Book Review: Emotional Agility