Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality

Living with cancer: a new reality Living with cancer Ruth Shidlo, PhD Improved awareness in both the general public and the medical profession, as well as constant advances in diagnosis and treatment, are making it possible for more and more people to survive  cancer (an umbrella term for many diseases) and live longer. After the […]

Social anxiety

Social anxiety

Social anxiety Social anxiety (formerly called “social phobia”) Ruth Shidlo, PhD Social anxiety is not the same as shyness.  It is characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations (e.g., school, work). For example, the person may fear and avoid public speaking, or go through it yet experience it as a taxing […]

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)?

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)? Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ruth Shidlo, PhD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a result of prolonged stress. The stressors to which the person is exposed are repetitive and prolonged, may occur at critical periods in development (when the person is most vulnerable), and will […]

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY

LOVING SOMEONE GAY Ruth Shidlo, PhD What is homosexuality? Increasingly, over the past ten to twenty years, we see a greater tolerance for gay men and lesbian women in many countries, including Israel. Homosexuality, or an attraction to a person of the same sex, may or may not involve actual sexual behavior, since the behavioral […]

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process

Homosexuality and the “coming out” process Ruth Shidlo, PhD In recent years, many gains have been made in over 70 countries around the globe, with respect to sexual orientation rights, which are increasingly safeguarded under regulations, laws, and constitutions. There is a global tendency towards the decriminalization of consensual same-sex acts, and “rainbow families” are increasingly […]

A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep Ruth Shidlo, PhD Sleep plays an important role in our lives and affects our health. It is necessary for one’s well-being, both physical and mental.  Among other things, sleep disorders may lead to sleepiness, fatigue, attention and concentration difficulties, low frustration tolerance, irritability, and impaired functioning. Sleep allows our bodies […]

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE Ruth Shidlo, PhD This article is an introduction into the LGBT world, and from time to time, will be followed by discussions of specific issues. Statistics In a 2017 Gallup poll, 4.5% of the American population identified as LGBT.  A report published by the OECD in […]

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) For veterans, first responders, family members and everyone else—what is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? If you have felt threatened, whether when involved in military combat, apprehending potential terrorists, responding to an event as a first responder (e.g., paramedic, fireman, policeman) or upon witnessing such events as a civilian, your […]

Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us?

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Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us? HOW IS THE human condition under the pandemic corona times we are all facing, different from the usual predicament of humanity, which requires our going about our lives, while knowing, somewhere in the depths of our subconscious, that death may be just around the corner? Surely, the […]

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

Ruth Shidlo, PhD. IT HAS BEEN suggested that one of the so-called structures of our personality can be envisioned as a narcissistic envelope—like our skin, this narcissistic envelope differentiates between us and the outside world, protecting us from foreign influences (Solan, 2015) .  Through-out development, we are attracted to that which is similar to us […]