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Articles written by Jurriaan Plesman

If you want to read articles written by Jurriaan Plesman about the connection between mood disorders and nutrition followed by a course in Psychotherapy then click  Articles written by Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr

Psychological Projection and Hypoglycemia

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Dip Clin Nutr We are genetically programmed to look for causes of our feelings in our immediate environment, which in psychological jargon is called “psychological projection”. It is the foundation and source of delusions and hallucinations and misinterpretation of our environment. It really means in psychology our tendency to exclusively

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Assumptions in Psycho-Nutritional Therapy

Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   The various forms of psychotherapy all derive from the philosophical assumptions of therapy. Most psychotherapists have often a unique and personable view of personality based on these assumptions. It would be very difficult to find a hypnotist who would question the assumption that we have a

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What is Rational Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? A short interpretation

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Rational Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or RCBT is a very powerful technique in psychotherapy to help people overcome emotional problems. In order to understand the origin and its rationale we need to have a quick look at “Behaviorism” a school of of psychology which aims at rendering psychology

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Treatment of Anxiety, Gambling, and Phobias

by Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Anxiety defined Anxiety Seeking behaviour Adrenal Exhaustion Free-floating anxiety Gambling and The Gambling Pigeon Phobias Systematic Desensitization Imaginal Desensitization Relaxation Therapy: how to We will try to show how best we can treat ourselves of the debilitating afflictions of anxiety and phobias. If problems arise the

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Psychotherapy: Summary of the Self-Help Psychotherapy Course

If you want to study the Self-Help Psychotherapy Course, start reading the article 1-9 below at the rate of one per week. Keep re-reading again and again in order to make it part of your automatic thinking. Assumptions in Psychotherapy Principles of Psychonutritional Therapy What is RCBT? A short interpretation Transactional Analysis then onto Toward Intimate Relations

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Principles of Psychonutritional Therapy

Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   I see personality problems in a rather holistic way, meaning that most symptoms are just that…symptoms. I usually reject arguments such as because “as child I was neglected, therefore I feel neglected now”. This ignores the fact that NOW you are an adult and you can

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What is Transactional Analysis

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Psychotherapy differs from other kinds of counselling in that a change in behaviour and feelings is brought about with reference to a theoretical model. Thus there are a number of different types of psychotherapies depending on the models used by the therapist and client. The

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Values Clarification

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   We seldom hear people walking around saying they are happy. Unhappy people are usually aware of their unhappiness. Values clarification tries to answer questions such as: what am I trying to achieve? What would make me happy? What do I really want out of life?

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On Being Assertive

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   To benefit from this program it is essential that the reader is familiar with “Transactional Analysis” and “How to Improve One’s Self-image” listed in the “Psychotherapy” section. Awareness of a possible underlying metabolic disorder that may affect behaviour should first be attended to. People with

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How to Improve One’s Self Image

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   As we have seen in the article on hypoglycemia the first consideration in the treatment of any ‘psychological’ problem is the person underlying health. Many physical problems contribute to a low self-esteem. The next step looks at a person’s self-image, which is at the base

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Communication and Counselling

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr In order to satisfy our basic physical an social needs we need to be able to establish close relationships with people from whom we derive gratification of our needs and values. Without these kinds of relationships life would be meaningless to most people. Having overcome a metabolic

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Sexual Abuse and Treatment

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The community demands that men who commit horrendous crimes, such as rape and pedophilia, be brought to justice and sentenced, so as to protect all members of society against their predatory behaviour. The question is what happens to these men after they have been placed under

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Self-Help Website for Personal Growth

hyopJurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr This article shows how this web site can be used as a self-help web site for personal growth. It will also give a general overview of the site. It covers both the biological and psychological aspects of mood disorders.  A fundamental principle in this web site is that

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Anger Management: Nutrition and Psychotherapy

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Anger behaviour ranges from mild to severe; from verbal abuse, assault, grievous bodily harm, domestic violence, murder and even mass murder.  Many of my clients with untreated anger management problems finished up in jail with unintentional murder charges. Thus anger management problems should never be underestimated.

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