Human Nature

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Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory of Personality Development

Sigmund Freud was a leading-edge psychiatrist who pioneered some of the most groundbreaking work regarding the human psyche. After attempting to use hypnosis as a way to access the inner workings of the mind, Freud developed a technique referred to as psychoanalysis — a treatment intended to illuminate the unconscious activity of an individual by making them consciously aware of it. Freud would have his patients get comfortable and lay down on their back and instruct them to talk freely about whatever comes to mind, almost as if they were talking to themselves. He would listen attentively, take notes, and attempt to trace … Read More

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What Does It Mean to Stay Grounded?

With so many things fighting for your attention each day, do you ever feel like you are being pulled in many directions at once? When the constant stimulation of daily life gets to be a little much, the feeling of ‘flying off the handle’ or ‘losing a grip’ can be a good indication of falling out of balance — this is something that every human being can attest to experiencing at some point. When we encounter a tough challenge or an emotionally charged circumstance where things become too heavy on the mind, being grounded is what keeps us firmly rooted within ourselves and in reality. To be grounded … Read More

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Is Hypnosis Therapy Real or Fake?

Hypnosis therapy is not something new. This technique has existed for thousands of years but still remains a difficult concept to fully understand and accept in terms of today. The process of hypnosis therapy (hypnotherapy) is a form of treatment used to bypass someone’s voluntary action response in order to activate subconscious change in behavior, habit, attitude, thoughts, and reaction. In a hypnosis therapy session, the subject is able to enter an enhanced state of focus and concentration without distraction. This is achieved by reaching a state of induced consciousness through imagery, mental triggers, and guided suggestion. Here we take … Read More

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Attention Restoration Theory and The Benefits of Nature

When the demands of daily life get to be a little much sometimes all it takes is a brisk walk outside to simmer down and release some excess tension. The smell of fresh air and the subtle sounds of nature have the unique ability to cleanse our thoughts and help us escape. With more research into our connection with nature, science is always there to remind us that not only is spending time in nature a perfect way to unwind but is also an essential component to our mental health. Attention Restoration Theory ART is based on the idea that people can concentrate better … Read More

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How to Let Go of Negative Energy?

Do you ever feel like what you try to avoid most in life are the same things that seem to appear most frequently in your thoughts? The human mind is great at being drawn towards worry, fear, and disturbance. Before we can relax and be at peace, the mind must first make sure that there is no potential danger and that everything is okay. The problem, though, is that conflict can take on many forms, and distraction is everywhere. Conceptualization What’s interesting is that the doubts and worries that we cling to the most are created by the same mind that fears them … Read More

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Pleasure Pain Principle – What Drives Us?

We, humans, are incredibly complex beings; a swirling vortex of biology, chemistry, physiology, and emotion.  But the irony is that we’re also very simple – certainly when it comes to what drives us and motivates us to do the things we do (or don’t do). Can’t find the motivation to finally paint the spare room? Perhaps you have a garage full of random things that you’ve been meaning to sort through and donate to goodwill?  Maybe making an important phone call can’t seem to find its place in your awkward schedule? We’ve all got a list of things that need … Read More