Every time I write a blog about the dangers of social media use, I can feel myself age in real-time. I’m well aware that social media is disproportionately used by young people, and disproportionately complained about by people, like myself, who aren’t deemed young anymore.
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If you’ve ever gone to a dog training class, you’ve likely heard the terms reinforcement and punishment before. Reinforcement is a pleasant outcome that makes a behaviour more likely, while punishment is an unpleasant outcome that makes a behaviour less likely.
For readers of the other blog I have written on sleep, you may have heard me use the term Sleep Hygiene as a treatment for some types of sleep disturbance. Today, I’ll be discussing what sleep hygiene is and how we can make use of it to achieve a more restful night’s sleep!
Sleep is one of the few universal human experiences – we all need it, we all do it, and most of us wish we did it a bit more often than we do.
We all have needs, not just for basic survival but for quality living. These needs range from basic physiological needs like food, water, and shelter to more complex psychological needs like belongingness, self-esteem, and self-actualization. Everything else, like love, connection, intimacy, recognition, social and emotional security, employment, health, freedom, etc., comes in between.
Chairwork is a so-called “experiential” therapy technique. Chairwork can be used as one element of therapy, but there are also therapists who use it as a stand-alone approach.
In our last blog post, we learnt more about Schema Therapy and some of the tools schema-trained therapists may use to help you to heal ‘maladaptive’ (unhelpful) schema. If you haven’t read that post, then it might be worthwhile, as it will help to make sense of the rest of this post by giving you the background information you need.
Everyone, including you and me, have basic needs. The need to connect, the need to feel loved, the need to feel cared for, the need to feel “normal”, and a sense of belonging with others.
Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in life. While raising children can bring extreme joy, it can also be incredibly frustrating.
It’s a common fallacy that concepts like permission and physical autonomy belong in the same category as sex education in schools.
I can’t begin to explain the stress that a parent can experience when their teenager refuses to attend school. It’s even a term – “school refusal”, and it’s often tinged with a feeling of failure and judgement for both the teens themselves as well as their parents and caregivers, who are just trying to get them there.