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Is there a solution to phobias?

There is a wealth of information out there about phobias and what to do about them. You can review a list of all phobias and chances are you will find that one or two of them may apply to you. If you are a women chances are you have Arachnophobia, fear of spiders. Don’t …

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Why should you learn how to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines the two psychological approaches that dominated the 20th century. The first half of the century saw the prevalence of Behaviourism, an approach that explains human behaviour in terms of the influence of the environment on the individual. It proposes that all behaviour is learnt and depends on previous experience. …

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The mechanisms of observational learning explained

The notion of learning through observation dates back to the later Middle Ages when master craftsmen employed apprentices to train in their trade. However, it is not until the 1970s when Albert Bandura, an American psychologist, developed a theory of how we learn to perform a behaviour through observation, what is known …

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When fears become phobias

Most of us fear an object of a situation. For example, I fear tools such as drills and blenders because the noise they make reminds me of an accident I had a few years back with a food processor. It also scares me when large crowds gather for events such as …

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The many sides of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

How can you tell whether you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? The straight answer is that if your life is governed by obsessions and/or compulsions that are having a debilitating effect on your ability to function on a daily basis then you might have OCD. While the actual content of …

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Everything you need to know about depression

Depression has been defined as ‘the plague of the 21st century’. This is more than a catchy phrase chosen to convey how spread this mental disorder is and the fact that is spares no one. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression affects about 350 million people around the world. However, this figure …

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