Category Archives: Clinical Psychology

The Sounds of Nature Reduce Stress

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Natural sounds such as birdsong and the sound of water have been used in stressful situations like surgical procedures, and have demonstrated stress-relieving effects via the autonomic nervous system Continue reading

A Stage Model of How our Mind and Body Respond to Traumatic Stress

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How do people typically respond to traumatic stress? What is  the best way to support someone in a traumatic crisis? Johan Cullberg, a Swedish professor in psychiatry, may have some of the answers.

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Do You Pick the Dead Man’s Solution? Focus on What You Want to Be Instead of What You Don’t Want to Be

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The dead man’s solution is to have goals that could be achieved by a dead man, such as having no pain or no more terrible feelings. At first, it seems like some nice goals to have, but in fact they may not help us.
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Do You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset? Begin to Focus on Growth and Achieve Success

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All organisms have the potential to grow and develop, but people may have learned not to.

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Psychological Resilience: The Ability to Turn Stressful Life Events Into Personal Growth

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Perceiving life events as opportunities for personal growth rather than limitations or threats to security will make you endure even the most challenging aspects of life.

Resilience characterizes people who are able to interact with their environments in ways that promote growth and well-being, despite they may have been exposed to many challenging life events or psychological risk factors. That said, life is by itself a stressful phenomenon. Continue reading

6 Unfortunate Ways Traffic Noise Affects People (Research Findings)

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We get exposed to noise all the time, but how does it affect our mind and body?

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Learned Helplessness is “Just” a Way of Thinking

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Thoughts are just thoughts.

Learned helplessness happens when people expect that bad events will happen and that there is nothing they can do to prevent them from happening Continue reading

Are You In Control? Feelings of Personal Control Are Essential for Mental Health

Feeling out of control?

The belief that one can exert control over stressful events has long been known to help people cope with stress (Taylor, 2012). People like to have control over their lives, and people who have a sense of personal control seem to be better off than those who haven’t.

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