Happiness

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More Easy DIY CBT

January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Our brains tend to use our current emotions and thoughts to predict our future emotions and thoughts. Example “I feel overwhelmed and unable to cope now” Your brain’s prediction – I will continue to feel...

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“Worst, Best, Most Realistic” is one of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques I often practice with clients. This Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique is very versatile and simple. It can be used for a huge variety...

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Smart phones are making it easier and more fun to do things that are likely to benefit your happiness and psychological wellbeing. Here’s an example. For the past few days I’ve been trying out a...

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Overgeneralization Psychology

January 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

A common problem is that thoughts that have some validity in some contexts become overgeneralized and cause problems in other contexts. Huh? Examples coming up… You can help yourself a lot if you can learn...

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Do you have more freedom than you think you have?

December 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I stumbled on a podcast and blog called TravellingTwo about a couple, Friedel and Andrew, who spent 3 years cycling around the world through countries like Morocco, France, Italy, Iran, Syria,...

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Procrastination and Depression

December 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ever hear the joke about how students’ rooms are cleanest when they’re supposed to be studying for exams?(because all of a sudden cleaning becomes appealing when compared to exam study) How does procrastination relate to...

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Example: I’m going to give a relatively specific example and then explain a much broader general principle. Someone asks you to do something that you think is a thoughtless request. You feel uncomfortable and anxious....

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Happy relationships generally have a ratio of at least 5:1 positive to negative interactions. Of course its more complicated than this but the 5:1 ratio is a simple yardstick. Studies (e.g. Dr John Gottman’s work)...

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"The Under-Regulation Reset" – Part 2

November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Following on from my last post (“The Under-Regulation Reset” – Part 1), something else that people who are in the habit of under-regulating their behaviour tend to struggle with is monitoring. Self-Monitoring is a skill...

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"The Under-Regulation Reset" – Part 1

November 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Quite a few of the clients I see for problems like depression, anxiety, or low self esteem, have lost (or never had) confidence in committing to consistently doing a particular behaviour in a particular circumstance,...

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