Psychologist in Budapest Counselling and Therapy in Budapest - Istvan Vass psychologist, hipnotherapist Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:52:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A little mindfulness practise – actually a lot of practise Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:35:43 +0000  

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1. Welcome and Introduction (00:31; John Teasdale)streamdownload

2. Raisin Exercise (09:53; Zindel Segal)streamdownload

3. Body Scan (39:08; John Teasdale)streamdownload

4. 10-Minute Sitting Meditation—Mindfulness of the Breath (09:54; Mark Williams) -

5. Mindful Movement—Formal Practice (38:30; Zindel Segal)streamdownload

6. Stretch and Breath Meditation (33:39; Mark Williams)streamdownload

7. Mindful Walking (13:42; Mark Williams)streamdownload

8. 3-Minute Breathing Space—Regular Version (05:02; John Teasdale)streamdownload

9. 3-Minute Breathing Space—Responsive Version (05:19; Zindel Segal)streamdownload

10. 20-Minute Sitting Meditation (20:38; Zindel Segal)streamdownload

11. Sitting Meditation (37:47; John Teasdale)streamdownload

12. Working with Difficulty Meditation (25:47; Mark Williams)streamdownload

13. Bells at 5 Minutes, 10 Minutes, 15 Minutes, 20 Minutes, and 30 Minutes (30:10) -

14. Two Ways of Knowing (07:06; John Teasdale)streamdownload
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They’re better able to control negative thoughts, finds a new study Sun, 17 May 2015 22:14:12 +0000  

Impressive findings from the other side of the therapy couch: your therapist is better at regulating her emotions than you are, according to a small new study in the journal Psychotherapy.

The authors wanted to see if psychotherapists are better at regulating emotion than the rest of us, so they tested experienced therapists as well as non-therapists by showing them pictures designed to elicit negative emotional reactions, ranging from slightly negative images like sad people to very intense images like corpses and people with severe injuries. After each image, they rated how negative the image made them feel.

Both groups reacted the same way to the negative images.

But differences emerged during the second part of the study, when people were shown the pictures again and told to use one of two techniques that regulates emotion: either positive reappraisal, in which you reinterpret emotional information in a positive light, or distraction—thinking about something unrelated and neutral in order to disengage from the negativity. Both have been shown to be effective against negative emotions.

Therapists, the researchers found, were better at calming their emotional response by using these emotion regulation strategies than the non-therapists, regardless of which technique they chose.

“It’s something they need for that job and something that makes them be effective in what they do,” says study author Jan Pletzer, a graduate student in business administration at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and in social and organizational psychology at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Next, Pletzer hopes to find out whether therapists come into their profession equipped with these emotional skills, or whether they hone them on the job.

“I suspect maybe it’s a little bit of both,” says psychologist Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD, adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, who was not involved in the study. But just because non-therapists have less training doesn’t mean they’re doomed to be less emotionally intelligent than the professionals sitting across from them.

We regulate our emotions through our thoughts, Alvord says—a key skill every good therapist learns how to do. “What lay people can do is really learn to catch your thoughts, be aware of your thoughts and recognize that those thoughts then lead to an emotional reaction and a physiological reaction,” she says. “Recognizing those connections is absolutely critical, and most people don’t. We think about emotions, but we don’t think about the thoughts and reframing and getting a different perspective.”

When we do, she says, the effects can be huge on both our mind and body. Reframe a speedbump into a positive, and “immediately you recognize that your body relaxes, your muscles aren’t as tense, you feel better and you have a better outlook for the rest of the day,” Alvord says. “It’s something that therapists learn, to catch themselves.”

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What are we using laughter for? TED video Sat, 16 May 2015 13:35:38 +0000 What types of laughter humans have, and why is it useful? I it a new thing in human evolution, or a rather ancient system? Sophie Scott will lecture you in this TED video, and she even shows some of the rare, special, or just typical laughter she used in her researches.


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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Psychotherapy Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:35:15 +0000 On the margin of my first CFS patient.


