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ON ‘PHOBIA’: WHAT IT REALLY IS

Most of us use the ‘word’ phobia rather casually. We often hear such exclamations as, “I really hate Maths… I think I have a phobia of numbers!” or “I don’t socialize much- It's like I have social phobia!” But what really is a phobia, and how is it different from the more generic, everyday [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

What to Do If Your Child is Afraid of Monsters?

“What if My 3 year old tells me he saw a ghost or monster? How should I respond? Should I ask him more about what he saw? Or should I divert his attention?” Sometimes, as parents, you are not sure what the best response would be. You might wonder whether asking the child more would make him/her recollect what he saw and feel scared. On the other hand, will it help him talk it out and feel better? Well, as therapists, we would vouch for letting him express himself. The reasons for this are many.

By | February 22nd, 2017|Parenting|0 Comments

THE GIFT OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

Why not just visit a psychotherapist when you have no problems? When you go to a psychotherapist when there is no problem, you have the space to explore and reflect on your life. The intention would be solely for optimizing your life. It’s like talking to a dietician about how to modify your diet when you don’t have cholesterol or diabetes.

By | January 7th, 2017|Self Help and Improvement|2 Comments

SHOULD YOU SEEK COUNSELING? TAKE THIS TEST TO FIND OUT.

Most of us get overwhelmed some time or the other. At such times, it is natural to wonder where it is all going . Sometimes it is difficult to determine how 'okay' it is to feel something so intensely or to go a through a difficult situation just by yourself and for how long. At Inner Space, often people write in to us asking, "How do I know whether I should seek counseling or just manage by myself."

By | November 25th, 2016|Self Help and Improvement|2 Comments

DEFENSE MECHANISMS – DAY 8: RUSTY COHLE

Rusty is an intense character with a depressing past. He is shown to be a misanthrope, highly self-aware, truthful, responsible, messed up, cruel, obsessive, perceptive, intelligent - all rolled in one. But why are his defenses designed to keep him from experiencing happiness?

By | October 18th, 2016|Self Help and Improvement|0 Comments

DEFENSE MECHANISMS – DAY 6: DR. HOUSE

Dr. House seems to be this bitter, grumpy, cynical middle- aged man full of pride and lacking empathy. However, we can surmise that this image is but a defense. In what ways does Dr. House manage to maintain an emotional distance when relating to others and why does he need to do it?

By | October 15th, 2016|Self Help and Improvement|0 Comments

DEFENSE MECHANISMS – DAY 5: CARRIE MATHISON

The very perceptive CIA Agent, Carrie, often digs out solutions that others may miss. She seems driven by her principles to catch the bad guys, and to uphold justice. In dealing with people who embody terrorism, she is objective and often ruthless. However, there are times when her objectivity can be questioned.

By | October 14th, 2016|Self Help and Improvement|0 Comments

DEFENSE MECHANISMS – DAY 4: PHOEBE BUFFAY

Spiritual practices and beliefs help us in many ways. They give us a sense of peace and solace, when times are tough. They also help us foster gratitude and guide us in our daily lives. Who would ever think that a religious or a spiritual belief or practice, could be a defense mechanism? [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Self Help and Improvement|0 Comments