Pink Whale Challenge!

I know that the trend of Blue Whale Challenge is long ago over but nevertheless, I would like to introduce a counter-game to the Blue Whale; the Pink Whale Challenge.

So we all know the intentions of the Blue Whale Game if you haven’t heard about it; it is a sinister game that assigns a series of tasks to players with the final task requiring the player to cause serious self-inflicted injuries. It began in May 2016 spread from Russia to across the globe causing an inflation in suicide rates. Two arrests were made; one in 2016 (according to Wikipedia, the person who developed the app was a psychology student) and the other in June 2017.

It would be an interesting topic to look into these cases in detail and understand the thinking patterns of these individuals. However, this is about the counter-game; Pink Whale Challenge which was developed by a game designer in Brazil. Basically, the aim of the game is to spread love, help combat depression, and assign tasks that give value to life.

Apart from the Pink Whale, several other apps following the same concept were released in order to combat the Blue Whale Game.

I thought I should mention this issue not only because it was a trend but also because the initial idea was generated by a psychology student; scary, isn’t it?

I, too, am a psychology student and, collectively, our goal is to help people, help them lead a better life without inflicting any kind of harm. Once you take up psychology, by default, we have to abide by rules and regulations.



A researcher under progress. . .

Hey! Here’s a small update from me to you: I along with five other members are working on a research project. We’re basically conducting a study that will measure superstitious beliefs in regards to locus of control and self-efficacy while differences between superstitious beliefs in science and non-science undergrad students will be identified.

I am particularly excited about this research since we will be collecting data, analysing it, and reporting the study – for the first time (as actual researchers, obviously under supervision). We will be done, hopefully, with this study by January 2018 but until then I am not at liberty to discuss any further details about the study; first, because we have not completed it; second, because we may try to get our very first project published with the help of two wonderful professors. If that doesn’t happen then I will publish the results and discuss them in brief, of course with the consent of my other colleagues.

Wait patiently, my dear followers.

Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy a.k.a SFBT

What is Solution Focused Therapy?

According to Wikipedia, its described as “goal-directed collaborative approach” and “focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without exploring the history“; basically emphasizing more on the present and future with less priority given to the history of the patient. So, it is a continuous process of understanding the patient’s issues;  understanding at what position the patient wants to see himself/herself standing, and how to get the patient at that position. For example, a patient has anger issues, wants to reduce his anger issues, and requires an intervention to do so.

As all therapies go through a round of different types of questions this therapy has its share in it as well. The different types of questions in SFBT are:

-The Miracle Question

-Scaling Questions

-Exception Questions

Now that I’ve got that out of the way I have some opinions on it, especially on the miracle questions as well as its variations (as suggested by O’Hanlon) such as the crystal ball, time machine, rainbow bridge, and a letter from future self.

SFBT is very and by very I mean extremely dependent on the client to look for solutions; in a sense that the therapist will make the client’s issue clear and then ask them ‘How would your life be without so and so issue?’. Now, I completely understand that usually, most people have the answers they need all I am saying is that it would take a while for the client to understand how to exactly fulfil those requirements in order to change their situation/feelings/thoughts. I also want you to pay attention to the fact that SFBT focuses a lot more on solutions, therefore, sessions move rather quickly onto searching for solutions. (I also want to add that there are chances of the client getting preoccupied with the issue while digging for solutions).

Apart from that, I should also mention that this idea of ‘imagine a miracle has occurred‘ is a very difficult concept to grasp for those people who are realists (I am a realist, hence it’s a concept that I personally cannot appreciate). Having said that, I must also mention that each individual is different and so are their issues, thus, different therapies work with certain clients.


A Psychological List.

Hey! So I have put up a psychological disorders list (as per the DSM-V). It just states which disorders fall under what categories, and I did this to make my life easier to browse through this list instead of searching the web or through the DSM-V book. You can see this (pretty long) list on the left column on my “Posts” page on my blog!


Medication Induced Movement Disorders & Other Adverse Effects of Medication

  1. Neuroleptic-Induced Parkinsonism
  2. Other Medication Induced Parkinsonism
  3. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
  4. Medication-Induced Acute Dystonia
  5. Medication-Induced Acute Akathisia
  6. Tardive Dyskinesia
  7. Tardive Dystonia
  8. Tardive Akathisia
  9. Medication-Induced Postural Tremor
  10. Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome

Personality Disorders

Cluster A Personality Disorders

  1. Paranoid Personality Disorder
  2. Schizoid Personality Disorder
  3. Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Cluster B Personality Disorders

  1. Antisocial Personality Disorder
  2. Borderline Personality Disorder
  3. Histrionic Personality Disorder
  4. Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Cluster C Personality Disorders

  1. Avoidant Personality Disorder
  2. Dependent Personality Disorder
  3. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Other Personality Disorders

  1. Personality Change Due to Another Medical Condition