Last week, I outlined how cognitive-behavioural theory (CBT) explains aggression, particularly in the context of intimate relationships. In today’s blog, I’ll discuss how CBT can be used with victims of relationship abuse. Thoughts and Behaviours in Victims of Partner Abuse Over the course of an abusive relationship a perpetrator will use both physical and non-physical forms of abuse to blame and control their victim
I had planned on writing about the Social Model of addictions – how our socialization and learning contributes to the development of addictions. However, just this past week our newspapers here in Canada announced that Brian Mulroney (a former Canadian Prime Minister) had developed Type-2 diabetes. In reading about this story, I immediately began to think about how the onset of Type-2 diabetes exemplifies the d
In my last blog, I touched upon the topic of addictions. My goal over the next few blog entries will be to describe some of the different theories used for understanding how addictions develop in the first place. The word that I believe best captures these multiple theories is known as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. It represents an integrative approach to both understanding and treating addiction. In toda
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, my first of many! My goal and intent behind the blogs at “Knowledge for Growth” are to do exactly what the name suggests: To provide readers with little bits of knowledge that can help in personal growth. I’ve spent about …. let’s just say many, many years… in university and have been working as a psychotherapist for at least nine of th
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