What question do psychologists get asked the most? ‘What do you do?’ – ‘I’m a psychologist.’ – ‘Oh wow! So can you read my mind?’ Every. Single. Time. (Okay, fine, not every time, but more often than not). It saddens me to have to admit that I cannot read your mind. If there was a way of tapping in and out of people’s heads to hear what they are truly
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Christmas is a time for family gatherings, pine trees with shiny decorations, tasty food, and the joys of giving. Why then can this period of the year trigger so many negative emotions? We see a rise in anxiety and depression around Christmas, and statistics show that often these go untreated, indicating that people are often struggling with their mental health by themselves. Christmas Stressors One of the biggest contributors to
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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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The Modern Man – a Soppy Bundle of Emotions
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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