The problem is good luck finding a psychiatrist or therapist who has ever worked with someone with CFS, or even knows the symptom profile. I’ve seen four therapists to find an outlet for my frustrations. Instead, I have found each time a good-natured, well-intended professional who — when I tell them my textbook symptoms of CFS — only shake their heads and say, I never heard of that. It must be awful. Thereafter I spend my money and more importantly my precious energy stores educating them on CFS while they in turn struggle to fit me into a paradigm of psychological dysfunction. In the end the only help I’ve ever received from a therapist, or non-CFS specialist doctor for that matter, was to seek one who has a loved one who suffers from CFS. It seems in this era only they know the devastating truth and take you at your word that you’re sick, not sick in the head, which for me is the best therapy I know of right now.

via Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Psychotherapy | John Falk.

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About me Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:24:39 +0000 I am a counseling psychologist with hypnotherapy and group therapy practice.

If you seek counseling or therapy in English, I am looking forward to meeting with You!

Vass Istvan psychologist in Budapest

You can find help in my counseling practice for the following problems:

  • Far from home, far from friends? Home sick?
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  • Or You lost in your life?
  • Fed up because stuck in a nasty unchangeable situation, and you try to change it at last?
  • Somatic symptoms (headache, pain, torpidity, or other irksome sensations) but the doctors can’t find anything?
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If you have one of the above condition, symptoms, problems, call me for professional counseling, and hypnotherapy now!  For making an appointment and telephone number click here!

I am the member of the Hungarian Psychological Society, the Hungarian Association for Integrative Psychotherapy, and the Hungarian Psychodrama Association.

Consulting room in Izabella street 43, 2. floor, door number 12.

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Women reading ’50 Shades of Grey’ more likely to have abusive partners Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:55:14 +0000 In the last few years, few books have reached a higher saturation point than “50 Shades of Grey.” It has sold more than 100 million copies. It’s been translated into 52 languages. There’s a movie in the works, and the Daily Mail has trumpeted the erotic thriller by E.L. James as the “fastest-selling paperback of all time.”

Now a new study published Thursday in the Journal of Women’s Health says young women who have read the book — erotica with themes related to sexual dominance — are more likely to have abusive partners, use diet aids, binge drink and have multiple sexual partners.

“If women experienced adverse health behaviors such as disordered eating first, reading ‘Fifty Shades’ might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma,” researcher Amy Bonomi, a professor at the Michigan State University, said in a statement. “Likewise, if they read ‘Fifty Shades’ before experiencing the health behaviors seen in our study, it’s possible the books influenced the onset of these behaviors.”

The obvious shortcoming of the study is that it doesn’t determine whether the reported abuse proceeded the book — or came after. But either way, Bonomi suggests in her study, they’re linked.

Calling the study one of the first to analyze how popular fiction relates to health risks, the paper states the book’s protagonist, Anastasia, evinces “reactions typical of abused women” that include: “constant perceived threat”; “altered identity”; “yearning for health and normalcy in the relationship”; and “disempowerment and entrapment.”

“The book is a glaring glamorization of violence against women,” Bonomi asserted in an interview with U.S. News & World Report. The protagonist “begins to manage her behavior to keep peace in the relationship, which is something we see in abused women. Over time, she loses her identity.”

So Bonomi, who authored a previous study castigating the book for “perpetuating dangerous abuse standards,” set out to determine how the book relates to young women reading it.

According to the study, she had 655 women aged 18 to 24 at a large Midwestern university take an online questionnaire asking whether they had read “Fifty Shades.” Among the respondents, 219 had read at least the first book in the trilogy and 436 had never picked it up. The survey then asked whether they’d been with someone who had abused them, verbally or physically; whether they binge drink; about their sexual behavior; and if they had ever used diet aids or had skipped eating for at least 24 hours.

The survey found women who read the book were 25 percent more likely to have been in an abusive relationship in which the partner yelled or swore at them. They were 34 percent more likely to have been with someone who “exhibited stalking tendencies.” And were 75 percent more likely to have used diet aids or fasted.

via Women reading ’50 Shades of Grey’ more likely to have abusive partners, study says – The Washington Post.

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TED: The Power of Vulnerability Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:52:00 +0000 brene_brownAmazing lecture about vulnerability from Brené Brown, a researcher, who shares her own experiences and research outcomes about the topic. One of the must-see inspiring TED videos.

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