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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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Learning to Care, Even for a Narcissist

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:37 +0000

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Do you have some narcissistic tendencies? Do you want to learn to be more empathetic? If so, the research and my experience suggest three things that can help.

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The Internet Pornography “Gateway”

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:43:13 +0000

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It's easy to see why professionals aligned with the sexual addiction model regard internet porn as a sort of "gateway" to more serious problems, but there's another important component that features in the development of problematic sexual behaviors: character.

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5 Signs Your Partner is Controlling

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:20:33 +0000

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We've all heard terms like 'control freak' and 'dominating type' -- but what exactly is it that makes a person a controlling type of personality?

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Character Disturbance Can Be Adaptive

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:28:20 +0000

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Behavior theory suggests that people act in ways they have good reason to believe will pay off, and when winning is an essential prerequisite for advancing their agenda, those who are predisposed to win at all costs have a distinct advantage over those who have qualms of various sorts that may hold them back.

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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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