Couple therapy shouldn’t be a last resort but a chance to change negatives into positives, says psychologist Esslin Terrighena. If you have ever found yourself blankly staring at another slammed door, wondering how that escalated so quickly, you may have joined the many couples who get stuck in frustratingly repetitive patterns of unhealthy arguments. These confrontations are likely followed by guilt, sadness, anger or anxiety, and the nagging thought that somehow you
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Buy colorful paper, write a few lines, slide it into an envelope, carefully check recipient address, post envelope in mailbox, and wait a few days for a reply. Gone are the days when we used letters as our primary communication medium. The rapid refinements of technology create new platforms: It takes mere seconds to deliver messages via Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, WeChat – to name a few. Now, we can
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It’s ok to cry, and not to cry, says psychologist Esslin Terrighena. We are increasingly nudging men to show more emotion, to talk about their feelings, and to indulge in a newly-granted permission to embrace their softer side, while reassuring them that being “weak” – code for sad or fearful – is actually a sign of strength. Heaven forbid you could lose some of your rough-edged manliness over those few tears you
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Bonus time really cranks up the competition between high-flying male counterparts, but who gets left behind in this pissing contest? Well, actually, everybody, says psychologist Esslin Terrighena. Every year during bonus season most of us end up on an often-cruel ladder, waiting for our fate to be mete out with dollars and cents. At the top, we have the happy few who come away with jackpots. Life is good! Yet any attempt
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Too many of my male friends, meditation sounds like airy-fairy alternative nonsense. Thus, they are either completely absorbed in it, including yoga mat, hipster beard and general air of enlightenment, or they shake a judgmental head while indulging in manlier-than-thou steaks and beer. So, what place can meditation have in our busy society? The cognitive, emotional and physical benefits of regular meditative practice are well-documented. Meditating for just 20 minutes
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Educated in England (B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology) and Hong Kong (Ph.D. Affective Neuropsychology), Dr. Terrighena employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy, bringing together well-established methods from West and East to improve well-being in a holistic way. These methods include elements from cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and existential-humanistic ‘talk’ therapies as well as meditation and mindfulness. Her broad range of techniques and experiences direct her in identifying the unique needs of each client and
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