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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dr Shwetambara Sabharwal

Dr Shwetambara Sabharwal is a Mumbai-based psychologist and psychotherapist

Matters of the mind: Crisis and teachings of Christ
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

While we may have gone through a period that has shaken our faith and exacerbated self-doubt, re-establishing our faith in ourselves is key. Suffering and crisis may trigger doubt, pain, and despair, but trusting the journey, the process, and our experiences build faith

Matters of the mind: Don’t rush to label challenges as negative
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

The point I wish to raise today is, why not persevere during the experience of a challenge knowing that some good will come out of this? The golden question to ask is, how can this add value and meaning to my life?

Matters of the Mind: End of a year, beginning of an era
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Letting go of 2020 with a renewed resolve to be human, to survive together, to learn together and persevere in the many beginnings that we are still to see, will mark the birth of an all-powerful conscious era for us

Matters of the Mind: Do middle-class couples show more empathy than the rich?
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

The principle hope here is for couples from all strata to reflect on their strengths and growth areas, not to exclaim that one is better than the other

Matters of the Mind: How to stop depleting your happiness
Fri, Nov 27, 2020

The process of self-discovery is one in which a person, through self-questioning and examination of one's own thoughts, words, and actions, understands the dominant belief systems, habits and personalities

Matters of the Mind: From loneliness to solitude, a journey worth trying
Sat, Nov 21, 2020

My attempt here is to carve a tool for you to use, in those moments when you are by yourself, to awaken, feel fulfilled, complete and whole within yourself, independent of the presence of individuals, however valued by us

Matters of the Mind: Rise of the guardians of the mind
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

This year has changed many things. It took a pandemic for people to start recognising that we are human, have a brain that does more than perform in exams or cracking deals at work. We have a mind that impacts health, emotions and life in general. And this “mind” needs attention

Matters of the mind: With festivals around the corner, can we redefine the way we celebrate?
Fri, Nov 06, 2020

I truly believe in the spirit of celebrating. All I want to suggest is to extend our perceptions of festivals to mean an opportunity, a goal, to connect, uplift and give to those who don’t have facilities, family, friends or food

An open letter to Chetan Bhagat: Sir, using phones won’t destroy our youth
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

The assumption that smartphones are making the youth of our nation “lazy” might catch the eye of a reader, but expresses bleak expectations and an utterly discouraging label on our young generation. The youth is never lazy, sir, our opinions, expectations and demands often slow them down

Matters of the Mind: Replicating efforts of polio eradication campaign for suicide prevention
Fri, Oct 23, 2020

The best way to prevent suicide is by talking about it. We need to get over our fear of the S-word. The maximum number of suicides are between the ages of 15-29, and most parents are scared to talk about this

Matters of the Mind: Pandemic 2020, a truly life-changing experience
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

In the wake of this deadly pandemic, we have found ourselves a voice, a mind and the resolve to prioritise health, happiness, realisation of what and who we value the most, and even if some haven’t so far, at least we know the revolution has begun

Matters of the mind: Time for tough talk
Thu, Oct 08, 2020

Respect children's choices when they say “no” to be touched or kissed, giving them a message that choices must be regarded

Matters of the Mind: Worrying about technology won’t help
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

Technology is here to stay, and given that most of the social media platforms aim at increasing use, thereby creating addictions, we need to damage control by knowing when to stop, how and when to replace

Matters of the Mind: When things go south
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

When things go south, idiomatically speaking, it means for life to become unfavourable or to take a turn for the worse. And that’s where we psychologists must focus

Matters of the Mind: The business of finding happiness
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Happiness courses have been some of the most coveted courses in recent times. The knowledge of “how to be happy” now has the highest regard and selling price to it

Matters of the Mind: Relationships and how to keep them real
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Relationships in life are important and there is a great sense of satisfaction we get from belonging to a tribe. The fun and laughter that the camaraderie brings literally gives us a huge kick in the form of endorphins. But, like with everything good, there is a flip side

Matters of the Mind: Teachers, you’ve got this!
Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Teachers find themselves at the receiving end of children’s misdirected energy, pressure from curriculum and calendar, scrutiny and non-acceptance from parents, and criticism on the family front for prioritising work over family

Matters of the Mind: Self-discipline is a necessary tool to overcome crisis
Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Self-discipline helps people monitor and control their own behaviours, not cop-out by blaming others or expecting from 'destiny'

Matters of the Mind: Who is taking care of counsellors?
Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Several aspects with respect to psychological diagnosis, intervention, prevention, licensing and education need to be made clearer by regularised and centralised guidance. But time and again we find ourselves on our own in this quest.

Matters of the mind: Let this Independence Day mark our pursuit for freedom
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

To be honest, I feel our struggle for freedom continues. Now, if you are jarred by my timing as I bring this up on the eve of Independence Day, I would like to say I believe this may actually be the best time to take note in our understanding of freedom

Matters of the mind: The Made in India attitude
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

It is our internalised self-doubt, collective lack of national esteem, lack of faith in our own abilities and severe indiscipline that allows this force that is India, to be undermined

Matters of the mind: Swinging from one crisis to the next, there may be chance for a revolution
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Emotional arousal in the current times is so high, that it is guiding our attention to incidents that are a trigger. Crisis is multiplying because we are mentally attending to it. Emotions are impacting our perceptions, attention, memory and decision-making

Matters of the mind: Reforming vulnerability
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Hiding behind a facade of perfection, appearing happy at all times, is the biggest lie we tell ourselves, our families and friends, that we are worthy since we are always strong

Matters of the mind: ‘Hold the line’ to collectively beat the crisis
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

We cannot survive alone, act in self-serving or egotistical ways this time and get away with it. There is no getting out of this battle alive, unless we respect and protect each other.

Matters of the mind: Response, resilience and recovery — the three-dimensional strategy for mental health
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Compartmentalise stress. Respond to it one at a time. The ones we can do something about, and the ones we have no control over. Deal with it one blow at a time