On success and happiness

The dream of success seems to be what drives the self-help publishing industry, where every other book that comes out is on how to achieve success! But success can mean vastly different things to different people. What is your definition of success? And can being successful make you happy? Our achievements can bring us satisfaction, but once a goal is reached, we soon start looking … Continue reading On success and happiness

Signs of a toxic friendship

We hear and read about heartbreak everywhere – in movies, songs, books, articles – but not many people seem to talk about the end of a friendship. Yet, losing a close, long-term friend can be as upsetting as losing a romantic partner. There could be elements of shame at play, such as fear of being branded as immature for placing too much importance on the … Continue reading Signs of a toxic friendship

Identity & self-identity

In psychology, identity is a set of qualities, beliefs, looks and expressions that make an individual or a social group. Self-identity is a set of beliefs we have about ourselves, such as racial and gender identity or academic and professional success. In short, it is the answer to the question: Who am I? Self-identity differs from self-esteem, which is our emotional evaluation of our own … Continue reading Identity & self-identity