blogging, Mental Health

Why It is Hard to Change Opinions

In my past life, I was working as a Nurse in a Vascular ward of a large hospital. The ward was brimming with patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease, (PVD), a disease that often narrows the arteries and results from smoking. Without treatment, healthy tissues usually in the lower extremities are starved of blood and therefore… Continue reading Why It is Hard to Change Opinions

Mental Health

The Spotlight Effect, Sales, Social Phobia and Anxiety

Research has shown that many people drastically overestimate the effect they have on others and surprisingly this so-called "Spotlight effect", has relevance both for the way we select items for purchase, and for those folk who feel anxious in social situations. The Anchoring Effect and Comparison It has been observed in studies that when judging… Continue reading The Spotlight Effect, Sales, Social Phobia and Anxiety

blogging, Motivational

Finding a Kinder Inner Voice

Inner voices determine our mood and form part of our self-concept. There are times when listening to them is useful, but also times when those thoughts do not serve or support us. Credit: Meredith Gaston Some people will interpret a disagreement between two friends as aggression, and react in a defensive way even when it… Continue reading Finding a Kinder Inner Voice

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Better Communication Skills

Recently, I have been writing about the skill of reflective listening as an adjunct to bettering our communication with, and understanding of, others especially when the others may have different points of view. Good listening is not easy. Bad news can be a heavy burden. Listening means overcoming roadblocks to effective communication and as such… Continue reading Better Communication Skills

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blogging, Motivational, Philosophy

Sunday Quotes – Helpful Resources

"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." -Whoopi Goldberg Troubled people may often feel an overriding sense of discouragement. Feeling deeply discouraged has a profound effect on a person's motivation and their ability to solve their problems for… Continue reading Sunday Quotes – Helpful Resources

blogging, Philosophy

Why is Everyone So Unhappy?

It seems that the happiest lives are built on forgiveness and loving kindness that breeds contentment. If you are forgiving but still unhappy, consider the role you might have taken in life could be triggering unhappiness and discontentment. Roles in Life Limit our Self-Image The roles we set for ourselves may define and limit us.… Continue reading Why is Everyone So Unhappy?