The psychology behind riots and looting: The August 2011 English Riots

Recent news of widespread rioting and looting in several English cities has shocked most people both in England and the rest of the world.  One widely reported video on TV was particularly disturbing and perhaps even more distressful to Asians, was that of the young Malaysian student, Ashraf ...

Aug 24

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Brian Scott

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10 ways to find psychological help in your community

If you have not seeked psychological assistance before or have just moved to a new location, trying to locate and select the right kind of help may seem a daunting task at first. In our previous article, we explored the differences between the various mental health professions ...

Aug 15

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Differences between Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, and ...

A mental health provider is a professional who has received training and credentials to provide services to either ameliorate mental distress or to improve mental health and prevent mental disorders. Although there are a variety of mental health providers, the four main kinds are social workers, ...

Aug 4

Categories: Mental Health Professions

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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State of Mental Health Services in Southeast Asia

What is the quality and availability of mental health services in the southeast Asia region known as ASEAN?  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, ...

Jul 14

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn Video

In 2007, Jon Kabat-Zinn gave a talk on Mindfulness meditation at Google. The video may be a few years old but it offers an excellent insight into the topics of mindfulness for beginners. The present article provides a brief summary of his presentation along with the actual video which you can watch on your own. Jon started with an analogy of the ...

Jul 4

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 17th June : ...

The interview with the Dalai Lama this morning was the most outstanding event of the whole Happiness conference.  It was electrifying when Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso walked on stage, slowly, and with a very slight stoop, perhaps revealing his 75 years but more likely a deliberate bow.  He ...

Jun 22

Categories: Spirituality

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 16th June : ...

The highlight of the day for me was the presentation by Dr. Jane Goodall one of the leading primatologists in the world.  Jane Goodall told us that without a doubt the chimpanzees she has observed and worked with experience emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and rage.  She also ...

Jun 18

Categories: Empathy

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Brian Scott

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 15th June: ...

Today I attended the pre-conference workshop in Brisbane, Australia as part of the Happiness and Its Causes conference conducted by B. Alan Wallace, who is an expert in meditation having studied and practiced meditation for 40 years.  He is able to meditate for periods of amazing lengths of ...

Jun 16

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation techniques

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Brian Scott

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How to recover from childhood trauma using the three A’s to better ...

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that its dominant theme is to help those who have been abused, traumatized, or neglected in childhood and consequently experience a variety of psychological (and sometimes physiological) problems in adulthood. These individuals are variously ...

Jun 7

Categories: Codependency / Dependency, Self-Care / Self Compassion, Self-Love

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Psychology in Vietnam

VIETNAM is a Southeast Asian country with an area of 362,000 square km: roughly the size of Germany. It has a population of about 80 million, comprising 54 ethnic groups. In its long history Vietnam has had to conduct many wars for national liberation, and this cause was completed in 1975. In 1945 ...

May 18

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Introduction to Psychology Matters Asia

It is an exciting event to launch Psychology Matters Asia, or Psych Mat Asia as we like to refer to it, after months of hard work. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this site. It is our earnest hope that Psych Mat Asia becomes a useful information hub for mental health professionals and their clientele in the Asia ...

Apr 25

Categories: Other

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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