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Why I Choose Life by Maddison Wittmann

I know what it feels like to be stuck, feeling as though things could not possibly get any better, feeling so low and deep in depression, that it seems the only option is to not be here anymore.
Published in Up Close & Personal
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Invaluable Values

"Our values are important because they help us to grow and develop. They help us to create the future we want to experience. Every individual and every organisation is involved in making hundreds of decisions every day. The decisions we make are a reflection of our values and beliefs, and they are always directed towards a specific purpose. That purpose is the satisfaction of our individual or collective (organisational) needs."Barrett Values Centre
Published in The Coping Toolkit
The wonderful Tasha Broomhall is the Director and lead facilitator for Blooming Minds, a published author, keynote speaker and TEDxPerth presenter. She is one of our fabulous guest writers at The Psychology of It. You can find a variety of her articles in our Coping Toolkit. Here is her Conversation on the Couch.
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Connecting by Tasha Broomhall

"Self-Absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.” Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence.
Published in The Coping Toolkit
The first twenty years of my life have been filled with a decent serving of both highs and lows.
Published in Up Close & Personal
Recently, we put a call out to our The Psychology of It Village to contribute to our very own list of pleasant activities. This is what you made Village!
101 fabulous ideas to fill your cup on days when you need some self-care, self-compassion or some plain old inspiration.
Share this one with your family and friends, print it out, stick it on the fridge, but most of all, let us know if you've found it useful.
Taking ideas for the second edition now!
Published in The Coping Toolkit
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Listen Loudly by Tasha Broomhall

Have you ever told someone about a problem you are having, or shared about a difficult experience, and they jump in and tell you exactly what you should do to fix it?
Published in The Coping Toolkit
Fraser Smith is a counselling psychology doctoral trainee in Glasgow, Scotland. He's passionate about psychology and for helping others in therapeutic contexts. This passion has developed into his career and hobbies, so much so that he started a YouTube channel called GetPsyched where Fraser looks into all different concepts and theories in psychology and illustrates how you can apply them to your own life. 
In June of 2016, I learned that an enemy ship had fired torpedoes into my side. One torpedo took the form of chest pains that send me to the emergency room. The tests showed a strong heart, but the cardiologist wanted me to have my gallbladder checked.
Published in Up Close & Personal
Our most recent Conversation on the Couch is with psychology student, Karyn Battersby, who has grand aspirations of slowly slowly working towards being a registered psychologist. She’s hoping to qualify before her 60th birthday and we're sure she will! 

Karyn recently asked her friends on social media to describe themselves without using their name, family status or work/career identity and when it was her turn, described herself thus:

"I am growth, I am learning. I love wholeheartedly and deeply, I am authentic. I am courageous. I embrace change (sometimes reluctantly), I am a seeker of truth, new experiences, and knowledge. I am a reader of books. I am a food lover, I am a deep thinker, I am a doer. I am enthusiastic, I am passionate. I am a motivator. I am a people lover. I am a sensual woman. And I am enough."
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