Category: Psychology

halloween

Why Do We Have Halloween?

Why do we have Halloween? It’s time to carve and light the pumpkins, don the fangs and liberally drizzle the fake blood!  Halloween is the time to revel in the darkness and delight in savage, gruesome and thrilling.  Of course, this is particularly exciting for many of us precisely because we feel under a certain amount of social pressure from

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effective ways to deal with relationship problems

Important Decisions

First we will explore why making important decisions can be difficult and the psychological qualities that are necessary if we are to be decisive when under stress. Making good decisions, especially important ones is often anxiety provoking and paradoxically this anxiety makes a decision harder to come to. Making a decision results in a change of some sort, usually swapping

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family

Getting Older

In this blog we highlight and explore the psychological characteristics that are necessary to allow us to embrace the ageing process and that protect us from problems such as anxiety, panic and depression later on in life. On a day to day basis we seem to be reasonably skilled at avoiding the reality of our mortality, if we weren’t we

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depression

Why we Feel what we Feel

We have evolved to feel, therefore our emotions must serve a function, one intended to enhance our chances of survival. If we can understand a little more about why we experience certain emotions it better places us to tolerate and respond to them in ways that improve our lives, rather than feeling overwhelmed by them and responding in ways that

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depression

Can Trying To Be Happy Make You Miserable?

“There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way” Part of the reason we are so successful as a race is our drive to improve and develop. We are always striving for the next thing, to be more, to be richer, thinner, healthier, younger and happier. These goals create anxiety or pressure which motivates us

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Does Modern Life Make Us Sad?

Modern life in and of itself does not have the power to make us sad. If it did it would have the same effect on everyone. It is how we think about things and the way we respond to them that affects how we feel. Those who have a strong sense of their own worth are able to think about

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clinical psychologists

5 Facts about Clinical Psychologist

5 Facts about Clinical Psychologist 1. Clinical Psychologists are Doctors Clinical Psychologists hold 2 degrees; the first is an undergraduate degree either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology. The second degree is a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with involves teaching, practical and research elements. This means that Clinical Psychologists are the most highly

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Quater life crisis

What is the Quarter life Crisis?

Quarter life Crisis The quarter life crisis is a relatively new phenomenon that has been observed in young adults once they finish their formal education and are starting to live their lives independently of their parents. They are for the first time facing the experience of ‘standing on their own two feet’ and taking on all the ‘adult’ responsibilities that

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Mid life chrisis

Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis Towards the middle of our lives we experience a flood of awareness. This can be triggered by any number of events including health problems, divorce, death or children leaving home. At this point in our lives we realise that we have lived at least half of our life, we start to review what we have achieved and consider

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Are We All Just Worried About The Same Thing?

It seems that our greatest fears and worries and the mental health problems that arise from them are underpinned in the most part by one of two key concerns, either a belief in our own worthlessness or a belief that we will be abandoned by those that we love. The extend to which we all hold these core beliefs depends

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Why enough is never enough

Why Enough is Never Enough

Evolutionary Psychologists suggest that our brains have evolved to cope with scarcity not abundance which is why we struggle to say ‘no’ and know when ‘enough is enough’. Add this to a marketing industry that spends billions on ensuring we are never content and it become incredibly hard to know where to draw the line in the sands of striving

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Build a bridge to success

What is Real Success?

Success is the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted. The natural starting position for success therefore is of not having yet achieved, the end point recognising when you have. However, for those with low self esteem and high self criticism, the tendency to minimise or ignore what they have accomplished means that success for them remains forever what has

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confidence

Why is being confident so important?

The Importance Of Confidence We are all born with a combination of attributes both physical and psychological. The range of these attributes is diverse from physical attractiveness and strength to intelligence and artist creativity and also variable. However, it is not where in the metaphorical queue for these characteristics we were standing that determines how influential a part of our

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Vitruvian Man

An Insight Into How Our Minds Works

One day, an old chef was walking by the river with his grandson, thinking about what wisdom to impart to the boy. He told him that our minds are like the river: ever flowing. But within the flowing waters are different currents, and so it is within our minds. Inside himself, the old chef said, he can sometimes feel two

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happy and sad face

Can Trying To Be Happy Make You Miserable?

There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way Part of the reason we are so successful as a race is our drive to improve and develop. We are always striving for the next thing, to be more, to be richer, thinner, healthier, younger and happier. These goals create Anxiety or pressure which motivates us

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man looking stressed

Does Modern Life Make Us Sad?

Modern life in and of itself does not have the power to make us sad.  If it did it would have the same effect on everyone.  It is how we think about things and the way we respond to them that affects how we feel. Those who have a strong sense of their own worth are able to think about

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