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Winter Blues

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Alannagh Kelly | December 6 2017 |
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The buzz and bliss of the summer is well and truly over. The evenings are long, dark and most likely cold and wet. Its no wonder we are all prone to the winter blues at some point or another. This is perfectly normal. However, sometimes we may find that these blues linger around for a […]

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Psychology of Dreams

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Rebekka Johnston | November 16 2017 | | Tags: ,
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To this day, science cannot fully explain what dreams are or why we have them. We pay little attention to the content of our dreams after we wake up, especially since our memory of the dream rapidly fades away as the day goes on. Dreams are associated with certain stages of sleep. The brain is […]

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Locus of Control

Uncategorized | Posted by Alannagh Kelly | October 19 2017 | | Tags: ,
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Think about the last time you succeeded in something. What factors influenced this outcome? Perhaps you were able to tap into your knowledge skills and abilities to reach a goal. Maybe your success was down to the help of others or even fate. The way we think about our successes and failures is crucial for […]

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The Psychology of First Impressions

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Shane McSweeney | October 3 2017 | | Tags: , , ,
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First impressions are important, you only make one of them! As humans, we make judgements on other people quickly. A study from Princeton University has found that people make judgements on attractiveness, likability and trustworthiness within a fraction of a second after seeing someone. Even if presented with lots of opposing evidence, we tend to […]

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How to manage the critical inner voice

Uncategorized | Posted by Alannagh Kelly | August 23 2017 |
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We are all familiar with that nagging inner voice that attacks us on different areas of our life, relationships, careers, our mood, psychological state, appearance, to name a few. For example: “I’m stupid,” “I’m not attractive,” “I’ll never be successful,” “He doesn’t really care about me,” “I’m better off on my own,”. Have you ever […]

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Spotlight: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Uncategorized | Posted by Alannagh Kelly | August 16 2017 |
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an effective combination of cognitive behavioural therapy, the mindfulness practice of Zen Buddhism, and the philosophy of dialectics. DBT was developed back in the ’80s by a psychologist, Marsha M. Linehan to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This therapy was used initially to help treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts, self-harming […]

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OCD- What is it, and how can it be managed?

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | July 14 2017 | | Tags: , , ,
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When you think of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) you may picture someone who constantly washes their hands, or who must have the house perfect at all times. However, there’s a lot more to OCD than you may think. According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5) “OCD is characterized by […]

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The Benefits of Volunteering

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | April 21 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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 “To serve others and do good”                                                             Aristotle.  Volunteering with and helping others is a great way to enhance your mood and satisfaction with life. Studies […]

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Suicide – Recognising the Warning Signs

Uncategorized | Posted by Tess O'Leary | December 20 2016 | | Tags: ,
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Unfortunately, Ireland is a nation that has suffered from a high suicide rate throughout the years. Although almost everyone in Ireland has been affected by suicide in some shape or form, people still find it difficult to discuss this topic. It can be very frightening when you realise that someone you know has been considering […]

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Healthy Technology Use for Better Sleep

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | October 25 2016 | | Tags: , ,
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Technology such as mobile phones and tablets have become indispensable tools in the way we live our lives. They help us to work efficiently, to stay in touch with friends and family and to keep up to date on the world around us.  For many of us, they are within reach at all times, including […]

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