Category: Psychology

Psychology is an academic discipline and social science that strives to understand unconscious and conscious behavior and mind of individuals and groups.

Psychologists explore different types of behavioral and mental processes, including perception, attention, cognition, emotion, intelligence and motivation. We also must not forget the examination of how personality and interpersonal relationships develop, as they are an important part of psychology.

On the practical individual level, psychology is all about making people’s life experience happier, more productive and fulfilling. It somehow includes more scientific, systematic and long‑term approaches of personal development to tackle bigger emotional challenges like depression, anxiety, isolation and procrastination.

Psychology (especially psychiatry) also deals with mental illnesses that are treated as serious medical conditions with a combination of medications, therapy and other techniques.

This category is a collection of psychology articles that discuss issues and solutions beyond the power of popular psychology and more superficial personal development tools; however, the articles don’t deal with issues that require medical attention (schizophrenia, chronic depression etc.), since I am not a doctor.

The articles present different types of psychological therapy (psychoanalysis, CBT, transactional analysis etc.), their tools and how they can be applied in personal life. If you are interested in psychology and different types of therapy, these category is the perfect choice for you.

What is assertiveness and why you are not assertive enough

Looking at life from a psychological perspective, we can say that the point of existing is to satisfy the constant flow of your needs. In your lifetime, there’s a constant flow of new needs, and your mission is to make yourself happy by satisfying them. It’s that simple. Nevertheless, your needs must be met in a healthy and socially acceptable manner, in an absence of internal conflicts, which can often be challenging. That’s where healthy assertiveness comes into play. Unfortunately, healthy assertiveness is not as common as one would think. It actually takes quite a strong and emotionally sharp character to be assertive in a healthy way. You must trust in yourself and in the (highly probable) positive response that the environment will have to your need. You must be bold enough to act and go after your goals and desires, but on the other hand you must also respect …

How to Thrive as The Highly Sensitive Person – Book Summary

If you were always wondering why you are so damn sensitive, this blog post is for you. First of all, you really are special by being a highly sensitive person, possessing many gifts and talents. But unfortunately, you are rarely understood, because only around 15 % of the population is highly sensitive. And many times you can be seen as a weak, shy or fearful person when you are too sensitive. Those are not the qualities attributed to successful and assertive people. Nevertheless, when you understand yourself better and know how to manage your sensitivity, it can become your greatest source of power. Reading this blog post you will learn how to thrive as a highly sensitive person.

Post-graduate depression – How getting a diploma got me depressed

The closer I was to graduating, the harder it got for me to study (and writing a diploma thesis was an even more painful thing to do). Somewhere in the middle, I even convinced myself that I don’t care about formal education. Nevertheless, I just couldn’t firmly decide to stay a dropout forever. Throughout all those 10 years I was paying tuition fees, individual exams I only applied to, but never showed up, and so on. Consequently, graduating got me depressed, or pushed me into a severe emotional flashback to be more exact. Because for me, graduating was obviously a big emotional issue.

Emotional flashbacks – when your emotional response is out of proportion

Emotional flashbacks push you into one of the four responses to danger (fight, flight, freeze, fawn), even when there is no danger. You experience an emotional flashback when a trigger in the environment reminds you of your childhood pain, suffering and traumatic situations. A subject, object, item, place, expression or any other kind of trigger reminds you of all the past events that caused you constant pain. There is a small similarity between the current and past event, and that triggers an emotional flashback. From psychological point of view, an emotional flashback happens as a delayed response to childhood abuse. They are direct messages of your painful past, alerting you how unfairly you were treated and how much pain you had to suffer.

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving – Book Summary

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) happens when you can't get rid of disturbing thoughts about one shocking event that happened to you. Complex PTSD is on the other hand caused by long-term emotional trauma in interpersonal relationships, and is most often the result of stressful upbringing. Complex PTSD can be caused by overly critical parents (who only want to do good), emotionally distant parents (who just lost their job, for example) and all the way to cruel verbal and physical abuse (parents breaking their children to feel better). You can find many depressed parents, aggressive parents, workaholic parents, and that all leads to them destroying their children’s lives. Consequently, being in such a toxic environment, a child never learns that relationships in life can be comforting and enriching. The book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving written by Pete Walker is the number one book to go to if you …