Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
There are people who cannot really stop picking their skin. Scabs, pimples, skin pieces, broken nails - all works. This is an example of compulsive behaviors, but it is not related to any magical thinking (believing that it will somehow resolve an unrelated problem). Picking simply acts as a relaxing act, decreasing anxiety and stress and is focused on skin imperfections rather that any other problem. There are some negative consequences though - skin in the long run becomes uneven, infected and scarred. How psychology can help to deal with it? - defines your triggers - situations, people, times that are related to increased picking (bathroom in the morning, boring calls at your desk, etc.). Make sure you have a reminder in this spot to stop picking or pick less. It can as well be an empty note - but when looking at it, you will remember why it s there. - use soothing cream; the calmer is your skin, the less pleasure picking will bring, the less you will want it. - use barriers - clothes, plasters, other covers, layer of cream will help as well. It will act as reminder and will stop you from actual scratching. - keep your hands busy, get a fidget toy, a bracelet or any other accessory that will be readily available to you. You cannot manipulate your toy and pick at the same time, so it will act as barrier as well. - keep your hands and tools clean; cleaning activity will keep you busy and away from picking, and even if you still do - you will risk infection less. 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. Article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/because-we-are-bad/202009/what-is-skin-picking-or-dermatillomania? Photo: mapowterr from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #picking #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #cbt
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Podcast I would like to recommend - "Infinite Monkey Cage". While it covers a very wide range of topics, today I enjoyed "Science of Dreaming", and there is more on human mind and psychology related subjects. It is difficult to discuss such a subjective field with so much reliance on memory and personal interpretation, but these guys do it brilliantly. Podcast hosts - Brian Cox and Robin Ince with a panel of cool guests for each episode. Episode on dreaming: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008wtj 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.proto #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendations #podcast #infinitemonkeycage
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Book that I would like to recommend this week is in Lithuanian, Danutė Gailienė "Ką jie mums padarė". I am not sure if an English version exists, but it definitely should. It is not only about the psychology of the personal trauma, but also about what happens to the whole nation during wars, repressions and exile. Not only what happens in general, but also what did happen to our parents and grandparents and what does it mean to us and our children. A difficult read, excellent writing style and an important piece of knowledge. 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. Book my talk to know more. #spoonfulofreason #psychology #recommendation #book
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
What if... another one of the great futuristic projections, this time on dementia. Right now possibility to grow into bright and peaceful old age - instead of anxious, puzzling and psychologically insecure old age (or having a dementia) - awaits one in ten 65 year old people. In Japan, with more than 70 000 centenarians, about 4 percent or 5 million people are diagnosed with dementia. Similar future awaits all developed and aging societies. The article shares an expectation that a new simple blood test will allow to identify those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease with very high confidence - and to start an early prevention program of this disease (or a whole spectrum of related diseases, as authors speculate). Yet, the recommendations for efficient prevention seem to make sense even now, and for anyone of any age: - regular physical activity - healthy and sensible eating - drinking little alcohol - maintaining low blood pressure - being active mentally, constant learning - active social life I believe such future would be brighter not only because we would have more and better medications for lonely older people with multiple diseases. Or perhaps completely not because of that. Article: https://www.economist.com/what-if/2021/07/03/what-if-dementia-was-preventable-and-treatable My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book mytalk to know more! #spoonfulofreason #psychology #future #futurology #dementia #oldage
What if dementia was preventable and treatable?
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