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How to Find Fulfilling Work

How to Find Fulfilling Work | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
On the art-science of "allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold."

"If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely,
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 Schopenhauer may have been right that the desire for money is widespread, but he was wrong on the issue of equating money with happiness. Overwhelming evidence has emerged in the last two decades that the pursuit of wealth is an unlikely path to achieving personal wellbeing--the ancient Greek ideal of eudaimonia or "the good life".

The lack of any clear positive relationship between rising income and rising happiness has become one of the most powerful findings in the modern social sciences. Once our income reaches an amount that covers our basic needs, further increases add little, if anything, to our levels of life satisfaction.

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How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years

How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
As Americans live longer and the stigma of psychological help diminishes, more elderly people are trying therapy to alleviate problems they face late in life.
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Americans of the Greatest Generation are seeking psychotherapy in their 80's and 90's.

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Andres Lozano: Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down...
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» Is My Marriage Doomed if My Parents Got Divorced When I Was a Kid? - World of Psychology

» Is My Marriage Doomed if My Parents Got Divorced When I Was a Kid? - World of Psychology | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
The stats are stacked against adult kids of divorced parents. Good thing you're not a statistic!
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We first learn about love and marriage from our partners. We learn what it means to be a man, woman,husband,wife,mother, and father from them. We learn about trust. We learn how to handle conflict and difficult times...or, not.

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See how many women have a distorted image of themselves

A forensic artist demonstrates how many women have a distorted image of themselves.

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Existential Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy does not dwell on the "then and there" but uses the past to focus on "the here and now".

 

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Accepting Fears and Overcoming Through Existential Psychotherapy

Existential psychotherapy encourages people to address the emotional issues they face through full engagement and to take responsibility for the decisions that caused them to develop. People who undergo this form of therapy are guided to accept their fears and are given the skills necessary to overcome them through action. By gaining control of the direction of their life, the client is able to design the course of his or her choosing. This creates in the client a sense of liberation and a feeling of letting go of the despair associated with insignificance and meaningless. Existential Psychotherapy involves teaching the client to give birth to, grow, and embrace his or her own life and to exist in it with wonder and curiosity. By doing so, a client is able to view his or her life experience as a journey rather than a trial, and can eradicate the fear associated with death.

 

Existential Therapists' Process

Therapists who practice existential psychotherapy do not focus on the client’s past, rather they work with the client to discover and explore the choices that lie before him or her. Through retrospection, the client and therapist work to understand the implications of the past choices and the beliefs that led those to take place, only as a means to shift to the goal of creating a keener insight into oneself. The emphasis never dwells on the past, but uses the past experience as a tool to promote freedom and newfound assertiveness. By coming to the realization that they are not unique and destined for a specific purpose, the client is allowed to release the obligatory chains that encumbered him or her from existing in fullness from moment to moment. When that happens, he or she is truly free.

 

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A Seasonal Pattern to Mental Health

A Seasonal Pattern to Mental Health | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
An analysis of Google search queries suggests that mental illnesses flourish in winter and decline in summer.
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The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn

The Science of Orgasms and Your Brain on Porn | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Inside the complex tangle of biology and behavior that shapes our relationship with and experience of sex.

We've already explored the ori
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Orgasm shuts down fear and anxiety.

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Richard St. John: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

http://www.ted.com Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart, or are they just lucky? Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an...
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What leads to success? in 3 minutes: Passion, Work, Focus, Persist, Ideas, Good, Push, Serve.

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6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior

6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. How many times have you been asked “What’s wrong?
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Promising Depression Therapy

Promising Depression Therapy | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Transcranial direct current stimulation, which uses a very mild current to stimulate nerve cells, has shown promise in several studies.
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tDCS as a technology is very safe-non invasive, portable, cheap to make.
It runs on battery, and you can carry it around.

