Psychologists are well-placed (in my opinion) to know what denotes a 'normal' human experience. We are privileged to share the inner
workings of humans on a daily basis after all, able to observe commonalities in stories, concluding that many of us share incredibly similar experiences. Yet often, we feel as though we're the only ones who... Here in Analyse This we bust those faulty beliefs wide open by normalising the most common of human experiences. But wait, there's more! We'll also be throwing in some practical coping strategies too. Who needs more steak knives anyway...
Ever feel like you're on the outside looking in? Are you shy? Do you find yourself wanting to crawl inside your shell?
Anxiety as an emotion is as normal as a cycle on your washing machine. Our very survival depends on it, in fact. The sophisticated survival mechanisms in the brain have been around for 250 million years... so how does anxiety end up becoming disordered, as it has for around one in four of us?
Well this article has been a long time coming, mainly because there is so much research out there on this topic (27,000 Google Scholar articles with the word Facebook in the title!) not to mention all of the conflicting information. I'd like to propose that we look at this article as a starting point in the conversation, with the view of being guided by your comments towards which aspects we might explore next (don't be shy!).
Welcome to the second article in a series of three related to understanding and managing chronic pain. Look for the first article by physiotherapist Adrian Benson, in the Analyse This category, titled A New Way to Explain Pain - The One by the Physiotherapist, and the third in the Up Close & Personal category, titled Moving Into the Moment.
Welcome to the first article in a series of three related to understanding and managing chronic pain. This article is written by guest writer and physiotherapist, Adrian Benson. Look for the second article in the Analyse This category, titled A New Way to Explain Pain - The One by the Psychologist, and the third in the Up Close & Personal category, titled Moving Into the Moment.
One morning a few weeks ago as I ate my breakfast in front of The Today show, a story about the investigations of the Royal Commission into Childhood Sexual Abuse and the responses of the Catholic Church came on.
"You're not reading my mind are you?"
"Are you analysing me now?"
"You won't put me in a straight jacket will you?"
"Do I have to tell you my deepest darkest secrets or my life story?"
"What everyday happenings have you perplexed and looking for answers?" Eager to make this category relevant and interesting, I posed this question on Facebook recently and I received some excellent responses that should keep me writing for months.