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Three Different Accounts of Anxiety

There are many different accounts for what causes anxiety. This post provides accounts for three distinct kinds of anxiety: realistic / objective anxiety; moral anxiety; and neurotic anxiety. The subjective experience of anxiety that we sometimes feel – nervousness, worrying, physical signs such as sweating, shaking, speaking quickly or stuttering – can come from several […]

What is the Difference between Loneliness and Solitude? An Account by Winnicott

One way of thinking about the difference between loneliness and solitude is to think of loneliness as an experience of being without a positive definite self and the experience of solitude as an experience of being with a positive definite self. The notion of “capacity to be alone” is a phrase coined by Winnicott, a […]

Narcissistic Personality

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. For more on personality in general, see the first post in this category entitled “Personality 101” People with narcissistic personalities are concerned with protecting their self esteem and they do so by seeking recognition and […]

Personality 101

“Personality” refers to how a person functions in life, including all the ways he or she perceives things and behaves. We all have a personality and our personality is something we feel is intrinsic and essential to who we are; it is one of the things we are most reluctant to change. Later in this […]

How Do People Form Attachments? An Account by Bowlby

Freud found that people were motivated by two basic needs: hunger and libido (i.e. desires / aggression). Bowlby added a third basic need to this list: the need to attach to others. Bowlby based this discovery on his research and on evidence from the fields of biology and the study of animals. One of Freud’s […]