Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Today - a bit of classical theory. Why do we experience difficulties in our life, in this case, psychological? Everyone has every kind of answer to that, and all answers are different. I am not saying this one is The Answer, or the most important one, or is a candidate for any other title. But to me this is a wonderful and fluent theory. We do not respond to situation in a way that is best for us in the short and in the long run, because we start with inaccurate thoughts. The process of thinking is not perfect, we always make some mistakes during it (and thinking that I am always right is one of the common thinking errors). Thinking error create inaccurate, inadequate emotions that are not helpful in a specific situation. For example, it is very helpful to get angry when we see a drunk person approaching us with the knife in the hand, and quite unhelpful when we cannot find the key in the bag. Thinking errors usually fall into one of three categories - helpless, hopeless or unlovable. The match of thinking error and unhelpful emotion is a great basis for inadequate behavior. Continuously repeated thought-emotion-action set that is helpful or not, but still is repeated - forms a habit of behavior. When we cannot explain why we act in this specific unproductive way (or avoid explaining to ourselves the true reasons) we create different rationalizations, or "logical explanations" in attempt to relate our behaviors to apparent reasons of it. During therapy we analyze situations that seem to be unhelpful in your life and in achievement of your goals, and we search for these sequences - how thinking errors lead to misplaced emotions and unhelpful behaviors. When we describe these sequences (definitely, preferably in writing), we also usually manage to "straighten out" attitude to what is happening as well as to what we need to change. If you'd like to read more about cognitive behavior therapy - I suggest starting, for example, with this book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D29BZO6/ 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 my talk to discuss and apply cognitive behavioral therapy! Photo: suju-foto from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #cbt #cognitivebehaviortherapy #thoughts #emotions #behavior

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Minimalism is a way of life focused on owning as few things as possible (or only as many as necessary). Besides obvious financial or time-saved-for-tidying advantages, switching to minimalism as minimalism itself has noticeable psychological benefits. Participants in this qualitative study were practitioners of minimalism. They stated that they enjoy an improved wellbeing due to increased autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness and positive emotions. Previous research also identifies themes of simplicity, pro-ecological behaviors and control on materialism. How many thing s do you own that you do not really need? And how about that mental space?... 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 my talk to discuss minimalism and psychology! Article: https://roomtothink.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Lloyd_et_al-2020-International_Journal_of_Applied_Positive_Psychology-2.pdf Photo: Sofie Zbořilová from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #order #ecology #mentalspace
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Does minimalism, besides being nice source of content for social media, have any other benefits, for example, psychological? Apparently, it does. The research outlines four behaviors related to minimalism: clutter removal, cautious shopping, longevity (of the purchased items, I assume) and self-sufficiency. The research also found that minimalism significantly increases feeling of flourishing (nice choice of the term!) and alleviates depression. 👆 I _always_ said, that tidying is a great form of meditation, that it is also a series of calm, repetitive motions (and leads to relaxation), besides, the result is always visually pleasing! 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 my talk to know more about psychology of cleaning! Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352550921000397 Photo: Scott Webb from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #minimalism #tidying #flourishing #depression

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