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1. Give your energy level a boost. It’s hard to be friendly, and to focus on others, if you’re feeling really tired and would rather be in bed. To keep going, grab some coffee or a bite to eat, or go outside for a few minutes, and get some cool, fresh air.

2. Have some tactics at the ready if you don’t know the people – or if you have to be with people you would rather avoid. For example, if you don’t like the people, ask a friend to go with you … and have a great excuse for leaving once you’ve done the minimum.  

3. Plan ahead to avoid conflict. Aim to stay in control of your reactions and emotions – and resist the pressure to take part in arguments.

4. Control your contribution. If you’re quiet and introverted then value you who you are. Don’t expect yourself to be a party animal. Show respect for yourself by taking time out if you need to, and only talk to people that you want to be around.

5. See it as a chance to practices a few social skills. Take the pressure off yourself by practising your social skills. For example, ask a few open questions, and keep the focus on the speaker. Try and come across as friendly through your use of body language – like making good eye contact and smiling while you talk.

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We tend to think of mental illness as things that you always have or don’t have. Can they also sometimes be like getting sick, and then getting better again?
Like I lost my balance or was in a bad situation, or didn’t take care of myself, and so I had a lot worse anxiety/panic attacks, but now that I’m not, I’m better? Or is that then just a normal reaction to that situation, and it means I never had anxiety as a mental illness?
Are mental illnesses only regarded as such if they are chronic chemical imbalances?
Can someone answer this??

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onlinecounsellingcollege just posted a list of traits for a shame based personality (i.e. the traits people tend to develop when they’ve been made to feel ashamed of themselves in childhood). I read down the list and on almost every one thought ‘Yes, that’s me’.

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Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships. Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention.
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The material in the post is taken from the psychology textbook: Psychology in Action by Karen Huffman. I use that textbook to teach BA students on The Principles of Psychology course :)

Yes, I thought as much. I just made a note that based on my own experiences which things are and are not true for me.

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