Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Person Centered Therapy

Talking to someone I'm pretty fond of,  she made me aware of a form of therapy that is based on an emphatic relationship with "the client".
The key points here are: emotional involvement and regarding the "suffering person" or "the client" as someone whose progress is nothing but a personal achievement.
The client is someone who experiences a dysfunctional way of living, of thinking, in opposition to the pathological approach where the client is labeled as "sick".
This approach is called "Person Centered Therapy" or "Humanistic Psychology", and is based on empathy, unconditional and positive acceptance and the establishment of an authentic relationship with the client. To me, the most appealing part of this kind of psychology  is the empowerment of the client as someone who is responsible and capable, who's made aware of the incongruence between his awareness and his experience of life.
In my personal point of view, this is the kind of therapy everyone who needs some sort of psychological counselling ought to receive, no wonder why it's one of the most popular forms of treatment and one of the most effective.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person-centered_therapy


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Unwholesome or unskillful thoughts

It's all about thoughts, patterns of thought promote the recurrence of the same and similar patterns of thought, even at the physical level, the brain reorganizes according to these patterns.

In the Buddhist tradition, there are certain patterns of thought we are advised to acknowledge and avoid / replace by other more positive, being some of them:

- Hatred. Hateful thoughts even if not materialised, cause us harm, both spiritually and physically, a wise person foments compassionate and generous thoughts.
- Delusional thoughts. Any thoughts related with not seeing things as they are, believing things that are contradictory to naturals laws, to reality.
- Envy. We are not to compare ourselves to others, the comparing mind is one of the most powerful sources of unhappiness, sadly, competitiveness is a highly accepted value in the modern world.

I'm just starting my journey to a higher level of awareness, I've been to many schools of thought, but I think I've found a philosophy I can embrace.



Reference:
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/practicing-mindfulness-an-introduction-to-meditation.html

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Some free brain exercising alternatives

We're frequently told of the benefits of exercising the body, but how about exercising the mind as well?
Recent findings reveal that the brain has some potential for improving itself due to a phenomena called neuroplasticity.
http://bigthink.com/think-tank/brain-exercise

These are some free options I've stumbled upon:


Hope you find these links useful. Feel free to share your experience in the comments.