Why do people smoke

1 Introduction Smoking still is a major cause of preventable illnesses and diseases related to the cardiovascular and pulmonary system, such as lung cancer. Despite these known health risks, 21% of the world population is smoking tobacco according to the World Health Organization (WHO) (“Tobacco Use,” 2016). This hasn’t to be so as addiction to smoking isn’t just a given biological circumstance, but a personal and social experience that can … Continue reading

Therapeutic effect of mindfulness meditation

In this article I detail out a bit further the link between meditation and its therapeutic effect on anxiety and depression and apply it to a case example. Mindfulness meditation seems to be suitable to shift the perception of life-uncertainty and adjust “from rumination to present awareness and acceptance” (Li et al., 2016, p. 12).  Mindfulness as a psycho-therapeutic approach has proven beneficial for the treatment of anxiety and depression disorders.

Holistic approach to change behavior (e.g., towards a smoke-free identity)

Overview This article is distinguishing holism from reductionist concepts and critically analyzes the application of holism in the mental health topic of long-term smoking cessation. By identifying some current state indicators the article suggests a definition of a holistic approach going forward. The effective maintenance of long-term nicotine abstinence is considered to be positively influenced by applying an extended biopsychosocial model that also includes cultural and world-view beliefs of personalities … Continue reading

Popular Neuroscience: A scientific field shaped by and shaping modern society

Demarcating pseudoscience Evidence from neuroscience Neuroscience in popular culture Own biases and ethical considerations Still, we are not only our brains and thinking is not optional:-)

Successful learning = knowledge gathering + application + (desired change + well-being)

It works best for me to gather knowledge in a self-study mode. In order to turn the knowledge into practical and positive learning experiences though, the exchange with study and work colleagues is valuable for me. Therefore I appreciate the exchange of experiences and opinions and the possibility for constructive feedback. Systematic notes taking, as well as the visualization of key aspects and inter-dependencies have proven to be a good … Continue reading