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Breast cancer – What happens in the brain with a cancer diagnosis?

Insights from trauma therapy help us understand what goes on in our brain when we receive a cancer diagnosis. The inner and outer images perceived in a particular situation, the noises, the smells, the body sensations are initially stored on a “primitive” level in the so-called limbic system. The amygdala (almond kernel), in particular, is …

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Toxic relationships

Toxic relationships – definition A toxic relationship is a relationship characterised by behaviours on the part of a toxic partner damaging to their partner, either emotionally, physically or both. While a healthy relationship contributes to our self-esteem and emotional energy, a toxic relationship damages self-esteem and drains energy. Even a good relationship may have its …

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Quick thinking? Slow thinking? Clear thinking!

Thinking is a big challenge. The most straightforward test of the clarity of our thinking is whether we can manage to explain complex ideas as simply as possible. When you try it, you immediately notice where our thoughts are unclear and which elements need to be reconsidered or put on a more secure basis. It’s …

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Emotional triggers

Understand your emotional triggers – and how to deal with them The world can be great and beautiful, but it can also be evil and scary. Some have to endure hardships or deal with traumatic experiences. Such past experiences can affect the way we respond to events in the present. Then emotional triggers can cause …

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Childhood trauma, and how it affects health across a lifetime

Since the Covid-19 pandemic at the latest, no parent will have difficulty imagining that childhood trauma is affecting our emotional and behavioural development. The term childhood trauma summarizes: child abuse, sexual abuse of children, severe neglect, war experiences, separation / divorce of parents and other family / social stress factors. Trauma is a serious psychological …

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Dare more happiness instead of more career

Dare more happiness instead of more career: Seneca Lucius Annaeus Seneca (around 1-65 AD) was a Roman knight’s son in what is now Córdoba. He was one of the richest and most powerful men of his time. Among other things, he was the principal educator and advisor to the future Emperor Nero. His actions as a politician …

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Get out of corona anxiety

Corona anxiety: worrying symptoms According to the mental health charity Mind, the lockdown efforts have also taxed our cognitive resources. Many of us now struggle with a mixture of anxiety, depression, anxiety, fatigue, frustration, confusion, suspicion and powerlessness. Lockdown, isolation from friends and loved ones, loss of job and income – grief and loss on …

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Breathing exercises for fear or panic

The following are two well-known breathing exercises that anyone can practice without any spiritual baggage. If we consciously breathe deeply – on excursions into nature, we usually feel good because of that. Calm, deep abdominal breathing relieves stress and relaxes you. The breath exchange process in the lungs is also optimized. In the case of …

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