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Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder: Where did it go?

For many years, professional psychologists and lay people have used the term “passive-aggressive” to describe people, such as bosses, co-workers, and perhaps friends who demonstrate behaviors of tacit aggression. The concept has repeatedly showed up in the academic literature and in pop psychology magazines for decades. That said, however, how does someone identify truly passive-aggressive […]

Treatment Options for Those who Struggle with Insomnia

Insomnia is more than just not sleeping well. It remains a mental health disorder that is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, and it is also a problem that many Americans suffer from. In order to meet the criteria for insomnia, Haynes, et al. (2011), describes: “Insomnia complaints must last [at least] […]

Mental Health Disorders: Stigma and Social Construction

For a long time, a social stigma persisted about a person’s mental health. Those who suffered from then-undiagnosed disorders such as depression, autism, ADHA, and bipolar disorder would surely face discrimination or worse . . . perhaps forced institutionalization or social marginalization. The tide, however, began to turn in the late 19th and early 20th […]

Highlighting the Positive: A Tour though “Positive Psychology”

From its inception, the field of psychology and almost all of its practitioners have focused on mental pathologies—that is, an individual’s psychological problems. For decades, many psychologists have believed that the point of psychology should be to focus on a person’s—to use the parlance of Freud—“neurosis,” in other words, to focus on one’s “mental problems.” […]