Tag: psychology

Interactions with People with Mental Illnesses

Interactions with People with Mental Illnesses

These past few years, after perpetual self-introspection, I noticed one particular aspect about myself. It was that, if I really felt up for it, I could engage and connect with people in a sincere manner. This quirk of mine has brought me in touch with people from all walks of life, but at the same …

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The Backwards Law

The Backwards Law

Introduced by the philosopher Alan Watts and popularized by writer Mark Manson (“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”): “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.” I took a few minutes to understand this cause it seems …

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Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Hello there! Today was my first time attending a research conference. It’ll be a 2-day conference on ageing and resilience. I’m quite interested in positive psychology and stress, so I managed to absorb quite some information today! At the same time, recently I’ve been listening to the audiobook “I Know What To Do, So Why …

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End of Undergraduate Life / Xiao Long Bao Buffet / Natural History Museum / Art Book Festival

End of Undergraduate Life / Xiao Long Bao Buffet / Natural History Museum / Art Book Festival

Wow, I can’t believe it. After 4 years as a psychology major at the National University of Singapore, I’ve finally graduated! I think these 4 years were one of the best periods of my entire education life, one which allowed me to learn academically while mature personally through my interactions with others. There certainly have …

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Virtue v.s. Talent

Virtue v.s. Talent

I was reading my positive psychology notes on the Classification and Measurement of Character Strengths by Peterson (2004), and a thought came to my head. They listed 6 core virtues – Wisdom & Knowledge, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance and Transcendence, and under each category, there are certain similar but distinct character strengths. For example, the …

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On chasing happiness.

On chasing happiness.

I used to have the mindset of: “I will be happy if I (insert accomplishment here)”. I will be happy if I did well for my A Levels, if I got to a good university, if I had a loving boyfriend, if I could sing well, if I became rich… I did well for my …

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Positivity!

Positivity!

My assignment for next week’s positive psychology class. Feel free to do this for yourself too! ūüôā List: Five¬†strengths¬†you have.¬† Gratitude Self-discipline Curiosity Love Humor/playfulness Five things you¬†admire¬†in yourself.¬† Being able to initiate random conversations Having the courage to do things I’m afraid of (eg skateboarding, talking to patients, talking to strangers, facing my problems) …

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“What is the meaning of life?” Pt. 1

“What is the meaning of life?” Pt. 1

I’ve been reading the book Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, who chronicles his experiences at a concentration camp while introducing his psychotherapeutic method called logotherapy, based on the will to meaning. It took me a (really) long time to truly understand the book. Even while 3/4 into the book, I still felt confused …

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Initiative

Initiative

Data collection at the wards today went kind of smooth at the beginning, but after lunch, I got rejected by a patient and realized after checking with the nurses that the rest of the 7 patients in my list were unavailable. So I quickly texted my prof on what to do, who asked me to …

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Learning to be persuasive

Learning to be persuasive

Woah. Had a really…hectic?crazy?bad?great? day today. It was really just…a messy mix of colours in my head. I woke up at 5.30am and had to reach IMH at 8am to be orientated around the wards by my prof for data collection. I took an Uber there because I had to carry a super heavy luggage …

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