World of Psychology


Podcast: Mental Health Info – Telling Fact from Fiction

Being hospitalized for any reason is never a fun time, but there are some instances where it can be a harrowing experience. This is especially true for psychiatric patients, who are already in a crisis even before being plunged into the hospital atmosphere, which can overwhelm them. This disconnect between patients and hospital staff has long been an issue. Today’s guest shares some insights on her work to improve this relationship.
Inspiration & Hope

What I Learned About Loving Again After an Abusive Relationship

Once you’re out of an abusive relationship you want nothing more than to enjoy being free. You want to leave your ex in the dust and live again. Breathe again, adventure again, go to the damn grocery store without being accused of cheating again. And most people savor this time. That was me. I left my four year-long, tire fire of a life choice and enjoyed being single and free. I enjoyed being me again. I did see a therapist for a while at first. Which helped. He was kind and listened but, to be honest, I didn’t want to talk or think about my ex anymore -- he had stolen enough of my life. I didn’t want to heal by talking; I wanted to heal by doing.

And it worked! I chased my passions again and rebuilt myself back into a person I was proud of. If I am being totally transparent, I didn’t ever want to be in another relationship again. So, obviously, after a few years of the single and free life, one fell into my lap. Not just any relationship, an AMAZING relationship.

But here is the thing that no one talks about, dating again after an abusive relationship is traumatic.
Death & Dying

In Order to Have a Good Death, Doctors Need to Stop Doctoring So Much

It's funny how people only start thinking about death when either a loved one has passed away, or they're facing their own imminent mortality. But the time to talk and think about death is not at the end -- but throughout your life.

Because unbeknownst to you, there is an entire profession aligned against you having a good death. And that is (nearly) the entire profession of doctors.

Brain and Behavior

Environmental Effects on the Mind and Body: Depression Relief

Nature is an important aspect of our daily lives that is too often taken for granted. Now, in our technologically-driven society, we are often shut away from nature, and the times that we are out in nature, we are unable to appreciate it in its entire splendor. It is hard to truly separate yourself from the rest of the world, considering we are always “on”, but the effects of doing so prove beneficial to your general well-being and emotional clarity.

"[We] are all a part of nature. We are born in nature; our bodies are formed of nature; we live by the rules of nature,” writes Wesley P. Schultz, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University San Marcos. Why then, are we so avoidant of nature? Schultz explains that historically, it was necessary for us to be in nature -- we hunted, lived, socialized and traveled in nature. As we progressed and became more technologically advanced we became more shut in -- living, socializing, and traveling predominantly in man-made environments (Schultz, 2002).
Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: May 21, 2019

Do you ever feel like you always have to be on? You have to say the "right," thing, act the "right way," be witty, funny, but not too yourself.

If you have chronic illness, you might struggle to appear normal. You don't want to stick out at work or be the anxious or troubled one amongst friends. You don't want to be passed up for a promotion because of it or judged differently by acquaintances.

But all that hiding is tiring. At some point we either risk who we are or we lose ourselves.

That's why a sense of community is important. If it's unsafe to be yourself at work or with family, you can hang with friends who don't care about your insecurities, but do care that you take care of yourself. Even if this means you leave early at events because you're easily overwhelmed, take medication, see a therapist and don't talk to your toxic relatives. They get it because they get you.

If we're lucky, we have a lot of these people around. Sometimes we find them online. Whether you find them on our forums, Facebook or other groups like The Mighty, where is not as important as who we connect with.

5 Ways to Help Your Partner Feel More Secure in the Relationship

If your partner seems needy, there's a major reason for it.

Loving someone with an ambivalent attachment style can be difficult, which is why you'll need some solid relationship advice for how to handle it.

In any relationship, one partner may require more attention and be "needier" than the other partner is. However, this neediness may actually stem from a deep-rooted pain and your partner's inability to express their needs properly due to your differing attachment styles.
Brain and Behavior

5 Tips for Dealing with Guilt

Guilt has an incredible way of popping up even when we're barely doing anything at all.

Most of us learn guilt throughout normal childhood development. Guilt clues us in when we've stepped outside the boundaries of our core values. It makes us take responsibility when we've done something wrong and helps us to develop a greater sense of self-awareness. The feeling of guilt forces us to examine how our behavior affects others and make changes so that we don't make the same mistake again.

How can we learn to deal with guilt -- accepting it when it is appropriate and letting it go when it's unnecessary?