10 Reasons Why You Might Not Need Pills (A Psychologist’s (not Psychiatrist’s) view)

In the US, one in six persons currently takes a psychotropic drug. In Switzerland, around one in ten regularly consume prescribed antidepressants. This population is a minority; all the others manage to live without, and so can you. Modern psychopharmacology began in 1950 with the synthesis of chlorpromazine. Only from then on, the industry started … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Might Not Need Pills (A Psychologist’s (not Psychiatrist’s) view)

The 3 types of Psychic Blindness, which prevent Awareness Intelligence

Mindfulness is a buzzword used all over. But still, few seem to understand what exactly the mind should be full of. Most people do not systematically think about their thinking; they do not reflect on their scope of awareness. Psychic blindness appears to be a common issue and, therefore, hinders natural fitness, unconditional kindness, and … Continue reading The 3 types of Psychic Blindness, which prevent Awareness Intelligence

Identities: Obstacles to change

[This article was also published together with other authors at the ‘Skilled Helpers Collaborative’: tinyurl.com/dsja4q4h] Transitions can be defined as “change from one form to another.” In physical life, change is inevitable. So, we (and all matter) constantly change. Our body that we occupied only a few years ago does not contain the same atoms … Continue reading Identities: Obstacles to change

LET YOURSELF OFFEND. The benefits of letting you get offended.

You get an understanding and compassionate ear here, but the most significant benefit lies in permitting me to offend you. First of all, if I didn’t dare to offend, I couldn’t be honest. Being offended offers a real-world check outside of one’s comfort zone. Second, if I solely entertained you, I’d waste your time distracting … Continue reading LET YOURSELF OFFEND. The benefits of letting you get offended.

BECOME RESILIENT: How to mentally configure the three basic human needs of safety, satisfaction, and connectedness

This article is part of a collaborative effort to shed light on the critically important topic of resilience. Three perspectives, however, revealing common patterns of the concept and approaches to become more resilient. You can read the original collaborative post on Patty’s Blog featuring the skilled helpers listed below: https://pattywolters.com/blog/2020/12/24/resilience-skilled-helpers-collaborative/ Learning resilience through flowing water … Continue reading BECOME RESILIENT: How to mentally configure the three basic human needs of safety, satisfaction, and connectedness

Unimportant urgencies versus purposeful service

The time-compressed relatedness of urgency to near-future inter-personal expectations implies that later in time the importance of the matter will fade only as a function of time. Awareness-intelligent solutions, on the other hand, are about importance and are never in a hurry.

Learning to die during a lifetime

Awareness Intelligence is the ability to instantaneously think through virtual deaths from the intra-past, through the inter-present, and to the extra-future at any time and in any situation to effectuate personal growth.

The Meaning of Work (and Cultural Considerations at the Example of Japan)

  Introduction Definition of meaning Although ‘meaning’ isn’t reducible to a state-like single factor [1], the meaning of a concept (i.e., work) is related to how an individual does experience the significance of a situation that causes related inferential intentions to behave in a certain way [2]. While for many people the primary meaning of … Continue reading The Meaning of Work (and Cultural Considerations at the Example of Japan)

Why People Justify Social Systems That Disadvantage Them

The paradox of the disadvantaged justifying authoritarian systems It can seem paradoxical that people often justify the existing social system even when this comes at personal and collective costs [1]. System Justification Theory (SJT) provides a framework to understand what the motives and contexts behind this phenomenon are [2]. SJT posits that an underlying ideology … Continue reading Why People Justify Social Systems That Disadvantage Them

A (Psychology Resources)

Aanstoos, C. (n.d). The relevance of humanistic psychology. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology, 43(3), 121-132. Abbe, A., Gulick, L. M. V., & Herman, J. L. (2008). Cross-cultural competence in army leaders: A conceptual and empirical foundation (Study Report 2008–01). Arlington, VA: U.S. Army About Dr. Wayne Dyer. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.drwaynedyer.com/about-dr-wayne-dyer/ Abrutyn, S., Van Ness, J., & Taylor, … Continue reading A (Psychology Resources)

Cooperatives in Japan (Article Series): Part 2/4 – Cooperative Advantages

Overview and Conclusion article for Part 1 – Part 4, please see here. To make it clear right up front: cooperation isn’t just an idea; it is instead a universal need and natural law for human thriving, be it in one’s spiritual connections, interpersonal relations, or business matters. Member-owned cooperative organizations as they are institutionalized are … Continue reading Cooperatives in Japan (Article Series): Part 2/4 – Cooperative Advantages

Attachment and Moral Development Theory

Summary This essay evaluates whether “the fundamental problem of social psychology is the moralization of the individual by the society” (McDougall, 1908 as cited in [1], p.8). Also, how does attachment theory permeate aspects of human (and ecological) relationships [2], and how are emotional, moral, and identity development and personality theory aspects intertwined? Finally, implications … Continue reading Attachment and Moral Development Theory

Different Types of Attachment and Socio-emotional Development Throughout the Lifespan

An infant requires a stable establishment of relational trust that is nourished by positive emotional and social connections with a primary caregiver (e.g., father, mother, or grandparent, etc.). Attachment types, such as the healthiest secure attachment style, determine the socio-emotional development and how someone manages social relationships across the lifespan. Differences in parenting and resulting … Continue reading Different Types of Attachment and Socio-emotional Development Throughout the Lifespan

What made Rosa Parks stand up for her rights? Continuity/discontinuity and nature/nurture aspects of psychological development

Rosa Parks is called a “civil rights pioneer” [1], an Alabama seamstress who was “sparking the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s” [2, p. 184], and a ‘one hit wonder’ who refused in 1955 to give up her seat just because of being tired from shopping [11]. Activists’ security it is … Continue reading What made Rosa Parks stand up for her rights? Continuity/discontinuity and nature/nurture aspects of psychological development

Shared parenting research / Geteilte Kinderfürsorge (Forschungsstand)

Summary of the essential points Balanced and meaningful contact with each parent in the course of everyday life is a most powerful predictor of a child’s future health, well-being, and positive social functioning Maternal and paternal parenting is equally important for a child’s well-being Research on children’s overnights with fathers favors allowing children under four … Continue reading Shared parenting research / Geteilte Kinderfürsorge (Forschungsstand)

People (and auditors) generally see what they are looking for

“People generally see what they are looking for and hear what they listen for.” – Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). This is also (or especially) true for the marketplace of audit reports.

Fundamental and biggest human problem

The fundamental and biggest human problem is that men are ever striving for more profit leading to comparably greater wealth for the purpose of competitive advantage in looking for their wives. It is, therefore, our all responsibility to create the circumstances enabling women to more consequently choose wise and personally rich partners over financially wealthy competitors. If … Continue reading Fundamental and biggest human problem

Japan is eating itself. – An analyzis and recommendation for vitalization

Extremely homogeneous society, almost full employment, low criminality, high suicide rate due to depression, fastest aging society and declining population, unique way of doing business, and economic growth of 0%. How to vitalize Japan?

Purposeful life changes don’t make everybody feel better

What is your real motivation for change? How courageously are you willing to invest into taking off for the adventure of change and growth? Would it be even worth for you to sacrifice popularity in existing relationships? A scenario for a (test) discussion.