Donald Winnicott & His Approach

Donald Winnicott deserves his place in history because of the dramatic simplicity of his approach. He proposed that the happiness and future satisfaction of the human race depended ultimately not so much on external political issues, but on something far closer to home: the way parents bring up their children. All the sicknesses of humanity were, in his view, in …

Work: When people find it productive and enjoyable

When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture. The culture of a workplace — an organization’s values, norms and practices — has a huge impact on our happiness and success. Click here to read more.

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and …

Why do we give? Many motives drive kind actions

Emotions reinforce kindness. Over a century of behavioral research demonstrates that people repeat actions that have rewarded them in the past. Giving also expresses our values and binds our communities. If we leave room for more everyday, instinctive forms of kindness, we’re actually doing ourselves a favor, too. To read more on this article by Jamil Zaki, click here.

Addicted to Distraction

According to one recent survey, the average white-collar worker spends about six hours a day on email. That doesn’t count time online spent shopping, searching or keeping up with social media. The brain’s craving for novelty, constant stimulation and immediate gratification creates something called a “compulsion loop.” Like lab rats and drug addicts, we need more and more to get …

For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult

Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness. Building the best life does not require fealty to feelings in the name of authenticity, but rather rebelling against negative impulses and acting right even when we don’t feel like it. In a nutshell, acting grateful can actually make you grateful. Make …

Dissociative Disorders Briefly Explained

In order to explain dissociative disorders, please read this interesting article from NAMI: The symptoms of a dissociative disorder usually first develop as a response to a traumatic event, such as abuse or military combat, to keep those memories under control. Stressful situations can worsen symptoms and cause problems with functioning in everyday activities. However, the symptoms a person experiences …

What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder

On one my areas of expertise is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I think many people can relate to knowing someone with these particular tendencies. To explain what this disorder is, please read the article from PsychCentral: Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of …

For Some with Insomnia Therapy Might be The Cure

Drugs or therapy? In many cases, therapy is a better treatment option, since it treats the underlying anxieties that cause insomnia. “A medication just puts a blanket over that anxiety and helps people get rest,” Cunnington says. “But therapy addresses the core problems, challenging people’s thinking around sleep. It can actually break the cycle of chronic insomnia.” Plus, medications can …