Category Archives: Clinical Psychology

12 Common Irrational Beliefs

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Dr. Albert Ellis was a practitioner of rational emotive behavior therapy. During his time as a therapist, he identified 12 irrational beliefs that many people have. Continue reading

A DSM-5 Definition of Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Avoidant personality disorder is especially prevalent in people with anxiety disorders, social anxiety in particular.

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) is in the newest American diagnostic manual (DSM-5) characterized by impairments in two domains of personality functioning: self and interpersonal functioning. Continue reading

Connect With Nature, See Its Beauty, and Improve Your Well-Being, Research Shows

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – William Shakespeare

Connectedness with nature has been associated with greater well-being, but how exactly does connectedness with nature improve well-being?  Continue reading

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