Tagged with Veronica Walsh

Neuroscience disrupts philosophy: To understand the mind we must understand the brain

Neuroscience disrupts philosophy: To understand the mind we must understand the brain

As I wait patiently for the decades old impractical psychology models to be truly disrupted by neurobiology, I thought I would introduce you to the ideas of Patricia Churchland – the renowned award winning professor of philosophy, author and intellectual thinker-inflencer, and originator of ‘neurophilosophy’ – who has disrupted classic philosophy with her ‘heretical’ view that the mind … Continue reading

‘People are not their behaviors…’ a CBT worksheet

‘People are not their behaviors…’ a CBT worksheet

A quick and powerful Cognitive Behavioural Training theory and application worksheet for great well being. “People are not their behaviors, their behaviors are just something they do sometimes.” Do you often get angry at people? This lesson will help you to build awareness of how you are explaining people’s behavior to yourself, and to consider whether you … Continue reading

A CBT look at the language of ‘battling demons’…

A CBT look at the language of ‘battling demons’…

What is your self talk? Is it overly dramatic and causing you over upsetness? Modern psychotherapy does not believe that anxiety and depression are ‘just chemical’ – and it recommends learning how to develop awareness and management of your ‘attributional style’ – (how you explain the world to yourself through your thinking, either positively or … Continue reading

HR iNfoPost: Why happiness in the workplace matters …

HR iNfoPost: Why happiness in the workplace matters …

  The UN compose and issue a ‘world happiness index’ every year, and the UK measure ‘national happiness’ for economic indicators and strategies, while other countries and international organisations, from China to the OECD, are piloting their own well being measurement systems. Why? The old ways of measuring a country’s ‘health’ by GDP are outdated. … Continue reading

Cognitive behavioural training improves employee well-being in all measurements:

Cognitive behavioural training improves employee well-being in all measurements:

ELSEVIER – PEER REVIEWED SCIENCE RESEARCH PAPER: “Cognitive-behavioural training to change attributional style improves employee well-being, job satisfaction, productivity, and turnover” ‘Attributional style’, also known as explanatory style, is a psychological term for how we explain the world to ourselves, our ‘mindset’. This post contains an introduction and a PDF download link to the acclaimed UK and Australian academic study … Continue reading

New: Berkeley study on how stress changes the brain…

New: Berkeley study on how stress changes the brain…

The following new study from Berkeley is really interesting: Title: How chronic stress predisposes brain to mental disorders URL: ScienceDaily Summary: Biologists have shown in rats that chronic stress makes stem cells in the brain produce more myelin-producing cells and fewer neurons, possibly affecting the speed of connections between cells as well as memory and … Continue reading

An easy start in the basics of Mindfulness

An easy start in the basics of Mindfulness

Everybody is talking about Mindfulness these days. Some imagine that it’s a hippy dippy meditation technique, others that it’s a more complex philosophy for living. Actually, for me maybe it’s both of those, and neither of those. Mindfulness is a simple theory with many many applications. Why do I include it here on my CBT … Continue reading

Newsletters collection: Cognitive Behavioural Training and Mind Map Training Dublin Ireland

Newsletters collection: Cognitive Behavioural Training and Mind Map Training Dublin Ireland

Scroll below… and simply click on the images to open a new window for any of the following hi-res zoomable newsletters for corporate training, workshops, and private sessions. Some are old, some are new. Note: bespoke seminars and training can be put together for any psychological ‘brain training’ needs, call to discuss…   _____________________________________ Workplace neuro-training: cognitive … Continue reading

CBT and Feeling Good Dublin Ireland – Handout/excercise – A Thought/Fight or Flight guide…

CBT and Feeling Good Dublin Ireland – Handout/excercise – A Thought/Fight or Flight guide…

CBTandFeelingGood.com – CBT Handout/excercise – A Thought/Fight or Flight guide… FIGHT OR FLIGHT – So.. we now know your body joins in on the fun when you’re anxious and ‘seeing’ dangers and hazards everywhere … Exercise: use the following guide to journal and catch when situations and irrational thinking cause upsettness (emotional & physical), all … Continue reading

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Dublin, Ireland) – The Revolution in Psychotherapy – “thinking about thinking…”

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Dublin, Ireland) – The Revolution in Psychotherapy – “thinking about thinking…”

Many of today’s mental health experts are recommending Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a first choice treatment for pretty much all emotional disorders – stress, depression, anxiety, anger management etc.– rather than medication, or spending years undergoing the old style Freudian ‘shrink’  psychiatry. This blog is a free resource to help you to understand and … Continue reading

The ABC of CBT – the starter exercise/handout to catch your negative automatic thoughts…

The ABC of CBT – the starter exercise/handout to catch your negative automatic thoughts…

Introducing the ‘ABC’ Technique of cognitive behavioral therapy If we can’t ‘catch’ our negative automatic thoughts, then we can’t examine and challenge them. CBT gives you homework and exercises designed to guide and mentor you in the process of identifying unhealthy distorted thinking, and changing it to healthy rational thinking instead. This post is a … Continue reading

The perils of MUSTERBATION (‘demand thinking’)

The perils of MUSTERBATION (‘demand thinking’)

Do you suffer from musterbation? Is it always ‘must‘ and ‘should‘ and ‘ought‘ with you? This is a phrase coined by the renowned father of CBT, Albert Ellis. Musty thinking is a classic recipe for general anxiety and unhappiness. In psychotherapy it is also known as inflexible ‘DEMAND THINKING’, and ‘RULES FOR LIVING’. Let’s take … Continue reading

A MindMap of a CBT Workshop (Northside Partnership Local Unemployment Services, Dublin, Ireland)

A MindMap of a CBT Workshop (Northside Partnership Local Unemployment Services, Dublin, Ireland)

As a freelance trainer, I teach a workshop called ‘Making Choices’ for the unemployed. The flexible modules include theory and application of the latest proven methods and strategies for great psychological health (more specifically the self help components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and an introduction to MindMapping, a wholebrain colour and imagery mapping skill for … Continue reading

The Vicious Circle of Negative Automatic Thinking

The Vicious Circle of Negative Automatic Thinking

When we are stressed and anxious, our Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs) assault us involuntarily… the thoughts go round and round… they become more and more unhelpful and destructive – they cause us to ‘feel’ distressing emotions – this prevents us from doing things we wish we could/would – and of course procrastinating gives us even … Continue reading