Kant’s critique of judgement

Judgment has two functions therefore: determining and reflecting. Determining involves finding the right ‘universal’, that is concept or word for the situation at hand. Thus this function covers the choice of rule or aesthetic, that is, the metric of measurement. Reflective judgment is particularly relevant to the related activities of aesthetic choice and purposeful behaviour. […]

Effective interventions to prevent and mitigate the rate of suicide in Nigeria

Having discussed extensively on the factors that cause and or aggravate the issue of suicide in Nigeria, all of the previous explanations about suicide will be less meaningful and useful if we do not make practical recommendations to cleanse the society of this pandemic mental disease. This article addresses interventions that help to mitigate the root factors […]

Spiritual and religious practices and their healing ingredients

As discussed in the previous article, healing ingredients explain those dimensions of the practices that can be related to the empirical therapeutic process, therefore are considered to be factually effective and functional in improving the human state of wellbeing. We will be discussing: prayer, counselling, preaching, fasting, sacrifice, prescriptions. Many psychotherapy clients find it a great relief […]

Religion and psychology: Why mental health professionals must not ignore religiosity for effective practice

Introduction Therapy is simply defined as a treatment that helps restore a state of well-being and improves functioning of an individual. Traditional approach to healing involves employing non-empirical and or anecdotal means which are based on customs and rites passed down to our generation from our ancestors. The healing technique could be derived from religion, […]

Some interventions to prevent psycho-social problems and suicide in society

The psycho-social problems are those problems that represent the influence of psychological factors and the surrounding social environment on individuals’ physical and mental wellness and their ability to function. This approach is used in a broad range of helping professions in health and social care settings as well as by medical and social science researchers […]

Understanding suicide from cognitive behavioural and strain theory perspective

Cognitive behavioural explanation Learned helplessness There has been a shift from behavioural to cognitive behavioural explanations of the emotional disorders. This may be exemplified by the changes made to Seligman’s (1975) learned helplessness theory over time. Seligman’s initial theory suggested that depression results from learning that one is not in control of a particular physical or social […]

Biological, psychodynamic, socio-cultural and behavioural approaches to understanding the causes of suicide in Nigeria

Introduction This paper explores related literature (theories) and discusses suicide employing biological, psychodynamic and behavioural perspectives relevant  to the understanding of the underlying causes and course of the subject matter – suicide. Suicide, as discussed in the previous write up, is a critical condition that needs special attention; to enable effective intervention, there is need for […]

Scope and prevalence of suicide in Nigeria from a psychological perspective

Abstract The rate of suicide in Nigeria is alarming. There is comorbidity between suicide, personality disorders, depression and addiction. Suicide is common among young adults and adolescents. This write up explores the meaning of suicide, factors influencing it, it’s scope, types and other relevant information that provide insight into the pandemic phenomenon. In subsequent write-ups, […]

What your personality type says about your vulnerability to substance abuse

Abstract Through an examination of some relevant personality theories, this article will discuss the relationship between personality and substance use, that is, exploring some personality traits as predispositinal factors to substance abuse. Introduction Our attitudes, choices, likes, decisions and all other aspects of our behaviours and mental constructs largely depend on individuals’ personality. In fact, […]

Tips for parents: Raising a self-confident child

Self-Confidence simply means the belief in oneself. It has to do with how an individual sees himself/herself. Usually, what makes or mars self-confidence has to do with individual’s experiences—both past and present. Self-Confidence is very important because it’s the skeleton/the frame upon which the outward countenance of an individual is built. A self-confident person will […]

An outline of Piaget’s four stages of cognitive development

A greater percentage of teachers’ activities in the class depends on the cognitive abilities of the students; teachers devote most of their time towards ensuring that the students have mentally understood the new information passed to them. In order to enhance this student-teacher relationship, Jean Piaget, a child psychologist, has described four stages of cognitive […]