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Gregg Henriques Ph.D.
In this final entry, we tackle some of the deeper issues of identity and shadow work and outline principles for a mindful philosophy of living that can foster growth-to-goodness.
Negative thinking often drives depressed mood. Folks need to learn to "catch" their negative thoughts, "check" them, and "change" them.
A recent analysis of the past 50 years shows increases in perceived gender differences. The social construction of gender roles cannot explain this, but the Influence Matrix can.
Relationships are key to understanding depression. This blog reviews four kinds of relational problems and offers some guides for improving relational patterns.
The Emotional Sweet Spot model describes how to relate to your feelings in a healthy way.
Many people think about depression as a kind disease. Is this wise?
In this entry, we explore constructing a healthy and "anti-depressant" lifestyle, using the book, "The Depression Cure," as a guide.
In this installment of the series, we cover one of the most central principles of reversing depressive cycles, that of behavioral activation.
In this next installment in the series, we take the first step toward action and engage in values clarification.
In Part VII of our depression blog series, we shift the focus to understanding and assessing your psychological well-being.
In Part VI of our depression blog series, we identify neurotic loops and explain why negative reactions to negative feelings play a key role in many depressive disorders.
Part V in this blog series on what to do if you are depressed explores and sorts out the kinds of causes that contribute to behavioral shutdown.
Increasing your awareness by focusing on symptoms and traits and learning key terms.
Part III of a blog series on understanding depression. This describes two key paradoxes of depression, that of shutdown and of effort, that can be helpful to understand.
Part II in a blog series offering a self-help guide for depression. Today's focus is on the concept of acceptance.
This is Part I of a multi-part series designed to guide folks who are feeling depressed.
We need a new definition for Mind. It is the set of mental behaviors.
Jordan Peterson offers a strong critique of the principle of equal outcomes.
The Tree of Knowledge Language System allows us to make sense of the universe via a first person, subjective view, and via a third person behavioral science view.
Guiding readers through a series of insights designed to help them adaptively relate to negative feelings.
We are currently living in an Age of Confusion. However, it does not have to be this way, and we are looking to bring in an Age of Clarity.
Modern academic psychology is committed to empiricism. The Tree of Knowledge System argues we need to get clear about the concept of the mental for the science to fully mature.
This concluding blog in a four part series outlining a new model of psychopathology shows how the "True Self" provides the framework for channeling flow toward the good.
How a new theory of mental health and disorder—known as the Anatomy of Emotional Warfare—lines up with the unified theory.
This second of a four-part series describes how much mental disorder patterns can be characterized as "emotional warfare" stemming from the "false self."
The first of a four-part series that describes a remarkable new theory of mental health and disorder.
In addition to toxic masculinity, we need to turn to the other side of the equation and consider toxic sensitivity.
Quantum mechanics describes the behavior of particles at the most fundamental level. This blog explains what that might mean for us has human beings.
How do you explain human behavior? The unified approach claims three processes are key: investment, influence, and justification.
Over the past seven years, almost 300 blogs have been shared on Theory of Knowledge. Here are the ten most popular.
Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at James Madison University.