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Looking at abusive relationships through the lens of Erikson's 8 stages of psychosocial development.
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Looking at abusive relationships through the lens of Erikson's 8 stages of psychosocial development.

I am also going to intentionally ‘misuse’ the 8 stages as they were originally intended and instead highlight how each of the 8 stages can help to explain how a person can be ‘changed’ or ‘altered’ by an abusive relationship.

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A look at some common relationship problems.
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A look at some common relationship problems.

Many people grow up with the idea that relationships need to be perfect or that they must always be happy.

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What are ego states?
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What are ego states?

Ego states or self-states are the different personalities that we display within different social contexts.

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A look at Ryff’s six-factor model of psychological well-being.
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A look at Ryff’s six-factor model of psychological well-being.

Ryff’s model of psychological well-being has distinguished six core factors which contribute towards well-being; autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, purpose in life, and self-acceptance.

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Should all psychologists have prescriptive authority?
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Should all psychologists have prescriptive authority?

There is an upside to granting psychologists prescription privileges (some US states already have). Generally speaking, a psychologist spends much more time interacting with a client than a psychiatrist or doctor can or does.

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The id, ego and superego explained.
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The id, ego and superego explained.

The id is present from the moment we are born and it runs on pure instinct, desire, and need. The id is entirely unconscious and it is the most primitive part of the personality, including basic biological drives and reflexes.

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What is the replication crisis within psychology?
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What is the replication crisis within psychology?

This inability to replicate previous findings has become known as the replication crisis and it is starting to jeopardise the integrity of psychology as a ‘scientific’ discipline.

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A look at two ways of managing stress.
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A look at two ways of managing stress.

Stressors can be events, places, things or people and all stressors have the POTENTIAL to cause stress if they are PERCEIVED as stressful.

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A brief look at Schema Therapy.
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A brief look at Schema Therapy.

There are four main concepts within schema therapy; Early maladaptive schemas, core emotional needs (schema domains), modes (4 modes), and maladaptive coping styles.

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Anxiety disorders and false safety behaviours.
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Anxiety disorders and false safety behaviours.

Safety behaviours which are activated in response to anxiety and anxiety disorders are false safety behaviours (FSB). They are considered false because they are unnecessary.

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Social exchange theory and interpersonal relationships.
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Social exchange theory and interpersonal relationships.

The core basis of social exchange theory is the familiar saying “you scratch my back and I will scratch your back”.

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Eating Disorders explained.
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Eating Disorders explained.

At one point eating disorders (ED) were predominately a “Western” problem however the disorder has expanded across the globe affecting people of all ages, races, genders and ethnicities.

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