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Psychosis and personality traits

The psychological tendencies responsible for the symptoms of psychosis are not the prerogative of the clinically psychotic. On the contrary they are a natural feature of the human condition, present in everyone to a greater or lesser degree. Just as people differ in extraversion, intelligence and prone […]

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Existential Therapy

Writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre have had a huge influence on some psychologists. A psychologist with existential beliefs does no agree with labelling patients, since humans are ever changing being who cannot be defined in such a categorical manner. Sartre did not agree that emotions were merely […]

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The paradox of psychosis

There are few who have not on occasion felt the press of irrational thought, been tempted into unwarranted belief, or experienced the highs and lows of inexplicable mood. However, it is when these experiences pass beyond some threshold of acceptability, both for the person and for others, […]

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Depression and self esteem

One of the main characteristic of person who are particularly liable to depression is the fragility of their self esteem. We all become temporarily depressed as a consequence of loss, failure, or bereavement. But most of us, because of a fortunate genetic endowment or a felicitous early […]

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Great wits and Madness

The results of many studies show that the highly creative individuals were frequently described in similar terms as: sceptical, aloof, radical, self-sufficient, independent, bohemian often introverted and usually more open to experience. The connection between creativity and psychosis is indeed genuine. One of the few established facts […]

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The importance of relating to others

Some children don’t have enough contact with real things, they are separated, sequestrated form organic experience. A well known politician some times ago said we need a p.c. in front of every child form the age of 10. Many Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists say the most important thing […]

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Transformative tales

There are basically two different modes of envisaging the world, the dialectical and the transformational or metamorphic. The dialectical thinks in terms of opposing forces and has stories of one force which must destroy the other. It must suppress, exterminate or annihilate and emerge victorious. Within the  […]

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Children discovery of the mind

Children develop an understanding of other’s perspective between the age of four and five years. But observation of children in a natural setting betrays an emotional precocity not tapped into by research. Professor Dunn’s work shed light on how a child’s family environment predicts the children later […]

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Quotes on madness

Seneca: “Null magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementia.” Diderot: “How near is madness to genius”. Lombroso: “Anyone who has had the rate fortune to live with men of genius, is soon struck with the facility with which they misinterpret the acts of others, believe themselves persecuted and find […]

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Mental Asylums 500 years ago

Evidence for medical institutions for people suffering form madness first appears in the Arabic Empire. These medieval institutions, called maristrans or bimaristans pre-dated asylums in Europe by more than 500 years. Although we tend to think of schizophrenia as the hallmark of western psychiatry’s diagnostic system, depression […]

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