Socialization is the process, by which we acquire knowledge, skills and character, that enable us to participate in a social life. The process of socialization is aimed at learning what we need to learn in order to integrate into a given social context, to form satisfying relations and to develop our potentials. In particular, the … Continue reading What are we ruled by? Socialization or genetics?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology, proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper ”A Theory of Human Motivation”. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, all of which focus on describing the stages of growth … Continue reading Hierarchy of Needs: what to start with?
Concept of the Self
According to Kohut and Wolf (1978), the self, a psychic structure, is at the core of our personality. Kohut (1971) asserts that the development of self is a process that begins at birth and depends on the environment. Grosch (1994) writes, “As long as the self is imbedded in a social matrix that provides a field of the needed mirroring responses and the needed availability of idealizable values, the self will feel comfortably affirmed in his or her total self with its ambitions and goals” (p. 55). An individual’s “self will emerge as either a firm and healthy structure or as a more or less seriously damaged one” (Kohut & Wolf, p. 20). This emergence is dependent on the quality of the interactions between the self and its self-objects in childhood. Kohut (1984) writes that selfobject relationships form the essence of psychological life from birth to…
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What happens to us, when we attempt to handle a challenge or to solve a problem? Why should we focus either on a solution or on a problem? While dealing with any problem or challenge and striving to sort it out, we often waste our time, money, energy and health for “going round in circles”. The … Continue reading Solution Building vs Problem Solving?
''There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." - W. Shakespeare CBT – Cognitive behaviour therapy – is a set of psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at helping individuals understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviours. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addiction, … Continue reading We hold so much power within ourselves that needs to be released. Sometimes we lack just a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, for the greatest things to happen.