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Bullying

Is That Workplace Bully Actually a Narcissist?

Is your workplace bully actually a narcissist on a power trip?

Bullying in the workplace is an unfortunate situation, but it does happen. However, it's possible that your simple case of "workplace bullying" is actually narcissism at play.

No one likes the idea of workplace harassment; in a perfect world, everyone would get along together and there would be no need for conflict resolution in the workplace.
OCD

What Is ERP for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Noah didn’t care for ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) therapy despite his struggles with harm OCD. Stories that he had heard from acquaintances and friends were not positive. In fact, one of his friends felt traumatized by ERP. He also indicated that he was asked by his previous mental health counselor to sit in front of a bunch of knives so he could habituate or get used to the feelings and sensations the knives created.

He said he had already been around sharp knives for three weeks while working at a knife shop temporarily while he looked for another job. His excruciating anxiety was off the charts. “I basically white-knuckled each day until I found a better job. I was exposed to knives all this time, and I’m still the same. ERP simply doesn’t work,” he claimed.
Brain and Behavior

Power of Shifts in Perspective: Views from Inside Another’s Body Using Immersive Virtual Reality

The phrase “put yourself in another’s shoes” emphasizes the importance of taking the perspective of others to increase empathy and maintain relationships with people around us. The ability to empathize with others appears to involve two systems that rely on different brain regions. Whereas cognitive empathy involves recognizing another person’s mental states, affective empathy is required to recognize and respond to the emotions of others (Samay-Tsoory, Aharon-Peretz, & Perry, 2009).    

How successful is your endeavor to think and feel from another’s perspective in everyday life? How different would it feel if you could virtually see the world “from inside another’s body”, beyond just imagining yourself in another’s shoes?
Aging

How to Escape the Irritability Trap

Somewhat in a hurry to get home, I had just finished my errands and began to feel a familiar urgency.  Almost immediately, the yellow school bus pulled out right in front of me. “Please turn, please turn so I don’t get stuck behind it,” I thought to myself. As luck would have it, I got stuck behind it -- and all fifteen stops that it made along the way.

My first instinct was to get annoyed. I really wanted to get home and start on some of the projects I had set aside the afternoon to work on. Being slowed down by this vehicle and all of its many stops was not what I had bargained for. I found myself going into an automatic, reactive mode of irritation and tension.
Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: June 21, 2019

It's been 9 years since I started working here. That's why it's with a heavy heart that I write this post.

After months of going back and forth, I finally decided to move on from my work at Psych Central, at least for now.

It's been an amazing ride. I've spent most of my early writing years here. Founder John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is one of the best people I've ever worked with. I'm so grateful he took a chance on me when I first started. I didn't know what I was doing, but I was eager to write about mental health. It's been a journey of self-growth.

I've learned so much from the bloggers here. Every post I read gave me hope, courage and validation that I too was not alone. Readers also reminded me that even if our individual experiences and upbringing are different, we all struggle and want to belong.

I've gained so much confidence in these years. I'm in many ways a different person than when I started. Writing biweekly for almost a decade has forced me out of my comfort zone. While I used to be afraid of people reading my posts, it's pushed me to continue to create despite fear and uncertainty. Reading about mental illness on personal and professional levels has also been healing and informative. I got to read your stories weekly and got paid to do that while being a wife, mother and living in my hometown of Hawaii. In a lot of ways, it's been a dream job.

I'll be here for another week with my last official day on June 27th. I could have stayed here forever. But something in me said it was time to leave. My kids are growing more active by the minute and finding time to work has been increasingly challenging.

I'm saying goodbye early. Thank you again Psych Central staff and readers! I'm so grateful to you for giving me this platform to express myself and share my personal stories through these years as I raised my two children. I'll be seeing you around the blog.
Industrial and Workplace

When Wives Earn More, Both Spouses Misreport in Ways that Make Husbands Look Better

Traditionally, husbands have earned more money than their wives, but things are changing. Now, according to the Census Bureau, wives make more than their husbands in nearly 1 in every 4 marriages (22.9%).

If no one felt self-conscious about wives earning more than their husbands, then both husbands and wives should have no problem admitting exactly how much money each of them makes. But is that what really happens?