Relationships Articles

Are You Overreacting? How to Tell

It’s normal and healthy to sometimes be very emotional. Big life challenges can evoke big reactions. And we all have tired days when we can react too quickly. But are you constantly accused of overreacting? An overreactive personality type tends to come with marked and consistent symptoms and behaviours.  Choose the answers below that are most...

7 Common Defence Mechanisms – Are They Holding You Back?

What are defence mechanisms? Defence mechanisms are a central concept in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Unconscious strategies we use to defend ourselves against anxiety and emotional pain, defence mechanisms are also a way of self-monitoring behaviour to ensure we are ‘acceptable’ to others.  We all practise this sort of self-deception now and then. It allows allows us to maintain the image...