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Glossary of terms
Compiled by Lera Chacon, Reiki Master, Life Coach
Addiction A condition in which the body requires a drug or activity in order to function without physical and psychological reactions to its absence; often the outcome of tolerance and dependence.
Anxiety An intense emotional response caused by the preconscious recognition that a repressed conflict is about to emerge into consciousness.
Archetype A universal, inherited, primitive, and symbolic representation of a particular experience or object.
Attitude The learned, relatively stable tendency to respond to people, concepts, and events in an evaluative way.
Aura The subtle biomagnetic sheath that surrounds the physical body, providing a protective zone that extends for about eighteen inches to three feet from the body and contains information about a person's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state of being.
Biofeedback Using a biofeedback machine, practitioners teach patients how to control and change such autonomic body functions as blood pressure, heart rate, circulations, digestion and perspiration.
Body/Mind Counseling Body/Mind Counseling covers a number of techniques intended to change negative patterns learned from infancy. Counselors in this field tend to use a less structured process than psychotherapists, utilizing bodywork techniques, lifestyle counseling and even nutritional advice.
Burnout This is an actual physical and emotional problem that results from excessive on-the- job hassles. The symptoms of burnout include fatigue and physical exhaustion, depression, mental fatigue, sleeping problems, etc.
Chakras The psycho-spiritual energy centers found in the human body.
Codependence A codependent is loosely defined as someone who cares “too much” while caring for a person who depends on him or her. Symptoms of codependence are controlling behavior, distrust, perfectionism, avoidance of feelings, excessive caretaking, hypervigilence or physical illness related to stress.
Collective unconscious The part of an individual's unconscious that is inherited, evolutionarily developed, and common to all members of the species.
Complementary medicine A group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery.
Conditioning The ways in which events, stimuli, and behavior become associated with one another.
Consciousness A state of awareness of internal events and of the external environment.
Coping The process of dealing with internal or external demands that are perceived to be threatening or overwhelming.
Creativity The ability to generate ideas or products that are both novel and appropriate to the circumstances.
Decision aversion The tendency to avoid decision making; the tougher the decision, the greater the likelihood of decision aversion.
Denial A defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects thoughts, feelings, needs, wishes, or external realities that they would not be able to deal with if they got into the conscious mind.
Depression A state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual's social functioning and/or activities of daily living.
Dream analysis The psychoanalytic interpretation of dreams used to gain insight into a person's unconscious motives or conflicts.
Ego The aspect of personality involved in self-preservation activities and in directing instinctual drives and urges into appropriate channels.
Ego defense mechanisms Mental strategies (conscious or unconscious) used by the ego to defend itself against conflicts experienced in the normal course of life.
Emotion A complex pattern of changes, including physiological arousal, feelings, cognitive processes, and behavioral reactions, made in response to a situation perceived to be personally significant.
Enlightenment – In the broader spiritual understanding, it is the attainment of a permanent state of higher wisdom, understanding, illumination, or self realization. Enlightenment automatically confers liberation from lower consciousness.
Fear A rational reaction to an objectively identified external danger that may induce a person to flee or attack in self-defense.
Feng shui Ancient Chinese practice of arranging home or work environments to promote health, happiness, and prosperity. Importance is placed on color selection and furniture placement in order to promote a healthy flow of chi or vital energy.
Healing Crisis A positive sign that symptoms will soon disappear, marked by a brief intensifying of those same symptoms.
Holistic Counseling Practitioners focus on the whole person, with a special emphasis on how the mind is connected directly to the body, and how a person thinks and feels affects him or her at a cellular level.
Hypnosis An altered state of awareness characterized by deep relaxation, susceptibility to suggestions, and changes in perception, memory, motivation, and self-control.
Insight When the solution to a problem comes to you in an all-of-a-sudden manner. The opposite type of solution to trial-and-error solutions.
Insomnia The chronic inability to sleep normally; symptoms include difficulty in falling asleep, frequent waking, inability to return to sleep, and early-morning awakening.
Intimacy The capacity to make a full commitment—sexual, emotional, and moral—to another person.
It has also been defined as Into Me See.
Job burnout The syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment, often experienced by workers in high-stress jobs.
Judgment The process by which people form opinions, reach conclusions, and make critical evaluations of events and people based on available material; also, the product of that mental activity.
Karma The universal law of cause and effect; the volition behind each action, which produces favorable or unfavorable results in the future.
Mood Disorders A condition whereby the prevailing emotional mood is distorted or inappropriate to the circumstances. The two major types of mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder.
Meditation A form of consciousness alteration designed to enhance self-knowledge and well-being through reduced self-awareness. The practice of inner focus which renders the state of Awareness of Awareness.
Panic disorder An anxiety disorder in which sufferers experience unexpected, severe panic attacks that begin with a feeling of intense apprehension, fear, or terror.
Perennial philosophy The common core wisdom of most of the world's spiritual traditions. Perennial philosophy holds that all things are part of an indivisible unity or whole.
Phobia A persistent and irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that is excessive and unreasonable, given the reality of the threat.
Prejudice A learned attitude toward a target object, involving negative affect (dislike or fear), negative beliefs (stereotypes) that justify the attitude, and a behavioral intention to avoid, control, dominate, or eliminate the target object.
Projection of the Shadow A psychological process, first noted by Jung, by which an individual projects the repressed contents of their psyche onto a convenient other, who is then seen as the enemy.
Repression The basic defense mechanism by which painful or guilt-producing thoughts, feelings, or memories are excluded from conscious awareness.
Resistance The inability or unwillingness of a patient in psychoanalysis to discuss certain ideas, desires, or experiences. In broader terms, any verbal or emotional response of any form of “No.”
Self-actualization A concept in personality psychology referring to a person's constant striving to realize his or her potential and to develop inherent talents and capabilities.
Self-awareness The top level of consciousness; cognizance of the autobiographical character of personally experienced events.
Self-concept A person's mental model of his or her abilities and attributes.
Self-esteem A generalized evaluative attitude toward the self that influences both moods and behavior and that exerts a powerful effect on a range of personal and social behaviors.
Spirituality An orientation to our existence that recognizes wholeness, relationship, context, meaning -- including the ultimate source of meaning. Refers to levels of consciousness that perceive or intuit the vast wholeness and meaning of the cosmos, a wholeness unfathomable in terms of material reality, personal identity, or cultural ideologies.
Stereotypes Generalizations about a group of people in which the same characteristics are assigned to all members of a group.
Stress The pattern of specific and nonspecific responses an organism makes to stimulus events that disturb its equilibrium and tax or exceed its ability to cope.
Thought Forms Forms created by strong positive or negative thoughts that can exist on the etheric or spiritual level that can affect a person's mental functioning.
Transference The process by which a person in psychoanalysis attaches to a therapist feelings formerly held toward some significant person who figured in a past emotional conflict.
Transpersonal The spiritual dimensions of human experience; beyond the personal.
Wellness Optimal health, incorporating the ability to function fully and actively over the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental domains of health.
Wisdom Expertise in the fundamental pragmatics of life.
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