Google will Unveil Own Tablet

ith the ongoing Google I/O developers conference this week will surely come a lot of surprises from the Internet giant, one of which is the anticipated unveiling of a tablet running on their equally new Android operating system, Jellybean. Google seem to be doing what Microsoft did last week in its unveiling of Surface tablet. “It seems Google’s trying to do what Microsoft did last week, which is basically tell their partners they no longer trust them to do things right.” The 7-inch Asus-Google tablets will be made by Quanta Computer and will reportedly run on Jellybean, the latest version of Android’s mobile OS. The first of its kind from Google, the tablet could cost up to USD 250, which should be another reason for Amazon as well as Apple to be on the alert. More »

Google Faces Antitrust Suit in India

Springhill Group Counselling believes it is significant that each of us needs to understand what counselling and psychotherapy is about and what they should anticipate from the procedure of therapy. Nurturing knowledge among community is a significant purpose for every organization. This website has been aims to help people find out more about counselling and psychotherapy, especially those who are considering therapy as an option for themselves or someone else, or for clients who are already involved in therapy. More »

First of its Kind Malware Targets Android

Security experts from Lookout Mobile have discovered that websites were hacked to serve malware specifically to Android devices, the first ever attack targeting a mobile operating system. The virus comes up when a user happen to visit a compromised website and disguises itself as a system update. Drive-by downloads such as this have long been a challenge to digital security as it only takes someone to visit an infected site for the malware to infect the vulnerable device. Mobile specialist Springhill Group Counselling reports that the bug, named NotCompatible, appears to be the first Android bug to have spread in that way. More »

IT experts fear Anons

Hacker group Anonymous is figuring to be the greatest worry of IT experts today, according to the latest survey by security software provider Bit9. A new survey conducted by the security company Bit9 called 2012 Cyber Security Survey released on April 23 asked around 2,000 IT experts in Europe and US regarding the present security condition of enterprise Relevant Services/Products. Out of all the respondents, 64% believes that their firms will be attacked during the next 6 months while 61% chose hacktivists as the most likely attackers. Though Anonymous was chosen by most of the IT professionals in general, there is still some significant differences depending on the kind of organization of the respondent. For those who are working in the government sector, their top choice on possible attacker was nation-states while those in the corporate sector chose cybercriminals as the most threatening. More »

11 Suspected of LCD Tech Leak

At least eleven individuals were suspected of selling Samsung’s key technology involved in creating the next generation of flat screen panels to one of its South Korea rival in the TV manufacturing sector. According to authorities, suspects allegedly shared the technology used in Samsung’s flat screen display to another domestic company through their contacts to both of the firms. The 11 suspects are composed of current and former Samsung researchers along with employees of the rival company. More »


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3 Types Of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is basically just an interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the person but in a more complex point, it is described as something that addresses mental health issues through conversing with a psychologist in order to learn more about your behavior, feelings, thoughts and overall mental condition. It is helpful in some people to properly respond to difficult situations and have control over their life and is applicable to all, not only to those with clinically diagnosed conditions.


There are a lot of particular kinds of psychotherapy characterized by its own approach that depends on each patient’s circumstance. Psychotherapy is also commonly referred to as therapy, counselling or talk therapy.

Most of the time, psychotherapy utilizes verbal conversation in order to diagnose and solve issues like communication, relationship and behavior change.

*Cognitive Therapy - helps a person solve problems through identifying dysfunctional emotions and mindset. Compared to behavior therapy, this concentrates on the person’s thoughts and how those affect the emotions. This is effective in altering negative thoughts that lead the person to act unproductively or feel bad in general. The idea is, if you could think differently you will feel better and act more positively.


*Behavior Therapy - mainly used to cure usual mental concerns like anxiety, depression or paranoia. This approach is largely based on the philosophical theory of behaviorism — the belief that human behavior is directly dependent on psychological issues. Behavior therapy is applied to alter a person’s responses and overall behavior for the better. It seeks to identify what we do that might cause the inappropriate behavior and how all of it affects us.


