Stress – friend or foe?

Those who know me will most likely know that my PhD research is focussed on studying a factor called stress. Something that we have probably all had a taste of. But when we talk about stress we are often referring to a psychological state and rarely are the physiological aspects of stress considered. Many people have heard of the fight or flight (and more recently considered, fright/freeze) response, and when provided with the classic saber tooth tiger analogy they can somewhat appreciate the possible benefits of stress. In that situation it is quite simply survival. But at what point does…

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How I survived confirmation

  Hello! For those of you who follow me – apologies for the lack of posts over these last few weeks. I’ve just returned from a month in beautiful Bali.It felt important at this point in my PhD to take some solid time out to recuperate a bit before launching into year two. I’ve returned feeling enthusiastic and excited – who knows how long that will last, but for now it is feeling fantastic to be home and back to work. The importance of taking time off for ourselves is so underrated and undervalued – but more on that in…

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A confession…

I have a confession to make. Earlier this year I really, really wanted to drop out.  There. I said it.

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How do you cope?

“How are you coping?” we might ask a friend. What do we really mean when we ask this? Do we want to know how they are doing, or do we really want to know how they are coping? Perhaps in a friendship, it is the former. But in my research, I am asking the question literally, that is, what things are you actually doing to cope with the situation you are facing? Coping is a bit of an ambiguous term, and it’s not always easy to know how it is being used.

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What IS Health Psychology?

The golden question! Friend, family member, stranger or academic in another department – when you tell someone you study Health Psychology, you’ll often be met with: *blank stare* “What’s that then?” “Wait, are you reading my mind?” “I better be careful what I say now…” “Do you help people with Schizophrenia?” Most of those are pretty well worn responses so they are easy to handle. And I completely understand people’s confusion. Truth be told, even I find it hard to tell people what Health Psychology is, and I’m studying it! After the initial “yes, actually I can read your mind,…

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