Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · The way we are

This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)

2017 is going to be the best year ever! 2016 was the worst year ever!!! In my attempts to achieve greater balance in my thinking and verbal proclamations in general, you will not hear me make either of these statements. Because my aim, at present, is to resist what the psychologists call “dichotomous thinking”. According to… Continue reading This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)

Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Why it’s so important to have our needs met

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of need at the bottom and the need for self-actualization at the top. The most fundamental and basic four layers of the pyramid contain the needs of esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical need. If… Continue reading Why it’s so important to have our needs met

Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Spiritual growth and healing

Passive, aggressive, or assertive?

How assertive are you? If PASSIVE is on one end of the scale, AGGRESSIVE is on the other, and ASSERTIVE sits right in the middle, where do you sit? I——————————————————————I———————————————————————I I don’t think anyone is assertive 100 per cent of the time. We all have our passive moments, our aggressive outbursts, and, even worse, our passive-aggressive ones. But cultivating… Continue reading Passive, aggressive, or assertive?

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · The way we are

Does altruism really exist?

I’m intrigued by the word ‘altruism’. It carries so much weight. AboutPsychology.com says altruism involves unselfish concern for other people. It’s about “doing things simply out of a desire to help – not because you feel obligated to out of duty, loyalty, or religious reasons,” the site reads. That statement brings up lots of questions… Continue reading Does altruism really exist?

Life and other catastrophes · The way we are

Fight, flee, or Keep Calm and Carry On?

The ‘fight or flight response’, according to author Tony Schwartz, reflects a physiology which mobilizes us to attack back quickly when under threat, or run for the hills. “Most of us are triggered multiple times a day,” he says. “The reason is that our bodies don’t make a distinction between a real threat to our… Continue reading Fight, flee, or Keep Calm and Carry On?