Compulsion to Repeat

OUR COMPULSION TO REPEAT “We each create a subjective world for ourselves and discover what works for us. In times of stress, worry, anger, or another emotional high, we repeat what is familiar and what feels safe. This creates a rumination of thoughts as well as negative patterns in reactions and behaviors.” https://psychcentral.com/blog/repetition-compulsion-why-do-we-repeat-the-past#1 So, the interesting thing in our path through life is our use of past practices and strategies to address present issues or concerns in life. That seems reasonable when those strategies end in good and solid solutions to issues encountered. Unfortunately; we can also repeat…

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Reacting or Responding

Balancing the Primary Human Drives. Dual Process Theories Definition ‘Dual process theories are a group of theories in social, personality, and cognitive psychology that describe how people think about information when they make judgments or solve problems. These theories are called dual process because they distinguish two basic ways of thinking about information: a relatively fast, superficial, spontaneous mode based on intuitive associations, and a more in-depth, effortful, step-by-step mode based on systematic reasoning. Dual process theories have been applied in many areas of psychology, including persuasion, stereotyping, person perception, memory, and negotiation. In general, these theories assume…

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Strengths and Weakness: Capacity Building

At Umbrella Connections we consider all supports as having some part that is Capacity Building. So what do we mean by that? I knew a Scottish fellow that attempted to bowl a cricket ball, the ball was lucky if it landed on the pitch and often quite a stretch for a batsman to hit it. Obviously, this person’s skills were not in this area. It did not mean the person was identified as hopeless or disabled. Underpinning ever human being are skills and abilities, unfortunately our society has a tendency to focus on what we can’t do; what mistakes we…

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Psycho-Social Recovery

The beginnings of Psycho-Social Recovery began in the early 1990 when evidence showed that having a mental health diagnosis and being contained in a hospital environment was not as successful as allowing people to live in their own communities as soon as possible. This was termed de-institutionalisation and made a lot of sense both clinically and financially*. With advances in medications and community-based supports; being at home, where someone can stay connected with-in their own social networks, reduced the incidents of people becoming unwell and possibly ‘Institutionalised’. “The recovery model is a form of social model of…

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Sense of Self

“A lot of people say there is no happiness in life and certainly there is no permanent happiness. But self-sufficiency creates happiness” BOB DYLAN Source: QuoteNova At Umbrella Connections Pty Ltd we consider that, like a snowflake, we are all different, possessing different strengths, fragilities and patterns of behaviour, thoughts and especially feelings. Understanding ourselves, through understanding our responses (feelings, thoughts and actions) in respect to the environment in which we live and our own history provides us with a sense of self that is core to us ‘being’ in this world. By reflecting upon and understanding…

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