Samuel Waumsley
Clinical psychologist, Cape Town

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Sweet 16, 21st and 30th birthdays - how you celebrated yours

Friends celebrating. . Credit: iStock There are those milestone birthdays we've all, whether via family, friends or our immediate culture, been taught to celebrate. Think 16th, 21st, 30th and 40th. All big ones, right?

-On birthdays and contemplations on our phase of life, an article I contributed towards.

16 - 24 year olds are the loneliest age group - here's why and where to get help

A lonely woman. Credit: iStock And it's not because of social media. A new study from the BBC, called the Loneliness Experiment, has found that young people are often lonelier than their older counterparts.

-Loneliness in adolescents and young people, some thoughts I contributed to a News24 article.

'I went on a date with a man I'm not attracted to' - here's why you should consider dating outside your comfort zone this festive season

He was scruffy. A short and burly, tattooed guy who says "kiff" instead of "cool". We met online. We had great 'chat chemistry'. But the swipe on him was accidental. Oops! As superficial as it may sound (and online dating is all about the superficial, trust me), he wasn't the kind of guy I normally go for.

-On dating and attraction, a News24 article I contributed to.

You think you need sex, but could you just be suffering from skin hunger?

Girlfriends hug each other. Credit: iStock Sometimes all you really need is to be touched, but not necessarily where you think. It's already warm enough to hit the beach or pool in South Africa and that means sunshine, cocktails, days by the pool and, for many of us, summer romances.

-On companionship and intimacy, what to consider, an article I contributed to.

Depression of fathers and their daughters linked, survey finds

Study of 3,176 UK families finds raised risk of 18-year-olds with depression if their fathers had similar feelings after their birth

An article reminding us that babies' take in and cognitively process all they hear and experience around them, they know how mum and dad are doing, who's safer, babies are very clever, and the first 1000 days of life does play a role in setting up hard-wired automatic psychological responses, seen later in personality. 

The First 1000 Days

From healthy relationships later in life to developing language skills and economic productivity in the adult years - research shows that the first 1000 days of a baby's life are crucial for their overall wellbeing.

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Ignore or Punish Toddler Tantrums

Popular parenting wisdom advises dealing with toddler tantrums in one of two ways. Ignore the 'attention seeking behaviour' and reward the toddler when they are good, or discipline the toddler by punishing them through exclusion. The naughty step and time out are commonplace in millions of homes around the world.

Poorest and brightest girls more likely to be depressed - UK study

Brighter girls and girls from poorer families are more likely to be depressed by the time they enter adolescence, according to a study triggering fresh concern about soaring rates of teenage mental illness. The government-funded research identified the two groups as being most at risk of displaying high symptoms of depression at the age of 14.

A lovely article that reminds us: "don't force me to adapt to others' whims and advice all the time; I am in charge of my own destiny". An important message is this over-stimulated self-help era, it may be better to find your inner voice and reason with it.

Please stop telling me to leave my comfort zone

Our comfort zones are there to protect us, even if productivity specialists say otherwise

A proof for meditation with some qualifications, this article describes the utility and mechanisms of meditation. By actively grappling mindfully and with calmness and assertiveness in our thoughts worrying or disruptive thoughts and emotions can be put in their place sometimes by meditation. Psychotherapy with a therapist is a similar two-person process in some ways.

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

Over the past decade, mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy aging. Yet, little is known about the brain changes that produce these beneficial health effects.

The Science Behind What Tinder Is Doing to Your Brain

Dating apps and websites have made it easier than ever to meet someone new. One study found that about one-third of marriages now begin online. About 72 percent of college students use Tinder, and 80 percent of Tinder users are millennials. It's worth looking at the social and personal consequences of meeting people through our screens.

Relational Psychotherapy

Relational psychotherapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences, attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

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Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process

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Implicit relational knowing: Its role in development and psychoanalytic treatment


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