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Sexting among children and adolescents is on the increase

Schools around the UK have known for some time of cases where children text naked images of themselves from their mobile phones. The practice of ‘sexting’ is becoming more common as a generation of children grow up entirely comfortable recording the details of their personal lives…

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The unspeakable emotions

If you have ever experienced a distinct but unfamiliar feeling that you couldn’t quite name, you might have encountered one of the many emotions for which there are no words in English. Though no language is sophisticated enough to name all human emotions, when it comes to describing…

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Online dating | useful tips for making online relationships

Technology has changed the way people meet. Whether we’re looking for a life partner, friendship or something more casual, many relationships now start online. The number of people using social networking sites has steadily increased over the past 10 years. Online dating is now a socially…

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Too much sleep may be as harmful as too little

The study examined 9,000 English people over one month and found that those aged 50-64 who slept more than eight hours a night had poor memory and decision-making abilities similar to those who slept less than six hours per night. The optimal range of sleep for adults in this age range…

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Psychology Essays/Articles

Introducing Compassion-focused Therapy, by Professor Paul Gilbert

In his paper, Professor Paul Gilbert sets out to explain the fundamental principles of his science-based model, Compassion-focused Therapy, now being used by many therapists in the treatment of shame, high levels of self-criticism and low self-worth. He explains the basis of his theory, often…

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Psychology Essays/Articles

The Value of Vindictiveness, by Karen Horney

Written in 1948, Karen Horney’s paper on vindictiveness takes a psychoanalytic perspective on the need for revenge. She considers the aims of vindictive behaviour and outlines three forms of vindictiveness which she describes as openly aggressive vindictiveness, self-effacing…

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Notable People in Therapy

The sometimes forgotten Karen Horney

Karen Horney (1885 – 1952) was a German psychoanalyst whose theories challenged Freudian views that were prevalent at the time, especially Freud’s views around sexuality. She did not believe in any inherent differences in the psychology of men and women, believing any differences were…

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Psychology Essays/Articles

Healthy Maternal Ambivalence, by Joan Raphael-Leff

From Studies in the Maternal 2 (2010) Joan Raphael-Leff’s writing provides a unique perspective on maternal subjectivity, a topic she feels has been long-neglected in psychoanalysis. Raphael-Leff challenges the idealisation of the early mother-baby bond that excludes negative maternal…

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