Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioral activation (BA) is a therapeutic intervention that is often used to treat depression. Behavioral activation stems from a behavioral model of depression that conceptualizes depression as a consequence of a lack of positive reinforcement. BA is highly customizable and is a ve
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Honesty Worksheets, Activities & Tests: Honesty & Integrity in Therapy

Honesty Worksheets, Activities & Tests: Honesty & Integrity in Therapy

“Honesty is the best policy.” – Benjamin Franklin Or is it? Benjamin Franklin seems to think so, but he also said this: “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Benjamin Frank
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Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided ImagerySM (IGISM) is a specific type of guided imagery (a practice relying on visualization) overseen by the Academy for Guided Imagery. Guided imagery and IGISM have been shown to be useful in treating a variety of physical and mental health issues, and have also b
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Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Why Shame and Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Shame and guilt are two self-conscious emotions that everyone will feel several times throughout their lives. These are generally negative emotions which make people feel bad about themselves and can have negative consequences. That said, shame and guilt are important emotional compon
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28 Mental Health Activities, Worksheets & Books for Adults & Students

Mental health is an important thing to talk about, but it can sometimes feel uncomfortable for people to start discussing. It is an important subject, however, as an increase in societal mental health awareness can have positive outcomes. For example, one study examining a British ant
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Existential Therapy: Make Your Own Meaning

Existential Therapy: Make Your Own Meaning

You may have a certain set of assumptions or associations pop into your head when you hear (or read) the word “existential.” Perhaps you think of movies or books where “everyone dies” seems to be the overarching message. Maybe you recall philosophers you read about in high school or c
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Reality Therapy: Constructing Your Future One Choice at a Time

Reality Therapy: Constructing Your Future One Choice at a Time

Needs – we all have them, and we all have many different kinds of needs. Of course, sometimes what we think are needs are actually “wants;” however, depending on the philosophical perspective, the needs category may cover more than you would imagine. Let’s think of all the basic needs
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Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Wellbeing and First Nations People: Taking Positive Psychology Out of the Ivory Tower

Of all the criticisms leveled against Positive Psychology, there is one I agree with. There is very little that has as yet been done to take positive psychology out of the “ivory tower” of academic research labs, and into the potentially less salubrious environs of underprivileged com
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18 Self-Esteem Worksheets and Activities for Teens and Adults (+PDFs)

We all experience moments of self-doubt and uncertainty. Even the most confident and happy people have moments where they think “I’m such a failure.” It’s a part of being human. However, if you find yourself having these kinds of negative thoughts frequently or letting these feelings
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5 Best Books on Gratitude + Oliver Sacks’ Gratitude Book

5 Best Books on Gratitude + Oliver Sacks’ Gratitude Book

Gratitude has been a popular topic around the Positive Psychology Program lately. This isn’t overly surprising, as gratitude has been a hot topic in the world of positive psychology research for many years. In fact, if you type “gratitude” into Google Scholar, you’ll get about 1.32 mi
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The #1 Reason Why We Want More And More (And More)

The #1 thing that holds people back from having a smooooothe-as-honey lifestyle, where you can just get up, feel great, and connect with other people in meaningful ways, is… (Drum roll) Not being grateful. You can have all the money and achievements in the world. But, if you are grate
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The Positive Psychology Of Successful Relationships (Oh, And Sex…)

Here’s the unhappy truth about long-term relationships. Over time, as couples get used to each other, they have less sex. There I said it. Sad but true. In fact, as Sonja Lyubomirsky has noted the amount of time two people have been together as a couple is a better predictor of decrea
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What is MBCT? + 28 Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Resources

“Our life is what our thoughts make it” (Marcus Aurelius) This quote from the Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius holds as much truth now as it did nearly 2,000 years ago. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions that we experience every day shape the nature of our reality. Coun
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Positive Aging: 10 Positive Solutions to An Age Old Problem

Life expectancy has improved considerably during the past couple of decades, and an increasing amount of people are looking forward to twenty or more years of life after retirement. But the growing proportion of the elderly to the younger population provides both challenges and opport
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Just be Your Selfie: Self Compassion and Self Worth on Social Media

Growing up, I have seen a dramatic change in how relationships, identities, and social networks operate. Facebook in particular, is now a complex social ecosystem with 1.55 billion active daily users a month who are able to express themselves, keep informed about the news and communic
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Positive CBT: The Flip Side of the Coin

Positive Cognitive-behavioral therapy (PCBT) can be defined as a “strengths-based approach” with its roots in positive psychology. Its philosophy is based on the idea that we are capable beings and that we possess abilities within ourselves that influence behavior and our interpretati
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