Assertiveness: The Goldilocks of Communication

Assertiveness is the quality of expressing your views, opinions or feelings, in a calm and clear manner, without becoming either verbally aggressive or too passive. It’s a fine balance to strike, and we don’t always get it right.  Let’s have a look into the 3 most common styles of communication that people generally use. I’m [...]

Mindfulness and Mental Well-Being: Part 2

Mindfulness has been incorporated into several psychological interventions, either as a sole or core component of the intervention. A body of research has examined the effects of mindfulness on psychological health and has suggested that mindfulness training is associated with positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being and positive emotional states, reduced stress, improved regulation [...]

Mindfulness and Mental Well-Being- Part 1

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness has been defined as the awareness that arises through “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, p. 4). Other similar descriptions of mindfulness have emphasised “the non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise” (Baer, 2003, [...]

Are You Depressed?

Having clinical depression is more than feeling temporarily unhappy with how things have been going on for you. If you want to know whether you are clinically depressed, this is the diagnostic criteria. It should include at least 5 of the following 9 symptoms present nearly every day (DSM-5, APA, 2013*): Depressed or irritable mood [...]