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Why do some people consistently cancel plans? How come some people feel like they have to drink at social events? The reason why may be surprising. There is a difference between social anxiety and introversion. Social anxiety is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive fear of social situations. Introversion, on the other hand, is a personality trait, you’re born with it. With so much confusion discerning the difference between the two, check out our blog.
Have you ever felt like it’s difficult to feel enjoyment while doing things you typically like doing? For those who have experienced this, there is a word for it, it’s called anhedonia. This may come up as a symptom of a mental health condition (such as depression, substance use disorder, etc.), or on its own. If you are interested in learning more about anhedonia, click the link attached to this pin: https://thepsychologygroup.com/anhedonia/
High functioning anxiety is a mental health issue in which a person experiences high levels of stress, tension, worry, and a need for control. Unlike a classic anxiety disorder, a person with high functioning anxiety is largely able to function in their daily tasks without significant impairment. Click the attached link to read more about High Functioning Anxiety on our founder, Dr. Jamie Long's, website.
Research suggests that approximately 10% of the general population shows clinically significant alexithymia, meaning that it interferes with functioning in at least two areas of life; e.g. interpersonal, occupational. Alexithymia is when an individual has difficulty identifying, describing, and expressing emotions. To better understand alexithymia, check out the image that lists characteristics of it. Click to learn more about in our alexithymia article.
Ever hear of Toxic Positivity? It's a phrase that's catching a lot of attention and prompting polarized reactions. Some people read the two words and immediately relate to the concept it implies. Others see it and don’t think the word “toxic" belongs anywhere near positivity. No matter what side you're on, let’s clear the air now; not all positivity is toxic. What makes it so, is when it dismisses genuine emotions and too quickly offer overly simple interventions.
What happens when our thoughts or feelings begin to rule our life? Is there a way to reduce the intensity or change the impact of these experiences? Yes! Through a technique called defusion. Our inner experiences can become the filter by which we see ourselves, others, situations, and the world. When our thoughts/feelings end up guiding how our day goes or how we relate to others, it is called fusion. When we look at our thoughts instead of through them it’s called defusion. Read more here!
Don’t be emotionally manipulated by a gaslighter. Here are some things to say in response to gaslighting statements. Pro Tip: When practicing these statements, be mindful of the way the message is conveyed. Being able to communicate in an assertive (calm & confident) manner can make a big difference regarding how the other person receives the message. Learn more here: https://thepsychologygroup.com/gaslighting-how-to-recognize-it-and-what-to-say-when-it-happens/
Is it possible for anxiety to cause skin problems, blurred vision, and sexual dysfunction? Yes! Quite simply, it can do all of that and more. Though many assume anxiety is something that only affects the mind, you might be surprised to learn about the physical symptoms that can come with it. Click the link to learn more and download a Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique that you can use to quell anxiety in the body.
Gaslighting is oftentimes difficult to identify given its insidious nature. It typically begins very subtly by having another person “correct” your thinking, contradicts your statements, or invalidate/dismiss your emotions. This continues happening until you are gradually questioning or doubting your thoughts, emotions, perceptions, and even your memory. Here are a few examples of what gaslighting sounds like. Learn how to respond to a gaslighter by clicking the link attached to this pin.
Family get-togethers amidst this dumpster fire 🔥 of a year are uhh-- interesting. And some of us are gonna need powerful coping skills to effectively navigate the nuances of it all. Dr. Jen Sincore Gallagher put some tips and strategies together in this blog post to help if feel more tolerable. Don’t get us wrong, we love our families and quality time with them. 🥰 It’s just that families are complicated, ya know? 😬
Stop! 🛑 How are you feeling right now? Right now in this exact moment? For some, this is a hard question to answer. If you are experience difficulty identifying, describing, and/or expressing emotions, it’s called Alexithymia. Learn more about alexithymia and get our Guide To Describing Emotions, by checking out our latest blog post. The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale 2601 E Oakland Park Blvd #502 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 (954) 488-2933 ThePsychologyGroup.com License: PY7730
Examples of what toxic positivity statements look like and what you can say instead to be more validating and non-toxic. Toxic positivity is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience.
Toxic positivity is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. . Check out our blog post about the dark side of positive vibes.
“We just don’t understand each other. My partner doesn’t get it.” If it feels like you’re having the same fight over and over again, it can be so frustrating.😪 Maybe it even feels unsafe to express thoughts and feelings without getting invalidated or misunderstood. A therapist 🤓 can help navigate communication issues so it doesn’t feel like being stuck on a hamster wheel. 🙅🏽♂️ Learn more about communication issues and the other top reasons how LGBTQ+ 🏳️🌈 couples 💞 can benefit from thera
Some folks hold fast to the myth that therapy is for crazies or a sign of weakness. This misunderstanding couldn’t be further from the truth. We go to the dentist not only when we have a cavity, we also go for cleanings to prevent problems. Just like we exercise and eat balanced meals to keep our bodies healthy, we need to take action to protect our most precious asset, our mental health. Therapy should be a habit.
Have you seen the emotional Netflix series, '13 Reasons Why?' The intense storyline has lots of us talking about very important topics like bullying, sexual assault and suicide. Some say the show glorifies suicide while others point out that it spotlights critical issues. What's your take? Check out my latest blog post with my professional reaction. #13ReasonsWhy #suicide #suicideprevention