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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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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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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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Borderline disorder – parent’s guide

Borderline disorder – parent’s guide Feeling like giving up, for being hated one day and loved without limits the next, is what parents usually account about their children with borderline traits. For families dealing with a Borderline disorder – diagnosis, this feeling is all too familiar. The constant waves of intense feeling and acts can …

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Mentalisation

Mentalisation – Definition

Mentalisation – Definition Mentalisation – Definition = the ability to make sense of our own actions and communication, als well as those of others, in tems of intentions, wishes, desires and feelings. This ability is important in enabling us to regulate our emotions and impulses and in developing fulfilling, meaningful relationships. Mentalisation Base Therapy (MBT) is a psychotherapy to improve this ability. Who …

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Developmental trauma – definition

Developmental trauma disorder definition Developmental trauma disorder – definition = Consequence of serious traumatic stress in childhood through real sexual abuse or aggressive abuse that lead to strong psychological distress, including, among other things: Helplessness Powerlessness Hopelessness and the feeling of being overwhelmed by these affects Next to these trauma consequences, children’s fantasies add to …

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