Psychology Redefined

SHIFT 101

SHIFT 101- Introduction

Our SHIFT 101 video series take big psychological words and breaks them down in a way you can understand, either for those folks who don’t know anything about psychology or for those who are just interested in what goes on at Shift Psychological. So stay tuned!


Non-nurturing elements

SHIFT 101: Non-Nurturing Elements

In our formative years we can either be raised in nurturing environments or non-nurturing environments. Regardless of which environment we were raised in there are always flaws that get in the way of us being adaptive or feeling like we’re unconditionally supported and loved. There can be themes such as a caregiver being critical or controlling, never being home, or having addictions. As children and young adults, we internalized all these themes, environments and elements, thus forming Limiting Beliefs, a term which we will discuss in our next segment of Shift 101.


Limiting Beliefs

SHIFT 101: Limiting Beliefs

These Limiting Beliefs begin to form in our early childhood experiences (especially within those Non-Nurturing Elements discussed during our last Shift 101 segment) and we hold these beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not in control” or “I’m going to be abandoned.”, etc. In addition to a few more terms we are going to discuss in our upcoming posts, these Limiting Beliefs become very strong and hard to change and end up shaping a lot of our behaviours, thoughts and feelings.


Dysfunctional Needs

SHIFT 101 – Dysfunctional Needs

These Limiting Beliefs begin to form in our early childhood experiences (especially within those Non-Nurturing Elements discussed during our last Shift 101 segment) and we hold these beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not in control” or “I’m going to be abandoned.”, etc. In addition to a few more terms we are going to discuss in our upcoming posts, these Limiting Beliefs become very strong and hard to change and end up shaping a lot of our behaviours, thoughts and feelings.


Cognitive Dissonance

SHIFT 101 – Cognitive Dissonance

The reason why our Limiting Beliefs are so hard to change is because of a term called Cognitive Dissonance. What this essentially means is that we feel a massive amount of discomfort when our beliefs, ideas and values are challenged. Therefore, we will change how we interpret situations so that our beliefs stay intact.


Confirmation Bias

SHIFT 101 – Confirmation Bias

If someone has the Limiting Belief “I am a failure” or “I can’t succeed”, what they will do is only look for evidence to support feeling and believing this way.


Self-fulfilling Prophecy

SHIFT 101 – Self-fulfilling Prophecy

This common phenomenon is caused by Limiting Beliefs and their Dysfunctional Needs, because when they combine we get caught up in a vicious circle of thought, emotion and action.


bilateral stimulation & EMDR

SHIFT 101 – Bilateral Stimulation

This common phenomenon is caused by Limiting Beliefs and their Dysfunctional Needs, because when they combine we get caught up in a vicious circle of thought, emotion and action.


high standards

SHIFT 101 – “I’m not Good Enough”

This common phenomenon is caused by Limiting Beliefs and their Dysfunctional Needs, because when they combine we get caught up in a vicious circle of thought, emotion and action.