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How the mind works when we are not looking
Valentina Stoycheva Ph.D.
Our minds, over centuries of evolution, have worked hard to simplify our existence by automatizing functioning. During a pandemic, we are forced to overthink again.
Increased need, exposure to trauma, and values may compromise therapists’ own mental health and ability to seek help during the pandemic.
In the aftermath of COVID-19, our health care workers will need support and healing more than ever. Here is what we need to know about moral injury and what we can do to help.
Many are unconsciously using a health crisis as an excuse to diminish, humiliate, and aggress against other human beings. Here's what we can do about it.
How many are unconsciously using a health crisis as an excuse to diminish, humiliate, and aggress against other human beings, and what we can do about it.
Traumatic events seem to shut down our joyfulness valve. Here is how dissociation plays a part by directly impacting our capacity to be playful.
Rather than a secret container of impure, sexualized, and irrational thoughts, the unconscious is highly organized, uncritical, and even empirical in how it learns about the world.
Metaphors can be crucial in assimilating new knowledge, because of their unique capacity to evoke feelings, images, and experiences that were previously hidden from awareness.
Formulating goals and working consistently to achieve them are two different things. The former is a conscious activity. The latter, impacted by the work of the unconscious.
Ever wondered why negative emotions get you so worked up? Embodied cognition may offer some answers.
Negative emotions can get us pretty worked up. The reasons may be deep within your mind's unconscious faculties.
Do you recognize yourself or someone you know in Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, or Tigger?
Want to learn more about PTSD? Reading Winnie the Pooh through a new lens may help.
How "niksen," the Dutch concept of doing nothing, intersects with an innovative theory of unconscious thought and decision-making.
The dangerous legacy of Renѐ Descartes' mind-body dualism.
If therapy is moving slowly, it doesn't mean you aren't working hard enough.
Cognitive and emotional shortcuts keep us alive—but also mean we can't rush therapy.
In a world where instant gratification is king, here is why you can't (and shouldn't) rush therapy.
Valentina Stoycheva, Ph.D., is the founder of STEPS (Stress & Trauma Evaluation and Psychological Services) and the co-author of The Unconscious: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications.