Am I Doing what I Really, Really, Want to Do?

With clients who are dissatisfied with their lives and feel it is “all meaningless”, I have found it useful to ask “Are you doing what you really, really, want to do?” Initially many clients are a bit stunned by this question but then after a moment of reflection many reply ...

Feb 25

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Career Development and ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Attachment: The Importance of First Relationships

If you are interested in relationships, you will be interested in learning about attachment theory. This theory highlights the importance of the relationship between infants and their caregivers. Our relationships in adult life are affected by the quality of this first emotional bond. Indeed, much of what couple counselling ...

Feb 15

Categories: Adult psychological development, Attachment Issues, Child ...

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Is Emotional Intelligence an intrinsic Trait or an Ability to be ...

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to appreciate one’s own emotions while maintaining awareness of others’. There are different components of the EI process to consider. First, the emotional intelligence of perception concerns the ability to recognize emotion cues in their ...

Feb 13

Categories: Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Emotional Intelligence

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Adjunctive Treatment for Psychosis

As mindfulness and CBT make their way into mainstream medicine, there are many hurdles to clear. We need to accomplish more research on the anatomical correlates, neural substrates and cognitive descriptions. We will also need to educate more healthcare practitioners who, until now consider ...

Jan 28

Categories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Written By:
Tony Brown

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10 ways to improve your Relationship by Responding Reflectively and ...

Imagine the following scenario. One member of a committed couple arrives home 45 min late. The other member of the couple who spent hours preparing a nice meal feels unappreciated and angrily snaps “Why are you so late?” This seems like an attack to the other mate who was laid off that ...

Jan 18

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Family Therapy in Addictions Work

I would like to offer my observations and recommendations based on my work in Singapore between 2005 and 2011 in the field of addictions. To summarize:   I just finished reading a superb article by Timothy Sim on family therapy in Singapore1. He captures it all. It brought me back to many ...

Jan 10

Categories: Addictions, Compulsive Spending / Shopping, Drug Addiction, Eating ...

Written By:
Marjorie Nixon LCSW

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Top 5 Articles of 2012 on Psychology Matters

The year has gone by in the blink of an eye and 2012 is coming to an end. Since we are all still here despite the predicted end of the world, let's take some time to look back at some of the articles that you enjoyed the most in the past year. We will continue working hard to give you more ...

Dec 28

Categories: Other

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Can Video Games improve your Attention?

Several years ago after having served in the U.S. Army as a flight medic, I decided to take advantage of some veteran-friendly prices and obtain a private pilot’s license. The $5,000 US price tag, however, was a bit too much for my. Imagine my surprise when an army pilot told me that 10 of ...

Dec 18

Categories: Adult psychological development, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Self-Focused Attention in a Conversation increases Social Anxiety

Your two eyes together process about two megabytes of information per second. They accomplish this by transmitting along the approximately one million nerve fibers exiting each eye to the brain. We efficiently process this enormous amount of information by prioritizing certain information for ...

Dec 10

Categories: Anxiety, Self-Confidence

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Is there a relationship between codependency and ADHD?

  Codependency and adult attention deficit hyperactivity are special areas of clinical interest for me. Over the past couple of years, I had begun to notice that clients who initially had come for codependency treatment, frequently exhibited symptoms of ADHD. It also seemed that clients in ...

Nov 29

Categories: Adult ADHD, Adult psychological development, Codependency / Dependency

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Financial Hardship Changes Your Brain

The role of hardship in the association between socio-economic position and depression The World Health Organization reports “Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLD (Years Lost to Disability)”1 Depression could be described as a general feeling of sadness or ...

Nov 16

Categories: Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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How does Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavorial Therapy Help you

" I've been I practicing mind-fullness all my life...I can multi-task, multi-think, and multi-stress with the best of them. What I'm not good at is mindfulness." A few years ago, while studying some brain anatomy material for an upcoming exam, I had an epiphany. It occurred to me ...

Nov 5

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

Written By:
Tony Brown

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How does anti-social behavior during Childhood shape the Adult life

“Hate is as injurious to the subject of hate as it is to the object of hate.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been one of my lifelong favorites. It goes past the typical non-violence quote by concentrating on how violent thoughts ...

Oct 25

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Anti Dementia

Want a sharper memory and a more agile mind? The solution might be just one click away. In late adulthood, cognitive functioning gradually declines with age- a process most people want to prevent. Emilio Muhd, a senior therapist at The Brain Foundation Singapore, has various solutions to tackle Attention Issues, Mild Memory Loss or ...

Oct 11

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, ...

Written By:
Emilio Muhd

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What is mental illness?

When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with a ‘mental illness’ — what enters your mind?  Is it that the person is perhaps psychotic?  Delusional?  Dangerous?  Would it change your opinion of your babysitter?  Your new love interest? Since the ...

Oct 6

Categories: Other

Written By:
Tony Brown

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