“He’s such a narcissist” – a phrase you’ve most probably heard someone you know say. It is interesting to me how the narcissistic personality has come to symbolise what’s wrong with the modern world. The term has been thrown about a lot more since social media has taken over and it was possibly at its zenith just after Trump was elected. Hot on the lips of so many, but do we really know what it means and how it’s a problem?Read More
Social media is as ubiquitous as it is new. In the last decade we have seen social media go from something “the kids use” to a standard modern communication device used by everyone, young and old. And now due to its use as a marketing tool for brands, it’s almost impossible to avoid.
Although there are still the rare peeps who refuse to partake, let’s assume that most of you reading this are on some form of social media. You and I both know how much time we spend on social media and its waaaay more than we’d like to admit to ourselves. But what is the effect of using social media regularly? Are our lives better, more connected?
I’ve written before about the powerful ‘like’ button and how it is normal to crave recognition and validation from our social networks. When it is used constructively, social media can be a way of sharing with people from all over the world. There are also a lot of really positive messages floating around the interweb with informal support groups cropping up all the time linking people with common ailments or struggles. I see a lot of you giving each other support and digital high fives out there.
But there is another side to social media that isn’t so happy-clappy. A lot of us areRead More
Hello from Berlin!
I am spending three weeks here seeing clients who I usually see on Skype. One of the greatest joys of moving back to South Africa was being able to continue sessions online with those who did not want to end therapy due to me moving away. There are ways in which I believe technology interferes with connection (e.g. the overuse of mobile phones) but I am grateful for the use of Skype, which has facilitated the continuation of my work as I have moved continents.
While I am here I have beenRead More
People often ask me what area of psychology I specialise in. In South Africa we get a general training and are not required to specialise. Any specialisation is really just a personal affinity to one or more subjects and a desire to further one’s learning in that field. Attachment Theory always stood out for me during my training as it is well-researched and there is conclusive evidence to back it up. I also like the idea of making an impact on early development because it is rare as a psychologist to find preventative interventions.
To this end, after gaining my professional qualificationRead More