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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.



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Borderline Personalities: Understanding the Fractured Self

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:49:54 +0000

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Perhaps no disturbance of personality is regarded with as much apprehension as borderline personality. And perhaps no personality disorder diagnosis is as feared -- by lay persons and professionals alike -- as Borderline Personality Disorder.

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What We Do Matters But Who We Are Matters Too

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:26:02 +0000

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Personality traits and styles which used to be known as "disordered" have more recently shown some adaptive value. But that doesn't change the importance of underlying character: it still matters whether we really care or whether we're just trying to win.

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Why Manipulators Are Crazy-Makers

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:56:30 +0000

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Skilled manipulators can get the better of you while preventing you from knowing for sure who they really are or what they're really up to.

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Too Much Fat Can Weigh on the Mind

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:51:16 +0000

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Chronic inflammation associated with a high BMI appears to be a risk factor not only for heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and other disorders, but also for impairments in cognitive functioning.

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Misconceptions About Leadership

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:53:04 +0000

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While we know a lot about what leadership isn't, there's not much consensus about what good leadership is all about. I believe character makes the difference between principled, positive leadership, and misguided influence.

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Lessons I Learned From a Visit to the Holy Land

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:55:35 +0000

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A recent trip to Israel left deep impressions on me about genuine happiness and peace and about the walls we build -- our self-imposed barriers to cooperation.

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Effective Therapist Qualities and CBT

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:35:14 +0000

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It's not all about treatment methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy: the qualities of therapists themselves strongly influence outcomes in work with individuals who have significant disturbances of personality or character.

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Learning Failures and Arrested Character Development

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

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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.

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We Cannot Not Communicate — Unless We’re Texting!

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

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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.

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Are Psychopaths Really Fearless Predators?

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

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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.

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