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A Coping Mechanism for Autism

By Psychology Melbourne,

a coping mechanism for autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects individuals in diverse ways, often leading to challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours. Among the many coping mechanisms developed by those with autism, "masking" stands out as a significant strategy. Masking involves camouflaging one's autistic traits and behaviours to blend in with neurotypical society, a practice that can have both positive...

Singles and Relationships – Communicating on the Same Wavelength through the Generations

By Darryl Hodgson,

singles and relationships – communicating on the same wavelength through the generations

Developing a relationship fundamentally requires successful two-way communication as an essential first step. This is sometimes easier said than done, considering the myriad of variables which can complicate the sort of conversations on which a couple’s interest in each other was founded. There are signs, signals and symbols (or “tells”) that alert another person to potential compatibility (or not). For...

The Appeal of Group Therapy

By Darryl Hodgson,

the appeal of group therapy

Group Therapy has been available to us for decades. But the old has become new again as the pressures of modern society demand that we provide therapies that are not only effective but affordable and timely. There is so much more to the group process to provide us with a balanced and workable intervention not always experienced in the face-to-face...

Psycho-Oncology in the Room

By Darryl Hodgson,

psycho-oncology in the room

Psycho-Oncology as a specialty area integrates the psychological, social and behavioural dimensions of cancer. Psycho-oncology developed as an evidence-based discipline to offer an alternative to unproven therapies and to optimise coping and support for patients with cancer and, importantly, their families. Empirical studies have defined the prevalence of morbidity arising from cancer and the acute, longer-term and late effects of its...

Emotional Resilience – The Secret to Happiness

emotional resilience – the secret to happiness

Peter Kramer, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour at from Brown University Medical School, talks about resilience, not happiness, being the opposite of depression. Resilient people bounce back from failure. “Resilience is like a padding for the inevitable hardship human beings are bound to face.” —Martin Seligman The American Psychological Association (2021) defines personal resilience as “the process...

It shouldn't be this hard! Why relationships are a delicate balance.

it shouldn't be this hard! why relationships are a delicate balance.

Do you ever have the feeling that certain relationships in your life are harder than others?On the one hand, you might have a fantastic network of friends who you love spending time with, you find these interactions uplifting and fulfilling. But conversely, you have family relationships that just feel so difficult and tedious.Or you may feel that your intimate partner...

We all get angry, but not everyone gets mad

By Greg Eder,

we all get angry, but not everyone gets mad

Seven different anger types and what you can do about themWe all get angry. For some, their anger is no more than a minor hiccup; for others it is an intensely furious rage.On its own, anger is a very normal, healthy human emotion. In fact, anger – along with joy, sadness, and fear – is one of our four universal...

Some strategies for peace and happiness at Christmas

some strategies for peace and happiness at christmas

By Psychology Melbourne psychologist, Gloria LewThe Christmas season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a time of stress, anxiety, disappointment or loneliness. Christmas comes with high expectations of perfect, happy families enjoying luxurious celebrations and gifts, but not all of us are able to live up to these ideals.Many are stressed by the...

Social Anxiety

Edited by Jill Wright,

social anxiety

Social anxiety is the third largest mental health problem and most common anxiety disorder worldwide today. Sufferers are characterised by irrational fears of social situations, being negatively judged and evaluated by other people, provoking feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy and insecurity. Often perceived by outsiders as simply being shy, awkward or a bit different, for those experiencing it, feelings of distress...

It's safe to feel your emotions

it's safe to feel your emotions

This post is by Psychology Melbourne psychologist OrlyMiller What are emotions? Emotions are body sensations. What does anxiety feel like? Tight and constricted like I can't get a deep breath. What does sadness feel like? Heavy and dense like a weight pulling me down. What does joy feel like? Spacious and expansive. We experience each emotion as a set of...

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