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Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life

Looking at life through the prism of psychology, philosophy, mental health and more. Originally created by counsellor, psychotherapist and philosopher Dr Greg Mulhauser, this blog is now the work of an international team of contributors.

Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:54:52 +0000


Learning Failures and Arrested Character Development

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:54:52 +0000


When people hurt others, it may be tempting to chalk the behavior up to the scars of some past traumatic events in their own lives. But this is far from always the case.

Tags: book, character disturbance, in practice, relationships, responsibility

We Cannot Not Communicate — Unless We’re Texting!

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:08:00 +0000


It might be true that we cannot not communicate, but when it comes to email and texting, what we're communicating might not be what we intend -- even when the recipient is a friend who knows us well.

Tags: communication, news and research, relationships, writing

Are Psychopaths Really Fearless Predators?

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:28:58 +0000


Recent research suggests that psychopaths can indeed experience fear. What they appear to have more of a problem with, however, is adequately sensing danger and responding appropriately to dangerous situations.

Tags: news and research, personality disorders

Is this the Age of Narcissism?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:49:24 +0000


Are we in a vicious cycle in which narcissism and other character impairments become more common, then more acceptable, and then ultimately enabled and rewarded? How much will attitudes of entitlement cost us?

Tags: character disturbance, personality disorders, politics, society

Does Everyone Need Therapy?

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:20:26 +0000


Has anyone ever told you that you needed to get some therapy? Maybe you've encountered a few people yourself who it seemed could really benefit from a visit or two to a mental health professional. So, is everyone in some way in need of treatment? Would we all do well to see a therapist?

Tags: character disturbance, personality disorders, therapy

The Case for Reverence Has Little to Do With Religion

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:03:20 +0000


What is reverence? What does it mean to truly revere something? Is it really in our best interest to be reverent? And if so, when?

Tags: character disturbance, in practice, relationships, religion

Some Tips for Healthy Aging

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:11:14 +0000


Advances in medicine, lifestyle, and especially in technology have us living longer. And the big question facing most of us is not so much how long we will live but rather how well we will live as we get older.

Tags: aging, diet and weight loss, health, relationships, relaxation, sleep

Revenge: Is It Bitter, Sweet, or Bittersweet?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:17:22 +0000


There is some truth to the old saying that revenge is sweet. But research shows it is also bitter, and no amount of revenge can ever take away the reality of whatever originally happened.

Tags: relationships, responsibility

Things Getting Under Your Skin? It Could Be Depression

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:31:18 +0000


We all have things that get under our skin. But when things irritate us uncharacteristically and for little apparent reason, it just could be that we're actually struggling with depression.

Tags: depression

What Do Your Favorite Pastimes Say About Your Personality?

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:22:15 +0000


Whether it's reading, listening, watching, creating, walking, gaming or something else entirely, stopping to ponder and reflect on our pastimes can teach us much about our own personalities.

Tags: mindful awareness, motivation