Mysteries Of The Mind
The Happiness Trap is a self-help book written by Russ Harris and is based on the ideas of Steven Hayes who developed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. ACT is based on the premise that our attempts to fight or flee from uncomfortable feelings...
Psychotherapy can be understood as the process by which the therapist and patient work to disconfirm the pathogenic beliefs that the patient acquired growing up, beliefs that cause the patient to feel distress.
People act against their own self-interest all the time. This is the stuff of psychotherapy. But people also vote against their own best interests. For example, white working class Trump supporters have not benefited from his Presidency and,
The past is always alive in the present. In particular, all of us regularly repeat our important childhood relationships in our current life, especially with people upon whom we’re dependent or who have some form of authority.
Most of us think that the goal of life should be happiness. We define happiness as the opposite of suffering and act as though if we can only get rid of the bad “stuff”, we’ll be left with only the good. The problem is that this is impossible.
Cynicism is a plague in our society. There is a personal psychological dimension of it and a social or political version. On a personal level, cynicism is the belief that the way things are is the way they’re supposed to be.
Dreams are unconsciously intended to help people master psychological difficulties. Sometimes they offer warnings, other times encouragement. One can not only learn about oneself from analyzing one’s dreams,
Masculinity is founded on the renunciation of femininity. Boys have to emphasize their difference from their female mothers as they simultaneously attempt to separate from them. Thus, masculinity is based on negating femininity which makes it inherent...
The production of pornography clearly hurts and degrades women performers. To deny that is to put lipstick on a pig. On the other hand, the “plots” or scenarios depicted in porn do not necessarily reflect what male viewers want to do with real women i...
Trump’s psychology reveals certain universal psychological dynamics in great relief, highlighting conflicts that all of us have. All of us, all the time, seek to minimize, avoid, or otherwise get rid of unpleasant, painful, or threatening feelings.