Our Primary Psychological Concerns

As human beings, we are all faced with three primary psychological concerns based on the following three facts. First, we come into the world in a highly vulnerable state and must survive through a long period of dependency. Second, we have evolved a highly attuned and intense set of emotional responses to help us reactContinue reading “Our Primary Psychological Concerns”

Defense Mechanisms

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”― Sigmund Freud Defense mechanisms or psychological defenses involve a process of pushing away and avoiding thoughts or feelings that are too painful or morally unacceptable to us. Freud began writing about defenses in an early work, Studies on Hysteria (1895), where he described a mental process that translates toContinue reading “Defense Mechanisms”

Deepening Your Self-Awareness

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung Self-awareness involves the ability to be conscious of a range of experiences, including our emotions, thoughts, motivations, and behaviors. Our degree of self-awareness and the capacity to engage in self-reflection can have a significant impactContinue reading “Deepening Your Self-Awareness”

Coping with Loneliness

Loneliness is a common human experience and a powerful reminder of our need for connection to others. However, it can sometimes lead to feeling empty and unwanted. It is important to notice how we appraise or interpret these feelings and the meaning we assign to feeling lonely. It is not uncommon to experience critical thoughts,Continue reading “Coping with Loneliness”

Mindfulness Myths

Mindfulness is everywhere! We see references to mindfulness in all types of magazines and books, television, and even in the names of businesses. To be sure, mindfulness can be extremely helpful and research regarding the positive role of mindfulness for improving wellbeing is impressive. Nevertheless, mindfulness is not always well understood and a number ofContinue reading “Mindfulness Myths”

Emotional Report Card

What if we were given emotional report cards as children? This would imply many things, including an education grounded in emotional intelligence. As a society we strive to teach around cognitive and intellectual ability. Likewise, the intelligence quotient or IQ is based largely on these abilities. Nevertheless, emotional intelligence is highly correlated with success andContinue reading “Emotional Report Card”