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do not confuse empathy with gossip... - George Kakoullis | Facebook

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Dare to disagree

Dare to disagree | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
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The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Constant negativity can get in the way of happiness, but with practice, you can learn to disrupt and tame negative cycles.
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Person-Centered Process: The Soul of Therapeutic Change, by Blake Griffin Edwards

Person-Centered Process: The Soul of Therapeutic Change, by Blake Griffin Edwards | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it

"...The task of therapy is, in part, one of empathy and its byproduct, encouragement. As courage expands, openness to change merges into willingness. Willingness is an expression of courage. Transformative change occurs in the lives of those who are open to it, turn their will toward it, and surrender self-protective artificialities and fears to a grander scheme. Faith, hope, or even relationship may catalyze therapeutic transformation. This sort of change demands great preparation, care, and patience. It is surprising to many that when transformative changes do occur, they often come in subtle ways and bring with them simple joys, almost unexpectedly. The novelist John Steinbeck (1954) wrote, “Change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” Viktor Frankl (1988) insisted, “One has long ago come to realize that what matters in therapy is not techniques but rather the human relations between doctor and patient, or the personal and existential encounter” (p. 6). Carl Rogers (1961) conjectured that optimal therapy requires a therapist entering into an intensely personal and subjective relationship with a client, “relating not as a scientist to an object of study, not as a physician expecting to diagnose and cure, but as a person to a person” (pp. 184-185). Yet we are easily wooed by gimmicks and novelty, aren’t we? In his 1784 essay, “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?,” the philosopher Immanuel Kant asserted, “Dogmas and formulas, these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use—or rather abuse—of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting nonage [or, immaturity].” If a psychotherapist is lifeless or his technique too technical, his efforts to help may be worthless. Therapy, in this case, is not relationship but a poor excuse for scientific experimentation. The mechanisms of some psychotherapies undermine their therapeutic value. If a therapist is not fully present as a warm, accepting, genuine, caring person, then the power center of therapy remains turned off and, for all practical purposes, ineffective. Ultimately, the person-centered process in psychotherapy is the soul of therapeutic change." [click on the title for the full article]


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Talking to Your Therapist About Election Anxiety

Talking to Your Therapist About Election Anxiety | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Therapists say that some of the campaign issues — safety, secrecy and boundaries — play into our deepest worries.
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Can You Salvage Your Relationship With Mom? Should You?

Can You Salvage Your Relationship With Mom? Should You? | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
The plight of the unloved daughter remains a societal secret, kept under wraps and rarely acknowledged. But many of us don't get our emotional needs met in childhood.
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Does reading fiction make you a better person?

Does reading fiction make you a better person? | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Psychologist Keith Oatley explains how stories could help make us more empathetic — and, ultimately, more human.
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How You Fight With Your Spouse May Affect Different Body Parts

How You Fight With Your Spouse May Affect Different Body Parts | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Angry spouses had chest pain, while stonewallers felt it in their back and neck muscles.
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Taking Pictures Boosts Positive Feelings About Experiences | Psych Central News

Taking Pictures Boosts Positive Feelings About Experiences | Psych Central News | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
New research shows that photographing experiences usually increases positive feelings about them. That’s because photography can “heighten enjoyment of
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There's Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S.

There's Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S. | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
A new government report reveals we're nowhere close to addressing our suicide problem.
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The Heart and the Bottle: A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotions

The Heart and the Bottle: A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotions | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
A gentle reminder of what we stand to lose when we lock away loss.
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When the brain won't change its mind...

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Is Addiction a Brain Disease? | RealClearHealth

Is Addiction a Brain Disease? | RealClearHealth | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
The opioid abuse epidemic is a full-fledged item in the 2016 campaign, and with it questions about how to combat the problem and treat people who are addicted.
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Self Help Addiction Recovery | SMART Recovery®

Self Help Addiction Recovery | SMART Recovery® | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Recover from addiction with the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group and alternative to 12 step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous AA or Narcotics Anonymous NA.
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Artificial neurons can learn by themselves

Artificial neurons can learn by themselves | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it

Phase-change neurons developed by IBM Research store data and compute like the human brain.


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What Is a Constant Cycle of Violent News Doing to Us?

What Is a Constant Cycle of Violent News Doing to Us? | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Nothing good. Experts suggested limiting your exposure to violent imagery and social media.
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Squashing Self-Criticism | World of Psychology

Squashing Self-Criticism | World of Psychology | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
I strive to use mindfulness in all facets of my living and being. For me, the most beautiful and valuable gift that mindfulness offers is permission to receive,
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How Insecure Attachment Creates Fertile Ground for Addictions

How Insecure Attachment Creates Fertile Ground for Addictions | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it

"...We are wired to need secure attachment, not just for our survival but also for optimal brain development.

 Here is what it looks like when secure attachment doesn’t happen: Baby is upset, turns to caregiver for comfort and connection; instead, baby gets ignored, is left alone, or worse, is abused for having needs. These types of reactions from caregiver will have an enormous dysregulating effect on baby. Most likely baby will protest (i.e., cry) or give some kind of distress signal. If this is ineffective, eventually baby will stop seeking care and comfort from their caregiver; instead, baby withdraws and starts finding other ways to self-regulate and self-soothe.

 This is where I believe fertile grounds for addiction start to develop. This baby is wired to not turn to humans for care and comfort; instead, they will seek alternatives to help them self-regulate. Addictions to drugs, food, rituals around food, over- or under-eating, can all become compensatory mechanisms for replacing the regulating effect a secure attachment would have provided. I have yet to meet someone who struggles with addiction who doesn’t also have some kind of attachment trauma.

 Viewing clinical issues through the lens of attachment theory has helped me enormously in my work with clients. Problems and dysfunction make perfect sense when viewed through this lens. Take my client Becky, for instance. (I’ve changed her name for confidentiality purposes.) Becky had a problem with drinking. She turned to drink whenever she felt anxious, stressed or overwhelmed. In her words: “It helps me numb out, and suddenly those things that seemed so big and overwhelming are gone.” Becky turns to alcohol to help herself regulate. She didn’t have caregivers who were really there for her or very responsive to her needs growing up. In fact, her father was an alcoholic and her mother suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder. This background provided fertile grounds for an addiction to develop. I believe that because Becky had not experienced the regulatory effect that secure attachment would have provided, she had to get creative. She had to find a substitute to help her regulate; alcohol became that substitute..."


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