Understanding Stress

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Before the Storm: 4 Ways to Manage Your Anger

Posted on August 9, 2017

While anger is generally perceived quite negatively in our society, it is in fact one of the six basic emotions recognised among human beings, and is seen in various forms in the rest of the animal world. Humans, like animals, use anger or aggression for a variety of underlying reasons —to assert power, mark territory, show domination, intimidate competition, as a scare tactic or even indirectly to impress potential mates. In the contemporary context, these underlying reasons manifest in differentRead More

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5 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

Posted on March 20, 2017

  Social anxiety or social phobia is the disabling fear of one or more specific social situations, wherein an individual fears that they may be exposed to the scrutiny and negative evaluation of others, or that they may act in a publicly embarrassing or humiliating manner. These situations could include public speaking, meeting new people, eating or writing in public, using public restrooms, being the centre of attention, going on a date or even making phone calls.   Research has shownRead More

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The Confusion Called ‘Stress’

Posted on February 17, 2017

From the time Hans Selye defined “stress” in 1936 as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”, the world has a come a long way in our understanding of stress. Today we know it is multifaceted and more complex than we originally thought. The General Adaptation Model of stress that Hans Selye spoke about consisted of three stages: The alarm stage, The resistance stage, and The exhaustion stage The alarm stage is characterised by the veryRead More

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Stress and the Fundamentals of Caring

Posted on October 6, 2016

The once prominent line between body and mind has become blurred; it is now widely acknowledged amongst clinicians and laymen worldwide that the body affects mental processes, and that the mind has a large influence on the body. You will recognise the truth in this statement if you have ever been extremely tired physically and realised that your mind had stopped working, or if you have gone through a highly emotional experience like a break-up and found that your eating orRead More

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Life Begins Where Fear Ends: An article about courage

Posted on September 29, 2016

  “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela   If there is something natural and instinctual in the realm of the mind that can stop us from living the way we desire, it is the emotion of fear. From an evolutionary perspective fear can save our lives; for instance, our fear of snakesRead More