Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
A doctoral thesis from Swedish university proves, once again, that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in reducing stress related burnout and adjustment. Stress is a reason behind a number of body illnesses. It affects negatively daily activities for every one and creates societal costs due to decreased productivity and sick days. In the research part of this thesis participants were invited into a brief 12 week long program with weekly contact, accounting for about 10 minutes of personal contact between participant and therapist. Even such apparently brief intervention was successful in significantly reducing stress symptoms immediately after the program, also at 6 and 12 month follow-ups after the program was concluded. My bit: cognitive behavioral program content usually is this: some information about the theory, about anxiety, main methods for preventing stress and reducing stress that is already occurring, personal stress management plan, homework and chekup on how the homework went, and homework adjustments. Theory states that every one of us has spontaneously arising automatic thoughts, followed by the emotional reaction and followed by the specific behavior, based on this emotion. Analysis of automatic thoughts and changing them (gathering arguments through Socratic questioning as well as training to mindfully change the internal dialogue) helps to shift the emotional response as well as change the behavior that is not beneficial to your health and well-being. Article: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-02-cbt-effectively-symptoms-chronic-stress.html Photo: Jerzy Gorecki from Pixabay Book my councelling seession here: https://fb.com/book/saukstasproto/ ||| Lots of long reads and chance to suppot m as well as to win free session: https://www.patreon.com/saukstasproto
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Words can hurt, maybe even more than fists. Does that happen to you? Do people keep things from you on purpose, do not share their thoughts and feelings, dismiss and counter your memories, blame you for the things you cannot control, calling you names or using hurtful labels? Well, that is verbal psychological abuse, a common component of romantic relationships, friendships and parent-child relationships. None ever deserves to be treated like that, and such behavior should always be objected. First instinct is to always argue with the abuser and to prove him or her wrong. And that would be the right instinct if it was a rational conversation, which is never that with an abuser. An effective strategy is to ignore the content of any hurtful phrase and calmly call out the abuser. Do not get into argument. If this calm statement does not work - leave the situation, limit the encounters with the abuser, or consider ending the relationship (which might be difficult, if you depend on the abuser - but still worth considering). Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mysteries-love/201612/the-best-way-end-verbal-abuse Photo: Ulrike Mai from Pixabay My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. #spoonfulofreason #psychology #verbalabuse #psychologicalabuse
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Documentary I would like to recommend: "Heal" (available on Netflix). I will start with the statement that I am always quite careful with non-scientific methods as well as paranormal things, and value most of them as interesting from cultural perspective and not something to rely on. Nevertheless, most of this documentary is about the biopsychosocial model, about how mind and body are related, how it is important to not give up and use every measure in order to achieve good and balanced health for every one. https://www.netflix.com/lt/title/80220013 #spoonfulofreason #psychology #health #whattowatch

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Miu BashoEngineer student, lab technician pharmaceutical industry
At times likes these, I believe this is a good recommendation to watch. Thank you!
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters4 days ago
Book I would like to recommend - Arnhild Lauveng "A Road Back from Schizophrenia" (even though I like the original name better - "Before the sunrise I would turn into the lion"). One of those rare occasions when through the words of a very well versed author one can glimpse into a very essence schizophrenia. And even more importantly - into the real example of resiliency, of how to not give up and learn to live even if the world is full of demons. If movie "Beautiful Mind" impressed you, so will this book. My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. #spoonfulofreason #bookrecommendations #psychology

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I've red this book. The story felt very authentic and I learned a lot about what it's like for those with schizophrenia. It's a memorable and moving read.
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