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What is a ‘Schema’ in Psychology?

In psychology, ‘schemas’ are the patterns of thinking that your mind creates to organise and understand the information it takes in. How does this new information slot in with what you already know? What can you therefore expect from this experience/ person/ situation? You could see a schema as a sort of ‘mind shortcut‘. It’s...

Acute Stress Disorder vs PTSD vs Emotional Shock – Which One Do You Have?

Have you experienced something overwhelming and frightening? It’s likely you will experience some form of psychological shock afterwards. But when is shock normal and to be left to resolve itself, and when is emotional shock a real problem? And what is the difference between acute stress disorder vs PTSD? For a clear explanation on what exactly...

What is Self-Concept? And How Can It Help You?

Have you ever found yourself looking in the mirror after a challenging experience and asking yourself, ‘Who am I?”. If so, you have come face to face with your self-concept. What is ‘self concept’ in psychology? Self-concept is hardly a new idea. Ancient eastern practices, for example, often talked about self-identity, and the question of...

How to Find Friends You Actually Like

Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are among the top reasons people seek therapy. And one of the main causes of all three is not feeling connected to others. Despite being surrounded by friends, we find ourselves lonely. Are your ‘friends’ people you can be your authentic self around? If not, it’s time to learn how to find...

What is Psychological Trauma?

In everyday language, we can call many things ‘traumatic’. A breakup, our boss being in a bad mood, or having to give a presentation. But what is psychological trauma? The main elements of psychological trauma Trauma is a very large field of interest and research in psychology. And not everyone agrees on what should and shouldn’t count...