As the workplace continues to be reformed by technology, flexible work hours and the option of working from home, loneliness in the corporate world is becoming increasingly prevalent. According to a survey quoted by The Guardian, 42% of respondents felt that they did not have a close friend at work. Despite sitting in an office filled with colleagues, many employees experience loneliness at their workplace. It sounds ironic that one
The people of Hong Kong have taken to the roads to express their disagreement with the proposed extradition bill. People protest to express their opinion and to urge their governments to make a meaningful change. But even though there may be no immediate success, many of us may find ourselves feeling emotional: inspired, empowered, elated, touched, or tingling with sensations that cannot quite be labelled. Why does protesting feel so
Are you someone who claims to care about the environment, yet also sometimes drinks cocktails through a plastic straw? Are you someone who condemns dog meat farms in Korea, yet also sometimes indulges a steak? What does that say about you? Probably less than you think. You may be experiencing a value-action-gap: The gap we find between the values we hold and the actions we take. We may hold the
For many people, the first session with a psychologist is full of uncertainty. Are they able to help me? Does psychotherapy actually work? Will I be “cured” after this? It is important to clarify the role that psychotherapy can play on your journey to improved well-being. Psychologists can guide you in self-exploration, understanding your struggle, and finding ways to manage and release your challenges. However, each session is only the
At the heart of any successful therapy lies the therapeutic alliance. The working relationship you have built with your psychologist will guide every session and interaction with them. Studies show that clients who perceived their psychologist as empathetic and truly invested in achieving positive outcomes for their wellbeing, made faster and better progress than those who did not. In fact, empathy and interpersonal connection seem to outrank both professional competence
Often we see ourselves engaging in dysfunctional behavioural patterns and know that they are not good for us, but we still struggle to break out of them. Why is it so difficult to implement positive change? We have practiced some of these behaviours over many years, again and again. This repetition strengthens the corresponding pathway in our brains, making the behaviour easier to access and perform. Practice makes perfect, right?