EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to be self-aware and to be aware of others’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It means to be able to check-in with yourself and be able to identify what you are thinking and what you are feeling. Checking-in with yourself during a challenging situation with others prevents you […]

Darth Vader, Anger & Dr. Marshall

Darth Vader, Anger and Dr. Marshall A lot has been written about Star Wars and its characters. Some French psychologists even went that far to diagnose Darth Vader with Bipolar Personality Disorder (BPD). They later defended themselves with the statement that during training, it makes sense to have a “proto typical” example that is known […]

Feeling Lost: Emotions-Feelings-Values

    Feeling Lost: Emotions-Feelings-Values At times we feel lost and wonder whether we are still on-track. This discussion might be helpful. I start this discussion with emotions and feelings and will end with values. Emotions are universal and hard wired in the brain. They are a reaction to environmental stimuli (triggers) and occur automatically and […]

Communication

COMMUNICATION Respectful and effective communication is of crucial importance in any relationship. It prevents disconnection, conflict and heartache in committed relationships. Good communication means making time for each other and not allowing interruptions. It means sitting together and listening to each other about what is going on. When you are both calm, you can address […]

DOES THERAPY WORK?

Does Therapy Work? To find out whether therapy works, we can focus on research done in the field. There are mainly three types of research in psychotherapy (counselling): Efficacy Research (clinical trials) are used to determine whether a treatment works under special experimental conditions or whether a new treatment works better than an existing treatment […]

The Journey Begins…

  “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo   “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” “[The sorting hat] only put me in Gryffindor,” said Harry in a defeated voice, “because I asked not to go […]