*Psychoanalysis or Psychodynamic Therapy - this is where therapists work with the person to probe his mind and understand its psychological functioning and address any internal conflict. Psychoanalysis aims to explore the subconscious mind to gain more insight into the person’s behavior and needs, thus enabling more control over how he handles and copes conflicts. It helps the person improve through learning what is happening inside him and how he interacts with the therapist himself.

Critics of psychotherapy as a cure are asserting that it is not the counselling sessions that help a person but the simple passing of time, ergo it is a clever ripoff. In addition, they believe that psychotherapy is turning out to replace the normal interaction that a person should have among family and friends.


Emotional Intelligence May Cause Job Burnout


An employee’s job performance is dependent upon many things, includingemotional intelligence (EI). “It has been established that the emotions an employee experiences in their organization affect his/her psychological and physical health, and also that employee’s attitude towards duties, the organization, and work-related accomplishments,” said Tae Won Moon of the Department of Business Administration at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, and lead author of a recent study examining EI on the job. Burnout, also termed emotional exhaustion, is a key factor in determining how emotional intelligence affects job performance. “In our study we used the words emotional exhaustion and burnout interchangeably. Burnout includes three distinct states:  emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished personal accomplishment,” said Won Moon. “Among these three states, emotional exhaustion is at the core of burnout.” When an employee is forced to exhibit emotions to customers that are insincere, such as smiling to a customer when having a bad day, causes emotional dissonance. “Researchers have suggested that sustained emotional dissonance reduces an individual’s self-identity or even promotes a strong contrary (pseudo) identity and this leads to feelings of stress, frustration, or burnout/emotional exhaustion,” said Won Moon. High levels of EI are linked to increased coping skills, on and off the job. Therefore, Won Moon theorized that low levels of EI would lead to emotional exhaustion or burnout.

For the study, Won Moon interviewed 295 employees from a South Korean department store. The average age of the participants was 38, and all had been employed for at least one year. The results revealed that three key components ofEI, optimism, social skills and emotional validation, were negatively linked to emotional exhaustion. “We speculate that individuals who are good at utilizing their emotions by incorporating emotion in thought, and understanding emotions by employing emotional knowledge, may be more likely to experience emotional exhaustion,” said Won Moon. “Since they put more effort into making emotional facilitation in thinking, and analyzing their own and others’ emotions, this process may generate a feeling of stress, frustration, or burnout/emotional exhaustion.”


Moon, Tae Won, and Won-Moo Hur. “EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, EMOTIONAL EXHAUSTION, AND JOB PERFORMANCE.” Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal 39.8 (2011): 1087-096. Print.

Depression Can Worsen Knee Pain

Treating mental as well as physical health may alleviate symptoms.

By Jennifer Davis


3/23/11 Depression could make symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, or OA, feel even worse. In fact, a study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgerysays depression can have just as strong an effect on knee pain as physical damage.

“This was found to be particularly true in patients with radiographic findings of less severe – mild to moderate – knee osteoarthritis,” says lead author Tae Kyun Kim, MD, PhD, director of the division of knee surgery and sports medicine at the Joint Reconstruction Center at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in South Korea.

Dr. Kim’s research team studied data taken between 2005 and 2006 from 660 Korean men and women older than age of 65. They measured the severity of participant’s OA damage with X-rays, questioned patients about their pain and interviewed them to diagnose depressive disorders. Those with the most joint damage reported feeling the most pain, but more surprising was that patients with mild to moderate knee OA who were experiencing depression also reported severe pain, even if X-rays didn’t show the significant damage that typically indicates pain.

“Pain is a complex phenomenon which is influenced by many factors, including several physical and psychological factors,” Dr. Kim explains. “Concurrent pain and depression have a much greater impact than either disorder alone on multiple domains of functional status.”

Researchers say their findings highlight the need for doctors to be on the lookout for depression in their knee OA patients.

