Month: August 2013

August 30, 2013 Jason No comments exist

This is a word cloud generated for this blog. For some reason it couldn’t fit in one key word: “psychology.” That’s just as well. Psychology underpins the entire blog so there’s no point in stressing the point. I’m glad the other ideas I care about have been prominently communicated: Positive; Hypnotherapy; Rumination; Mindfulness and even…

August 29, 2013 Jason No comments exist

I have been reading Search Inside Yourself, which is no surprise since I wrote about its author Chade-Meng Tan last Sunday. In the book, he advocates mindfulness through meditation and other techniques, and self-awareness as its reward. Among the techniques he recommends is envisioning: we are asked to speak about the life we will lead…

August 25, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Mindfulness is what we achieve when we become able to identify both our emotional shape of the moment and the traits we use to run our lives. It’s this ability that helps us stay focused, react after thinking (not before), know where pain and joy or any other feeling hover in our bodies, and reduce…

August 17, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Traveling on a Sunday (today) to get to a meeting early tomorrow morning. The next time I weigh in here again might be next Friday. Meanwhile, here are some interesting insights that an auto-analytic tool, called Track Your Happiness, threw up. Apparently, I don’t suffer Monday blues, which reinforces the view that those feelings are…

August 15, 2013 Jason No comments exist

I have been thinking a lot about roles. Not mine, but the question of why some of us become so anxious about the roles we play in life. For starters, let’s assume we can agree that each of us plays multiple roles to co-exist. These can include gender roles; our order in the family; our…

August 12, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Yes, even hypno-trainees get mellow. Sometimes. That’s counting trainees such as I who haven’t begun the formal clinical hours (but soon!). Hours of hypnotherapy helping people quit smoking, lose weight, sleep better and cure insomnia. All the positive stuff that qualifies us as bleeding hearts. Yet there is the casual therapy, minus the hypno, which…

August 11, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Professor Kathy Sykes, a physicist, found some compelling evidence that hypnosis works to reduce pain and physical suffering. Still she couldn’t dispel all her skepticism. What do you think of hypnosis? Take a poll.

August 7, 2013 Jason No comments exist

The next four days are sunshine and happiness galore! There’s no office commute (or the office) for me from August 8 through 11. Thursday, August 8, is Hari Raya Adilfitri, a public holiday in multicultural Singapore honoring the end of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The very next day, August 9, will be Singapore’s…

August 6, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Ruminating, or brooding, is when we focus endlessly on our distress and the possible causes. These are the moments after bad things happen and we ask “Why me? Why did it happen? What does it mean? Who else was affected? When will this end?” Apparently, overthinkers tend to be pessimistic, and more of them tend…