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course-1015596_960_720January is usually the month in which we tend to be more retrospective while focusing and executing, most likely more than in any other month, our new year’s resolutions. Evaluating my blog and setting new goals is thus something that I find to be more effective if I do it on January. This year I have decided to go back in time and review the whole blog. I love writing and psychology is my passion, thus my blog helps me combine the two, while it also enables me to share my knowledge, experience, insights and make psychology and therapy more accessible and comprehensible to all.

The following are the top 10 of the readers’ favourite blog posts of all times.

#10 Beware- the potentially destructive nature of self-criticism can lead to depression

Depression that results due to extreme self-criticism and self demanding perfectionism is also described as introjective depression. This post portrays the tendencies and implications of being depressed due to self-criticism.

#9 Social anxiety- dreading social situations and interactions

This post defines social anxiety, explains the components of the vicious cycle that maintains it and the implications that social anxiety has on one’s life.

#8 Negative and unsupportive social interactions

While positive interactions help to reduce stress, distress, increase coping and self-esteem, negative interactions with the environment do just the opposite. The article introduces the 4 main constructs, which lead to reduced psychological and physical well-being and suggests ways to cope with it.

#7 The benefits of emotional expression

The article begins with a short description of an emotional expression and continues to list many benefits that emotional expression has on our psychological and physical well being.

# 6 Clarifying states and traits

States and traits often intertwine and therefore it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. This post defines, gives examples and compares states and traits.

#5 Why do trauma survivors blame themselves?

Survivors try to create meaning to the terrible trauma that they have endured. Blaming the self is how survivors often try to understand why the trauma occurred to them and diminish the sense of uncontrollability of the world. The concept of self- blame and the types of self-blame( character self-blame and behavioral self-blame)are discussed in this post.

#4 The impact of PTSD on the children: Intergenerational transmission of trauma

The emotional instability that comes with living with a parent, who has PTSD often becomes embedded in the child. The psychological implications of the parents’ PTSD on a child, the manners in which the PTSD of a parent can be transferred to a child and what a partner can do to better cope with raising children together with a partner who has PTSD are being discussed.

#3 A glimpse into Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This post defines the Narcissistic personality disorder and the 2 subtypes of pathological narcissism. It also depicts examples of how it is perceived by the person him/herself and others.

#2 Defense mechanisms VS Coping

Coping mechanisms are often confused and interchanged with defense mechanisms due to their similarities. This article compares and contrasts the two and makes the distinction more comprehensible.

#1 Emotion-focused coping strategies

This post introduces the function of emotion focused coping and names examples of common strategies that are effective and positive. It also mentions commonly used strategies that are unhelpful,unhealthy and disadvantageous in the long term.
Now that we have read the top ten of all times, what great content will you get in 2016? I guess you will have to come back to find out! Enjoy!

If you have any ideas for a post that you would like to see or questions that you want answered(anonymously naturally), please email me at dr.galor@delichtegolfpsy.nl