“We believe that one simple and practical option for an orthopeadic clinic would be to establish a consultation system with relevant psychiatrists who can identify and treat depression, if found, in patients who continue to complain of severe symptoms that are discordant with the radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis and who do not respond to treatment modalities,” Dr. Kim suggests.

Jon T. Giles, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and rheumatologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, says this study adds further weight to the existing medical literature highlighting the effect of psychosocial issues on pain responses.

“Painful sensations are relayed through the brain in a very complex way, and can be modulated up or down,” he says. With stress, poor sleep, anxiety and depression, which are known to influence pain levels, “stimuli feel more painful than they would in someone without the adverse psychosocial factors. This probably explains in part why the largest effect of depression in the study was seen in those without much OA to see on X-rays.”

Because depression might amplify pain responses in OA and other musculoskeletal conditions, Dr. Giles says, clinicians should use antidepressants and other treatments if necessary to alter mood, rather than just prescribing medications designed to block pain.

“Antidepressant medications have been found to have analgesic as well as antidepressant effects,” agrees Dr. Kim.

Dr. Giles says it’s also important for caregivers who treat musculoskeletal conditions to screen patients for potential psychological aggravators of pain and refer them for treatment when needed.

Springhill Group Counselling-The Dark Side of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapists are starting to become more alert on the reality of how dangerous the double-edged nature of their profession is. Being effective in addressing client concerns is only but a part of the job — keeping your head is just as important.


Just like how a clean broom can get all dirty and messed up through continuously doing its work of cleaning the floor, so can the therapist get vulnerable to difficult feelings by dealing with clients.


Psychotherapists are indoctrinated early on that they need to be emotionally stable to cope with the challenges of the profession. And oftentimes, it’s that very thing that can make a therapist struggle. It’s as if they are not allowed to feel emotions like boredom and exhaustion.


They were taught that having struggles with work as a psychotherapist are all because of your own personal issues or mere lack of experience.


Unfortunately, issues that are not addressed properly can eventually lead to burnout.You can be effective in your job but still feel stressed, frustrated or self-doubt.


Most therapists are aware that work issues tend to affect personal relationships. Exhausting someone’s emotional capacity in such a line of work can result in him having none left for interacting with family members.


They are not alert to the fact that, being also a human, they have personal feelings towards their career that can come to the surface. And in fear of being labeled unprofessional, they refuse to recognize those emotion and just continue going through their daily routine.


To add to their burden, they cannot bring up to family members or friends anything work-related because of confidentiality rules. Plus, very few of those in this field can actually admit they are having problems themselves.


An effective coping strategy for a therapist to keep afloat while working is to practice, alongside their clinical skills, self-reflection. Psychotherapists must allow themselves to feel and acknowledge their emotions.


Knowing how to process the intense emotion you as a therapist gets from every client encounter is invaluable.



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German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger has developed an approach to dealing with relationship problems, financial distress, addictions and career troubles that is based on the idea that self-limiting beliefs can be inherited from previous generations.

Julie Williams will lead a workshop in this approach on Saturday from 10.30am-5pm in Greystones Holistic Centre, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. Cost €90. Booking on 087-2588385 or e-mail [email protected]

- The Sudden Cardiac Death ( in the young ) Support Group is holding its Christmas memorial service in Monkstown Church of Ireland Parish Church, Co Dublin, on Sunday, December 4th at 1pm. Queries to 086-2043932.

- A new medical shoe shop, Footsense, has just opened on Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, next door to Fallon Byrne, (George’s Street end). A podiatrist will assess the customer’s feet and give advice on all aspects of foot health free of charge. See or e-mail [email protected] or tel: 01-4406688.

- The Irish Analytical Psychology Association is holding a lecture – Jung’s Psychological Types . . . or Stereotypes? – given by Jungian analyst Orla Crowley in the Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin on Friday, December 9th at 8pm. For more information, tel: 087-2492625.

Psychoanalysis Today is the theme of a conference on December 10th in the Health Sciences Building at University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.

It is organised by the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Mental Health Research at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, with the UCD School of Medicine. Cost €60/€30. More details from [email protected]