Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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The new psychology of posttraumatic growth
Stephen Joseph Ph.D.
Are destructive environmental behaviours the result of how people have become alienated from themselves?
Staff showing empathy and positive regard toward prisoners should not be confused with approval of criminal behavior, but rather seen as communicating hope.
It may be that in trying to cultivate a more compassionate world, we need to start with ourselves and search for our own inner authenticity.
Authenticity involves learning about yourself. That can mean facing up to things that you don’t like about yourself and admitting your failures and mistakes.
Does your therapist really listen to you? Do you feel valued, understood, and accepted by them? That sounds like the type of therapy that will allow you to find yourself.
Is it possible that the current crisis that we all face will help us to look deeply within ourselves to reappraise our lives and what really matters?
People can decide to live a more authentic life, but it can take time to really change, to step aside from old habits and ways of thinking, and to begin to get to know yourself
It may be that simply writing about thoughts and feelings on a regular basis can be helpful to people in making sense of their trauma-related experiences.
Do we value qualities like emotional literacy, kindness, and authenticity enough in our politicians?
The psychologist William James argued that our consciousness is like a lake and that we are floating upon it in a glass bottom boat.
Around 7 percent of young people were identified as doing at least a high amount of caring, often for a mother or a sibling with a physical disability.
The concept of post-traumatic growth tells us that if you have experienced such terrible things, then of course you have your stress and your trauma, but you can also grow
When a person is unconditionally accepting of themselves, they are free to grow and develop into being themselves.
Therapy is best understood as representing one of two distinct traditions premised on either a humanistic or a mental illness discourse.
Aristotle's philosophy for the eudaimonic life means seeking to become the best version of yourself that you can be.
To be able to be assertive and to say no, we need to be able to listen to our own inner voice to know exactly where we draw the boundaries around us in our lives.
When faced with a difficulty, do you take time and listen inwardly to get a sense of what to do or what needs to happen?
Educators—and all those who work with young people—need to be aware of the difficulties faced by young caregivers.
Are parents, teachers, and other adults sufficiently aware of just how damaging and widespread the effects of peer victimization are?
Like riding a bicycle, which involves knowing when to shift your weight, when to bear down on the pedals and when to hit the brake, coping is a skill that can be learned.
What the findings suggested most strongly was that mandatory personal therapy offered a source of productive experiential learning.
It is never too late to become truer to ourselves and to make the decision to lead a more authentic life – one in which we set goals that play to our strengths.
There is an old zen proverb which says: ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’. For me, this sums up the value of self-help books.
Did you know that Carl Rogers was a pioneer of positive psychology who challenged diagnosis and developed an alternative form of therapy that put the relationship first?
Therapists need to reflect on the role of power in society, and the tensions between individual freedom and social responsibility.
It is all too easy in the rush of everyday life not to give ourselves the time, solitude and stillness to pay attention to what is genuinely going on inside ourselves.
Research shows that authenticity acts as a buffer to the negative impacts associated with loneliness.
Post-traumatic growth describes positive changes that may be experienced by survivors of trauma, but is it ever appropriate to apply this concept to the perpetrators of violence?
To live an authentic life, it is not enough simply to try to be ourselves. We also need to know ourselves and own ourselves.
Are you looking for happiness? Thinking about a more authentic life can help.
Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology, health, and social care at the University of Nottingham, UK, and author of What Doesn't Kill Us.
This blog is about counseling and psychotherapy, psychological trauma and positive psychology.