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» Signs You Are Verbally Abused: Part I - Psych Central

» Signs You Are Verbally Abused: Part I - Psych Central | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Note: Issues of verbal control can exist in any relationship, heterosexual, gay or lesbian, male towards a female partner or the other way around. Since more is
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Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs : NPR

Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs : NPR | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Finding a job is hard enough for recent graduates, but for those on the autism spectrum the search can be even harder. One training program in Texas is helping these young people prepare for jobs in the tech industry.
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Why Psychotherapy is Really Needed: Reflections on Building a Spiritually Fulfilling Life

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How Do I Know I'm Ready To Start Dating After A Divorce? [VIDEO] | YourTango

How Do I Know I'm Ready To Start Dating After A Divorce? [VIDEO] | YourTango | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Why it's important to listen to your gut and know what you're looking for post-breakup. ... [VIDEO]
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Picture the relationship you want to be in. Is it loving or full of anger?
The answer to this question is one indicator if you are ready for a relationship after a divorce.

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Nothing to fear but fear itself

Systematic desensitisation employing anxiety-inducing situations reduces fear.

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Mary once had a panic attack on a plane. Ever since, her life has been characterised by a paralyzing terror that she can have a panic attack in a place or situation from where there is no escape or accesible help. Consequently, she confines herself to her home and often makes complicated plans in order to avoid feared places.

 

A phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of a particular object, animal, activity, or situation. The most common phobias are fear of animal (usually spiders, snakes, mice) flying, heights, water, injections, public transportation, confined spaces (claustrophobia), dentists, storms, tunnels and bridges. When confronting the object of their fear the person may experience sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and other panicky feelings.

 

In most cases, people can avoid or at least endure phobic situations. However, certain phobias like agoraphobia (fear of being in open or public areas) and social phobia can be debilitating.

Take the case of Kostas, who attended his first session with me with considerable trepidation because he feels extremely self-conscious around strangers.

 

This form of social phobia typically involves the fear of being humiliated in front of other people.

Kostas suffers from extreme shyness and discomfort in social settings and avoids attending parties. As a result, this impairs him socially and professionally because he opts out of parties where professional relationships are formed and sealed.

 

As with any other anxiety disorder, Kostas and other people with phobias have a biological vulnerability to stress.

 

Treatment with behavioral therapy is essential.

 

In this case, for example, Kostas might be asked to go to a store, buy an item and then return the item the next day. As he would be performing this action, Kostas would practice observing thoughts, feelings and unrealistic fears triggered by this event.

 

Another method is systematic desensitization, which employs relaxation training and composing a list prioritizing anxiety-inducing situations by degree of fear. Then the person is asked to confront each item on the list, starting with the least stressful and gradually adding resistance to fear..

 

There is also exposure and response treatment, which purposefully generates anxiety by exposing the patient repeatedly to the feared object or situation, either literally or using imagination and visualization, in a controlled environment. This method uses the most fearful stimulus first.

 

Other forms of psychotherapy and anxiety management techniques may be used in order to fight the gamut of anxiety symptoms, from the mildly embarrassing to the most persistent and incapacitating. 

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Music Therapy

Music enhances the effect of positive emotional states study reveals.

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Music enhances the effect of positive emotional states on salivary IgA: http://floggolf.free.fr/ff/music-iga.pdf

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Dan Ariely on the Truth About Dishonesty, Animated

Dan Ariely on the Truth About Dishonesty, Animated | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
"It's all about rationalization."

From the fantastic RSA Animate series comes an illustrated distillation of behavioral economist Dan Ari
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Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

http://www.ted.com Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success alwa...
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Is your idea of success truly your own? Reasons why we may be suffering anxiety over our careers

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The Science of Procrastination and How to Manage It, Animated

The Science of Procrastination and How to Manage It, Animated | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
This is where you insert the meta-joke about what else you're actually supposed to be doing this very moment.

From AsapSCIENCE -- who hav
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Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage

http://www.ted.com In this funny, casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) reall...
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Marriage is an institution worth protecting and pursuing.

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Advice for Couples About Their Sex Lives, Part 1

Advice for Couples About Their Sex Lives, Part 1 | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Whatever the cause of issues in couples’ sex lives, the key is loving communication, says Ronald Levant, an expert on male sexuality.
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Smoking and Mental Illness

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Smoking increases with the severity of mental disorder, and amongst those with a psychotic illness almost all smoke. Nicotine appears to provide some relief from symptoms of anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which may explain why people with these conditions become smokers.

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Appily Ever After? The Smartphone as Shrink

Appily Ever After? The Smartphone as Shrink | Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
The author puts five psychology apps to the test to see if they really help her improve her and her family’s lives.
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