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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About HealthPsychTam

Hello! And welcome to HealthPsychTam, my little corner of the web. I’ve been contemplating and planning this blog for quite a while. I enjoy writing, about pretty much anything, but when it comes to HealthPsychTam I’ve always had the same excuse, there just isn’t enough time. But I know it’s important to make time for the things we enjoy, so this little blog is born! One thing I have realised throughout the last few years of academia, is that I love to write, however it is incredibly easy to get caught up in and focus purely on what I should…

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