Self Help and Improvement

Here we write articles that we think would contribute to personal growth and development. They are not necessarily tailored to any age group but are general musings about self growth

suicidal thoughts

IS IT NORMAL TO HAVE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS?

Most of us have, at some point, found ourselves in the midst of suicidal thoughts. At least once, most of us might have thought about ‘ending it all’ or wished we could just ‘stop existing’ out of sheer exasperation. Having a fleeting thought about taking one’s life when feeling completely helpless about a life situation is natural. However, most of us move past it and we try dealing with our issues in some way or another.

emotional eating

EMOTIONAL EATING: DO YOU EAT TO FEEL BETTER?

Do you eat to feel better (to comfort yourself when feeling upset, angry or anxious)?Do you use food as reward or an incentive?Do you feel like food is a friend?Do you unwittingly turn to food when you’re bored or simply need to while away time?Do you share a love-hate relationship with food? What is Emotional …

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understanding the lgbt community

IT’S HIGH TIME WE UNDERSTAND THE LGBT COMMUNITY

“Don’t cry. Boys don’t cry.”
“Hahahah! Beaten by a GIRL! What a wuss!”
Though most of us would say we support the rights of LGBT, very few of us truly strive to understand the LGBT community with an empathetic, open mind and even fewer are aware of the subtle ways in which we still fall prey to stereotypes and thereby, perpetuate them.

gender dysphoria

GENDER DYSPHORIA: NOT AT HOME WITH YOURSELF

Gender dysphoria refers to the intense distress, anxiety, confusion and guilt that an individual goes through when their biological sex comes into conflict with social constructs of gender. It is manifested by a stated desire to be the other sex, frequent passing as the other sex, desire to live or be treated as the other sex and through various other means. It is real and it happens more often than you think.

getting enough sleep

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?

May is Better Sleep Month, so let’s explore sleep, one of the elements of our lifestyle that we don’t pay conscious attention to, unlike dieting or exercising. You must know that not getting enough sleep over a long period of time could signal a deeper psychological concern and can have further implications on your mental health.

FEEL LIKE YOU AREN’T FITTING IN?

At times, you just know that this is where you belong, with your own close knit circle of like-minded friends.
However, have you ever found yourself in a group of friends wondering you don’t really belong in here? It might have felt like you have to try so hard fitting in with them.

counselling process

THE COUNSELLING PROCESS: USING PLATO’S METAPHOR

People often seek therapy when they feel powerless in face of difficulties, in order to regain a sense of control. Therapy, however, is also a process of moving towards deep self-awareness. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes how a person who is restrained in a dark cave for his entire life would feel when unchained and let out in the light of the sun for the first time. The counselling process, therefore, is not just as a ‘road to recovery’ but also a ‘path to self-realisation’.

triangle of conflict

THE TRIANGLE OF INNER CONFLICT

At times, we feel stuck in an endless, predictable cycle of feelings, behaviour patterns and situations. It seems as if we are continuously struggling, but still going farther away from what we truly want. In this article, our team of psychologists give their inputs on how it is likely that we might be struggling with a conflict that is more internal, than external – involving a wish, a fear and a defense.

feeling misunderstood

WHY WE FEEL MISUNDERSTOOD

Often, when we feel overwhelmed in our day to day lives, we wish to share our feelings, thoughts and perspectives with people who are part of our lives. We share these for several reasons – to feel validated, to find an emotional release, to ‘sort things out’ as we speak, and so on. Underlying many of these reasons is the need to be understood. However, sometimes it feels like they have misunderstood us, or have not completely understood. The feeling of being constantly misunderstood by people close to us can deeply impact us.

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