Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or is it?

You’ve probably heard someone say “I’m so OCD…” because of their desire to keep things organized, clean and in check. However, what does obsessive-compulsive disorder really look like? According to WHO (World Health Organization), OCD is one of the most disabling psychological disorders, in terms of decreased quality of life. The condition does not simply…

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What are your fears?

You probably have a fear or two- it is perfectly normal, as we are all human. But, when does fear become abnormal? Phobia is the intense fear of a specific object or situation (flying, animals, blood, and so on). The phobic object provokes an immediate sense of fear and is actively avoided by the person.…

How to identify the Narcissist

We all think we know at least one narcissist in our lives. However, how do we determine whether one person is actually a narcissist? Thankfully, psychology can provide the answer! Typically, the narcissist suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), which is one of the most popular personality disorders, along with borderline personality disorder, antisocial, histrionic…

What is your personality type?

According to Friedman and Rosenman, people have different personality types depending on how they respond to stressful situations. Their theory includes 4 types of personality and behavioral patterns- Type A, B, C or D. Type A individuals are very competitive, ambitious and self-critical. They strive towards achievements and accomplishments, and are highly involved in work.…

Chernobyl and mental health

We are probably all aware of the fantastic HBO mini-series “Chernobyl” which captured the hearts of many viewers worldwide. It depicts the real story of the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster which occurred in the Soviet Union- one of the worst man-made catastrophes to have ever happened. During a safety test that was being…

The secret of happiness in Denmark (hygge)

Researchers on happiness have found that Denmark is one of the happiest places on Earth, but why is that? Studies have shown that Danish people are happy, because they practice hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). Generally speaking, hygge focuses on living a comfortable, cozy and peaceful life. It is essentially creating a warm athmosphere and enjoying the…

The basis of stable relationships

How do we form a stable relationship with our partner? Research shows that our past and more specifically our childhood years are very important for the success of our love life. In this regard, Bowlby (1969) has found that adult attachment in relationships is  linked to social development in infancy.  He later defined three attachment styles-secure,…