How Parenting Impact Our Self-esteem & Ability To Handle Negative Emotions

Earlier posts have been about how the interaction between a child and caretakers creates internal working models for relationships that tend to be repeated in other close relationships and also colors the child’s basic attitude to others and also to the self. Today’s post continues with how the brain structure of an infant is affected […]

How To Maintain & Improve Self-esteem & Self-efficacy When Aging

Self-efficacy can improve self-esteem. The necessary characteristics for optimal self-efficacy changes during life, mirroring the different competencies needed to function well. Last weeks’ posts hint important dimensions that we can add to our lives to increase our self-efficacy, namely, the importance of: Curiosity Exploration and play Role models’ thinking and behavior The learning environment Attachment, […]

About The Anxiety Inducing Thought Trap Blaming

There are many anxiety inducing patterns often called cognitive distortions or thought traps. These are ways of thinking that seem true but are in fact not reasonable, realistic or relevant to the situation. Noticing when we are using thought traps and countering them is an important part of traditional CBT-exercises that also can reduce symptoms […]

An ACT-Exercise For Exploring Vitality & Suffering

Acceptance and commitment-therapy, ACT, is one of two major parallel developments from the mindfulness movement. The aim of the exercises is to stop avoiding, denying and struggling with inner emotions and uncomfortable thoughts, but instead accept these as appropriate responses to certain, often unavoidable, situations. But ACT is also about enriching life. ACT focuses on […]

Finding The Right Activity Level For Exhausted

Today’s post is about the importance of finding the right stimulus level for exhausted persons. The main focus for exhausted persons needs to be on healingtm the related stress-injuries through sleep and rest. However, it is important for mood, self-image and psychological well-being to as soon as possible, i.e. when the energy level is sufficient, […]

How The Skill & Will Matrix Can Be Helpful In Personal Development

In the last posts I have introduced Stephen Covey’s skill-will matrix that has been extremely helpful both for individual change and leadership development programs. By using the skill/will matrix, it is possible to effectively prepare for own performance and for leading others through making a constructive relationship. It obviously assist in both increasing skill and […]

How You Can Cultivate Your Strengths

Today’s post continues with how to find your inner strengths. This is an important part of positive psychology, a direction within psychology that focuses on how we can stimulate the presence and frequency of positive emotions, such as curiosity, excitement, pleasurable tranquility, harmony, joy as well as nurture and develop the inner potentials and strengths […]

How Parenting Develops Secure Attachment

Earlier posts have been about how the interaction between a child and caretakers creates internal working models for relationships that tend to be repeated in other close relationships and also colors the child’s basic attitude to others and also to oneself. Today’s post explains how this come about: Since new-borns cannot comfort or calm themselves, […]

How To Maintain Mental Abilities, Self-efficacy & Self-esteem When Aging

Self-efficacy can improve self-esteem. The necessary characteristics for optimal self-efficacy changes during life, mirroring the different competencies needed to function well. Last weeks’ posts hint important dimensions that we can add to our lives to increase our self-efficacy, namely, the importance of: Curiosity Exploration and play Role models’ thinking and behavior The learning environment Attachment, […]