Are psychopaths capable of empathy?

When I was at university we had to write an essay in our final year that was on the topic of cognitive psychology and we had to find research that used cognitive methods in order to do so. I wanted to write an essay on psychopathy - I have always been interested in mental health, the … Continue reading Are psychopaths capable of empathy?

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Folie à Deux

Most people recognise 'Folie à Deux' as Fall Out Boy's fourth studio album.  However the album is named after a rare mental illness. Folie à Deux is french for "shared psychosis", and in this blog post I'm going to explore what this means, what it involves, and some cases of this strange phenomenon. Folie à Deux is … Continue reading Folie à Deux

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Most people, especially those who work within psychology, mental health and well-being, have heard of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of therapy that encourages the client to change the way they think about situations, and therefore change the way they behave in reaction to them. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a … Continue reading What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Do you know what it’s like to be sectioned… by the courts?

So, if you've read my previous post then you do know what it means to be sectioned. However, not everyone who has been sectioned has gone down the pathway of "innocence". I am the last person to put forward the notion that people with mental health problems are criminals, but, as I have mentioned, before … Continue reading Do you know what it’s like to be sectioned… by the courts?

Do you really know what it means to ‘be sectioned’?

You hear it on the news, on soaps, and in magazines. Another celebrity has been sectioned, or that criminal who committed that crime was sectioned when he was younger, or that character is being sectioned against their will because they're crazy... The term "sectioned" has been totally demonised by society and the media, when in actual fact for … Continue reading Do you really know what it means to ‘be sectioned’?