Author: Mona Hansen

The Psychology of Happiness

How happy do you think you are? Can you be sure you know?  It sounds unlikely that you wouldn’t know something so basic about yourself but consider a study conducted at the University of Mannheim in Germany in the 1980s. Psychologist Fritz Strack and his colleagues asked university students the following two questions: “How happy…
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The Ostrich effect

Have you ever delayed opening a letter with important information – fearing what it might tell you? How many will remember hesitating before opening a letter with their school exam results, or a letter from your bank, or perhaps whenever the gas bill comes? Psychologists have identified a phenomenon called the “ostrich effect” whereby people prefer…
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Pandemic lockdown and the impact on individuals with eating disorders

I am finding that the pandemic lockdown – which provides challenges for most of us – creates particular difficulties for those with eating disorders. There are different ways in which this can happen, some depending on the nature of their disorder. Given the established link between stress and eating disorders the increased stress that lockdown living will create…
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COVID-19 update & booking remote therapy sessions

The advice to stay at home during the Coronavirius pandemic presents an obvious challenge to those in need of therapy. However in common with many other therapists I offer online sessions for all the issues I treat via skype. I can understand that some people may have reservations about participating in online therapy but there…
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