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Encountering Culture: Psychotherapy and Counseling Practice in India

Cultural psychology is an emerging field and many of those who come to study bring their individual concerns reflecting social realities (Sapru, 1998). Psychology helps the students to articulate these concerns and find ways to cope, which in turn contributes to wider social transformation.Read More...

INFIDELITY AND RELATIONSHIPS

A breach of trust can have severe implications. Infidelity is one of its forms and while it may be disapproved by society in general, it can be quite common. Read More...

Life's like that...

Children are encouraged to think independently, but are censured for making independent choices in life partners. Read more...

Suicide risk reduced after talk therapy, study suggests

Researchers from John Hopkins University tracked more than 5,000 Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling. They found suicides went down by 26% after five years, compared to people who had no therapy sessions. Read more...

How should we talk about mental health

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly. Read more..

It Is Not My Job to Make My Kids Happy

Being a parent is a really tough job. Many argue that it is the toughest job. Yet, speaking only for myself, I made parenthood far harder than it needed to be by taking on jobs that were not mine. My job is to love and care for my kids, to make them feel safe and teach them to navigate the world into which they will venture. My job is to teach my sons the set of values, rightly or wrongly, that their father and I hold dear. My job is to launch educated, good, responsible men. Read more...

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Therapy

Being a therapist can be an amazing profession full of challenges, heartaches, and celebration. We see you at your worst and see you at your best, but there is no better reward to see you succeed. Here are 10 aspects of the therapeutic relationship that are either unknowns or common misconceptions. Read more...

Making sense of suicide

Everyone has opinions on why people they have never met, and do not know, kill themselves. I hear people say things like “what a cowardly thing to do,” or “he was weak”. The words are redolent of casual judgment, perhaps born out of familiarity and even fear: the thoughts that lead some people to die aren’t unknown to most of us. Read more....

Rwitoja Mukherjee: 'Tele-lending' Crucial Comfort to the Distressed

Rwitoja Mukherjee’s job profile revolves around her ability to lend an ear to those in need of help. Working as a telephone counsellor with Parivarthan Counselling helpline, the 54-year-old really is an unseen face, who uses her training to help callers find the confidence to look for answers within themselves. Read more...

Demystifying exam anxiety

Most students feel anxious about upcoming exams. They loose confidence, feel incapable, get headaches, feel isolated, and scared of what it holds for them. Several worries weigh them down. It would be useful to demystify exam-related anxiety; break it down into its components so that students understand what they are going through, and tackle it head-on. Read more...

A Client's Therapeutic Journey from the Inside

A Client's Therapeutic Journey from the Inside from an interview by Maullika Sharma with the author, Amandeep Sandhu (Sepia Leaves and Roll of Honour) Read more...

Who owns your children?

... I do believe that it is only when we relinquish ownership of our children, can we truly begin to help them in their journey towards mature independence, for otherwise we may, inadvertently come in the way of their recognising themselves as distinctive individuals. . Read more...

A Rape Victim's Journey

Why do men rape? I would ask myself this whenever I read about or saw news channels covering instances of rape. After a few minutes of pondering, I would forget about it until the next time I read or saw something. Read more...

Spare a thought. spare the rod

There are several psychological and emotional fallouts from resorting to physical violence to instill discipline. Read more...

Is Depression Inherited?

SOME of my happiest moments have been spent as a mother. I say this despite being a constitutionally unhappy person who has fought all her life against an encroaching darkness — and not always successfully. Read more...

Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

What is the most burdensome disease in the world today? According to the World Health Organization, the disease that robs the most adults of the most years of productive life is not AIDS, not heart disease, not cancer. It is depression. Read more...

Battle of the Sexes

A large number of women are now financially independent and see no need to maintain joint financial accounts with their partners. How wise is this, wonders Maullika Sharma. Read more...

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Dig for gold, not for dirt

By Maullika Sharma
http://personalorbitchange.blogspot.com/

I recently attended a workshop where one of the things the trainer said in passing was that we must remember to “dig for gold, not for dirt.” The thought resonated through me and brought back a rush of memories of instances when this value had not been upheld, leading to disastrous consequences.

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