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While it can be very tempting to stay in our comfort zone, often, the comfort zone isn't actually all that comfortable; it's more like familiar misery. Staying there is unlikely to make things better, and it could very well make things worse, whereas change opens up the possibility of things improving, and getting into a zone where you feel pretty good.
The impostor syndrome cycle begins with anxiety and self-doubt about a task. To try to manage this anxiety, people may over-prepare or procrastinate until the last minute. Once the task is completed, any positive feedback is discounted, and the individual fears being exposed as a fraud, which fuels further task-related anxiety. Risk factors for impostor syndrome include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and perfectionism.
Repression and suppression are both Freudian defense mechanisms. Repression involves involuntarily pushing distressing thoughts/feelings out of conscious awareness, while suppression involves voluntary efforts to do the same thing.
It's not reasonable to expect that we will only have "positive" emotions, despite the pervasive toxic positivity messaging. Emotions are our midn and body's way of reacting to things, and they have a message to communicate to us, even if that isn't very comfortable. If a beloved family member or pet died, would you want to feel happy? Of course not.
There are a number of concepts that impostor syndrome overlaps with but isn't necessarily the same thing. These including masking mental illness or neurodiversity, a sense of inadquacy, and feeling like one doesn't socially belong. The linked blog post on Mental Health @ Home explores these area of overlaps as well as the differences between them.
Attention is the process by which we attend to certain sensory output and filter out others. There are several models for this, but basically input comes in from the senses, and this is filtered based on certain characteristics to go on to further processing and entering working memory. We can't remember things that got filtered out and never made it into memory in the first place.
Cognitive remediation is sort of like a mental form of exercise that helps to promote neuroplasticity. It's shown benefits in a number of different health conditions, including schizophrenia and eating disorders. Some of the strategies it involves include: -Breaking tasks into smaller steps -Chunking information -Using mnemonics -Categorization -Planning You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post on Mental Health @ Home.
Yes, happiness comes from within, not from external sources, but that doesn't mean that it's always available. It's an emotion, and emotions aren't fully under our control. Sometimes, mental illnesses like depression can remove happiness from the menu of available options, and you can't choose what isn't available.
Thought-action fusion, which is common in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), involves the belief that there is an equivalence between thoughts and actions. This may relate to likelihood (i.e the belief that thinking about something makes it more likely to happen) or moral equivalence (i.e. the belief that thinking about an action is the moral equivalent of performing the action). You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post.
Stop Overthinking Your Relationship: Break the Cycle of Anxious Rumination to Nurture Love, Trust & Connection with Your Partner by Alicia Muñoz – Click through on the link to read the book review on Mental Health @ Home
Thought-action fusion, which is common in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), involves the belief that there is an equivalence between thoughts and actians. In likelihood thought-action fusion, people believe that thinking about something makes it more likely that that thing will happen, when in moral thought-action fusion, having a thought about something happening is believed to be the moral equivalent of that thing actually happening.
There are two different kinds of empathy: cognitive and emotional. Cognitive empathy is the ability to infer and understand others' emotional experiences from their perspective. This perspective-taking requires theory of mind. Emotional aka affective) empathy is the ability to share others' emotions, and miirror neurons appear to play a role. You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post.
In cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), safety behaviours are strategies the you think make you safer, but they actually don't—all they do is reinforce your anxiety. Dropping the safety behaviours is an important part of creating effective exposures so that your amygdala can learn that a feared situation doesn't actually pose a threat.
While you may be exposed to a lot of messaging that you're supposed to be productive all of the time, life should be about more than your to do list. You deserve down time to just do your own thing, and you shouldn't have to justify that to the promoters of toxic porductivity.
Memory isn't just a single thing; there are multiple types. Explicit memory is under conscious control and involves factual information. Implicit memory is not under conscious control, and includes procedural memories (i.e. remembering how to do things) and emotional memories (including trauma memories). There is both short-term and long-term memory, and sleep is a crucial time for the consolidation of long-term meories.
Emotional empathy, also known as affective empathy, is the ability to share the emotions of others. Brain cells called mirror neurons appear to play a role in this. Cognitive empathy requires theory of mind, and relates to our abiility to infer and understand someone's emotional experiences from their perspective. Conditions like autism and schizophrenia can impair cognitive empathy. You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post.
Some emotions might be more pleasant/comfortable than others, but they all have something to communicate to us, and they're all valid, despite toxic positivity messaging that says otherwise. If you don't resist/judge them, they will naturally come and go on their own.
Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) identifies three different mental systems: the threat, drive, and caregiving systmes. When these are imbalanced, distress can be the result. CFT aims to boost self-compassion to strengthen the caregiving system. You can find out more in the linked Insights Into Psychology blog post.
Rumination involves repetitive thinking about a problem without ever progressing to thinking about solutions. It can impair problem-solving and increase the risk for depression. Contributing factors include the belief that rumination is a useful process, perfectionism, high levels of the personality trait neuroticism, and a history of trauma. You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post.
Sleep involves altered consciousness and decreased reactivity to the environment. It's a time when various body systems shift to an anabolic state to build back up things that have been broken down during the day. There are several stages of sleep, with two different kinds of sleep: REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM ( Which includes slow-wave sleep). The body's natural circadian rhythm, which involves the release of melatonin, affects sleep schedules.
Not all stress is bad. In fact, eustress is a good thing that improves focus and performance by making us feel motivated, determined, or excited. The problematic kind is distress, which makes us feel anxious, overwhelmed, or frsutrated, and impairs focus and performance. You can find out more in this Insights Into Psychology blog post.
Bowlsby's attachment theory identifies four different attachment styles: secure, anxious-ambivalent, anxious-avoidant, and disorganized. Infants automatically seek to attach to caregivers, and the caregivers' responses influence how the child's attachment style develops, which in turn influences the child's emotional development and ability to regulate emotions.
Not all stress is bad for us; while distress can be harmful, eustress can actually be helpful. Distress makes us feel anxious, overwhelmed, or frustrated, and it impairs focus and performance. Eustress makes us feel motivated, determined, or exicted, and boosts focus and performance.