Tag - mentalwellbeing

Healing from Emotional Abuse: Rebuilding Self-Esteem and Confidence By Susan George

What is Emotional Abuse? Emotional abuse represents a persistent pattern of coercive behaviours and tactics used to undermine another person's self-worth, independence, and sense of reality. While physical and abuse inflict visible injuries, emotional abuse perpetuates an insidious form of battering against the psyche itself. While the wounds may be psychological rather than bodily, emotional abuse creates deep trauma that can...

Quieting the Mind: Overcoming Cognitive Fusion and Intrusive Racing Thoughts at Night By Susan George

Introduction:  We've all experienced those restless nights when our minds seem to be racing a million miles per hour, making it impossible to drift off into peaceful slumber. Thoughts swirl around incessantly, ranging from mundane to-do lists to deep existential worries, leaving us tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning. This common phenomenon can leave you feeling...

Empowering Change: Community-Driven Initiatives to Combat Gender-Based Violence By Susan George

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world today. It cuts across all socio-economic classes, ethnicities, religions and age groups. The statistics surrounding gender-based violence in Australia are staggering and remind us that no community is immune to this issue. Violence against women is preventable.   According to the Australian Bureau of...

Breaking Barriers: Destigmatising Mental Health Conversations By Susan George

Despite its undeniable importance, discussing mental health often invokes discomfort and apprehension in our society. Why is it that something so fundamental to our existence remains shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding? Conversations surrounding emotional well-being are frequently dismissed or avoided, perpetuating a culture of silence, shame and misunderstanding. These barriers not only impede open dialogue but also deter individuals...

How to Overcome Lack of Motivation By Susan George

Everybody has experienced feeling unmotivated at some point in their lives. Although every person may experience various roadblocks to motivation, the underlying struggle is something we all can relate to. Knowing what's causing your motivational low is the first step towards addressing it and gaining your drive restored.    Our levels of motivation can be influenced by a wide range of...

What Drives You? Understanding Motivation Types By Susan George

Motivation is the fuel that propels us forward, the driving force behind our actions and decisions. It's that inner spark that ignites our ambition, perseverance, and determination. But what exactly is motivation, and what are the different types that influence our behaviour? In this blog post, we'll explore the concept of motivation, consider various types, and shed light on...

Martin Seligman’s Theory of Learned Helplessness: Implications for Motivation By Susan George

Have you ever felt stuck and unable to escape a difficult situation, even when a solution was possible? This phenomenon is  known as learned helplessness. Learned helplessness occurs when an individual faces challenging situations but feels incapable of finding solutions, even if they are readily available. Those struggling with learned helplessness often express frequent complaints, feeling overwhelmed and powerless...

PERMA: A Practical Model for Improving Well-Being By Susan George

Happiness and wellbeing can seem fleeting. We strive for them, yet they are often realised only in hindsight. Though most agree well-being is essential, our culture and competing priorities don't always align with experiencing it.   Martin Seligman, a pioneer in positive psychology, put forth the PERMA model outlining five building blocks of human flourishing. PERMA provides a framework beyond just...

What Does it Mean to Flourish? Defining the Concept By Susan George

What does it truly mean to live life to the fullest and flourish? This profound question has been contemplated for centuries, across cultures and philosophies. While there are no definitive answers, modern psychology provides a framework for breaking down the components of a deeply fulfilling human life. Flourishing is one of the most promising concepts illuminated through the field of...

ADHD and Executive Functioning: Navigating Daily Challenges By Susan George

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that can significantly impact a person's ability to regulate behaviour and attention. One of the core deficits associated with ADHD is impaired executive functioning. As we discussed in a previous post on neurodiversity and executive functioning, executive functions are cognitive processes that help us with planning, organisation, managing time,...