Jerry Kennard

Jerry Kennard, Health Professional

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. Jerry’s clinical background is in mental health and, most recently, higher education. He is the author of various self-help books and is co-founder of positivityguides.net.

'Soft Bipolar' Explained

Credit: Thinkstock If we have the misfortune to break a bone, its diagnosis and treatment is usually straightforward. We have tools that allow us to see the fracture and we know exactly what is required to fix it. Psychiatric diagnoses are far more s...
Jerry Kennard

CBT: Structures and Styles

Credit: Thinkstock Credti: Thinkstock When people learn I’m a psychologist they sometimes become wary. For instance, I’m sometimes asked if I “read minds” and, more often, if I’m always analyzing everything a person says and does. Both are misconcept...
Jerry Kennard

Coping Thoughts to Ease Anxiety

Credit: Thinkstock If we create and then dwell on certain thoughts, there’s a good chance we’ll activate a part of the brain called the amygdala, and create anxiety. Most of our anxious thoughts don’t have a basis in reality — but try telling that to ...
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Hygge: Living a Contented Life the Danish Way

Credit: Thinkstock Imagine sitting around an open fire on a cold night. Your hands are wrapped around a mug of hot chocolate, and the warm glow from a dozen candles is dancing off the walls. Welcome to hygge. Hygge (pronounced like “hoo-gah”__) is a ...
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Shyness and Introversion: Are They Really the Same?

Credit: Thinkstock _Over time I’ve noticed that many people will interchangeably use the terms “shyness” and “introversion,” as though they are one and the same. In this post I’ll explain why I don’t believe they are. _ A good place to start is by ex...
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Depersonalization and Derealization in Depression

Credit: Thinkstock One of the lesser-known aspects of depression is something called “dissociation.” This is a mental process, a form of defense, in which the person disconnects from the world. Dissociation typically occurs as a response to trauma, b...
Jerry Kennard