Maladaptive Behaviour

In Carl Jung’s model of psychology, the human psyche is a self-regulating adaptive system. In his view, it is when we fail to adapt to changes and challenges that our lives become more complicated. If someone is avoiding adapting to … Read More

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Endogenous Depression

Endogenous depression is classified as a major depressive disorder, a mood disorder characterised by persistent and intense feelings of sadness that can last for extended periods of time. Psychology differentiates two types of depression: endogenous (causes from within the person) … Read More

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Overcompensating in Relationships

Overcompensating describes the way in which we find ourselves needing to work to conceal or neutralise the impact of another person’s personality or decisions on us.  Instead of our processes being simple they become complicated.  One complication is that we … Read More

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Have You Got A Chip On Your Shoulder?

We develop our emotional and psychological selves through our early family relationships and attachments.  If these things go badly they can leave a lasting sense of unhappiness and personal resentment.  From The Iliad to Hamlet to The Count of Monte … Read More

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The Rescuer Complex

The idea of a complex rests on the refutation of monolithic ideas of personality.  When we think about complexes we are acknowledging that we have many selves.  In Carl Jung’s psychology, we all have complexes, autonomous entities within the psyche.  … Read More

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Alastair Campbell’s Jam Jar

I thought Alastair Campbell’s contribution to the current films on mental health (BBC2 Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me) was rather interesting.  The impression is of someone who has lived for most of his life battling with depression.  Where did the … Read More

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Peter Pan Syndrome

We all have to find a way to grow up.  People who have Peter Pan syndrome haven’t worked out how to.  Something in the process of the development of their personality and psychology has stalled or hasn’t been triggered, and … Read More

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Pornography and Depression

Pornography use can have a corrosive effect on both the user and on other people in the user’s life. Pornography like any addiction, isolates users. It is the isolation that can be very destructive. When I was younger a friend … Read More

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Absent Fathers and Attachment Issues

Near the end of Cormac McCarthy’s devastating novel, The Road (2006), the father and son duo who have traveled the post-apocalyptic landscape together, have to say goodbye to one another. The father is dying. The father tells the son ‘you … Read More

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