Understimulation and humanity

Understimulation and humanity

by Debbie Quackenbush, Ph.D. Several years ago, I started noticing that zoo animals had seemingly random objects in their enclosures.  I recall asking a zoo employee about them and was informed that even animals get bored and have ill effects from under stimulation.  Putting toys and novel objects in their cages was a way to prevent them from becoming depressed.  Of course, it makes perfect sense, on reflection, that an animal in ten square meters of space would become bored…

Jungian Psychotherapy – a few words
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Jungian Psychotherapy – a few words

by Veronika Leonova, M.A. What is Jungian Psychotherapy? Jungian psychotherapy is based on the works of a Swiss psychiatrist, C. G. Jung. It is a form of depth psychotherapy that is distinguished by a focus on the symbolic experiences in one’s life. The issues and problems a client comes with are examined both in terms of their own life story and from the archetypal perspective. Archetypes – one of the particular insight of C.G. Jung – are overarching themes, motives…

I’m in isolation.  Now what?

I’m in isolation. Now what?

A former Little White House intern writes about his experience in isolation due to COVID exposure by Eivind Hamarheim Johnsen By the first 2-3 weeks of March this year, the sars-CoV-2 virus (coronavirus) developed into a pandemic and caused the majority of countries worldwide to a lockdown. The societal effects of the lockdown were enormous and will most likely affect the world economy long-term additionally to short-term, as already widely known.[1] The pandemic outbreak has additionally exposed and exacerbated weaknesses…

Procrastination

Procrastination

by Heidrun Hoppe When I was a young Psychology student there was one new word I got to learn before many others. Procrastination. I remember sitting in one of those first lectures, along with a bunch of newly enrolled young students, eyes sparkling with motivation, while my statistics professor introduced us to a phenomenon we would soon experience ourselves. Only few mental health issues are downplayed as much as procrastination, which might be an explanation for why it is so…

Eat, pray, love

Eat, pray, love

by Alex Shrimpton You are what you eat and what you eat matters! We hear that all the time but what effect our eating choices have on our mental health can be somewhat misleading as it is difficult to consider a universally healthy diet taking into account cultural factors, historical trends and a wide variety of research and different beliefs on the matter. Several systematic reviews have shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and…

Why We Should All Go to the Park More Often

Why We Should All Go to the Park More Often

By Heidi Hoppe, Little White House intern When was the last time you have been at the zoo? Do you remember, how it was divided into different climate zones, equivalent to the different parts of the world the animals would naturally inhabit? You would have the lions, giraffes and elephants running around in huge enclosures that are supposed to imitate the African Savannah – with big rocks, sandy grounds and native plants. The penguins and polar bears would have settled…

Losing the grip on who we are as we move abroad

Losing the grip on who we are as we move abroad

By Claudia Carrara, Ph.D., M.Sc. Psychologist Your friends, your sport club, your favorite restaurant, your family, your home. As we move to a new country, we leave behind many of the core elements that shape our identity. And the shift is rarely painless. In 1995, I moved from Italy to Denmark: I was 26 years old, had both professional and academic accomplishments on my back, and my plan was to move my life in the new country. With hindsight, my…

The Little White House Masters level Psychology Internship

Internship positions are open every semester at The Little White House.  In conjunction, we run a ‘student clinic’ that provides low cost therapy to individuals in the community.  Find more information here. We typically select two students per semester after application and interview. The internship is for people proficient in English, and consists of total immersion in an international private practice setting including having 2-3 therapy clients, participating in individual and group supervision, and staff meetings. Interns will also have signifant…

Divorce and breakups

When individuals meet and fall in love, most people do not imagine that they will ever break up.  Yet, statistics show that fifty percent of first marriages eventually end in divorce.  Divorce is typically an extremely stressful and painful time for families and may require the help of a professional to get through. I have many years of experience working with families going through a divorce transition, in the US.  I conducted numerous custody evaluations, and have had psychotherapy with…

An epidemic of Burnout recognized by the World Health Organization

An epidemic of Burnout recognized by the World Health Organization

The following post was inspired by this article. Archaeologists have found evidence of farming that dates as far back as 9500 BCE.  Since that time,  humans have been toiling and to ensure that they could feed themselves and care for their families.  The Industrial Revolution saw a shift whereby workers largely moved from agriculture jobs located in the country and in villages to manufacturing jobs located in the city.  The ability to measure time, according to some historians, led to…

Mindfulness in Frederiksberg

Mindfulness in Frederiksberg

Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are concepts that have been well integrated into our modern day psychology vocabulary.  Blame the Buddhists or blame Marsha Lenihan, but mindfulness is here to stay at it seems to be a modern-day cure all– an elixer for all of your emotional woes.  In my experience however, some of the people who need these techniques have the most difficulty utilizing them.   For the most agitated of people, it can feel like utter hell to sit still…

On the perils of rumination

On the perils of rumination

Since ancient Greece have humans valued our ability to manipulate concepts in our mind.  Numerous courses exist these days that teach people how to think logically and ethically.  However, thinking is not always a helpful endeavor.  Sometimes it can even lead to pain and suffering.  Excessive thinking about a worrisome topic can create anger and depression.  This kind of thinking has been labelled ‘rumination’ by psychologists.  Many people who ruminate do so obsessively with the hope that the thinking will…

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