Elena Lorente [elenalorente]
Which is your specialty in psychology?
It is Neuropsychology and I develop my career in Elderly Care and Gerontology
What types of clients do you work with?
Healthy elderly people and dementia patients living in nursing homes
Is there a web site or blog where we can learn more about you?
I originally started with a blog in Spanish called "Pozos de Sabiduría" (trans.: pools of wisdom" that it can be checked at www.pozosdesabiduria.blogspot.com and it is based on funny episodes with elderly people.
From June I started my entrepreneuring project as an Elderly Care consultant in my website www.vedasabiduria.com, where it is an English version.
What methods do you employ? Could you briefly explain the principles your approach is based on?
I had my formation in a cognitive-behavioural basis as a Neuropsychologist, and the main aspects I treat are cognitive processes, emotions and in dementia patients the appearance of behavioural disorders. I analyze all of them and establish a treatment or guidance.
How do you market your services? Where do your new clients come from?
My clients come from my twitter account (@vedasabiduria) and from my website, because my project is internet-based to establish a point of flexibility and globality to elderly care professionals.
How obsolete is Freud today?
Despite Freud is a bit obsolete today, it is good to recognise the innovative ideas he gave to Psychology. Also Freud can be considered as a model of reorientating our own career: he started as Neurologist and derived to Psychiatry to create his own theoretical corpus.
Also this is proved and it can be seen in Freud Museum in Vienna, in the apartment where he lived with his family and worked.
What are some simple things that one can to do to fight stress and anxiety?
The fact is that stress and anxiety are part of our daily life, because we are demanded to do many things at the same time. The primmary solution can be learning to priorize all our duties and then taking a daily little space for relaxing and meditate. It is enough with only five minutes.
Depression is almost epidemic. What is going wrong on the societal level?
It could be a matter of acceptance of what happens in our daily lives or a kind of insatisfaction. When we create rigid goals not to be changed as the major point for our happiness and these goals are not commited, then frustration comes and a reactive depression develops.
What do dreams mean?
Dreams are a figurative view of stories that are caused in REM-Sleep periods because of random functioning of cognitive processes, specially memory, mixing old memories with new learnings. On the other hand, there is the psychoanalytic approach.
Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves?
It can be a sociocultural issue, because we are educated to feel guilty of our mistakes and recreating in how painful was that for others. It is necessary to be ourselves convinced that guilty is the person who commits a crime, not the one who had a common daily mistake, e.g., insulting, bad words, argueing... And then it is increased in people with extreme religious beliefs, where mistakes are considered mortal sins and not to be forgiven.
What does the phenomenon of falling in love consist of? Is there a cure?
This is part of human nature, meeting a person and having a matter of "don't-know-what" to realise that both match in many ways. Explanations come from the pure physical in terms of pheromones to the sociocultural ones.
What are the keys to creating healthy relationships?
Healthy relationships should be created by respect, acceptance of our own features, agreement, negociation, and independence. A dependency-based relationship is not healthy at all.
What new trends in psychology have stirred up your interest the most?
Depends on the country everyone is developing the career. There is a well-developed trend in Spain which is Coaching, and also the link between meditation and Psychology: both sound interesting and helpful, but in my opinion I would like to mix them to receive a better understanding of everyday problems. Meditation would help coached people to clear their minds before establishing goals, and coaching could provide another view to manage anxiety with our own life.
How is the creative personality different from others?
A creative personality is the one that can generate new ideas and plans, which are adequate to the final goal.
What is a “healthy” ego?
This a very complex question, but I can say that one of the main points to have a healthy ego (better for me to be called "self") is knowing oneself and being independent.
Which are the most common psychological problems of artists and creative people in general?
This is not really my area of working, but as I know artists personally, their main problems could be an excess of individuality to be only focused in themselves, or even when there is too much creativity not to be connected with real life and creating their own world.
What kinds of people do you think are at high risk for addiction?
People that feel so alone and without any kind of goal in their lives to get engaged with something that apparently calms them but in fact it is harmful.
Is it possible to program the unconscious mind for success?
This kind of duty is made by Neurolingüistic Programming, but the main programming for success is in conscious mind: we must be sure we can make it, despite in some social areas and environments success is seen as a threat or as a fearful issue.
What books do you recommend to help us develop a better understanding of ourselves?
There is a good offer of self-help books, but my main recommendation is to get one of them with positive, pragmatic and realistic view as tools for our development. For example, Dr. Louise Hay for emotions and wrong beliefs, or even Dr. Harv Eker for guidance to a more successful life.
In the past there was a lot of stigma associated with going to therapy, but now it is rather fashionable. When is and when isn't help from a psychotherapist necessary?
The fact is looking for the best intervention that could be beneficial for us, not so in terms of psychotherapy. On the other hand still stays in Spain the stigma with therapy, but the healthiest person is the one who looks for a profesional aid when is having a problem.
How should one deal with a friend who "psychoanalyzes" without having been asked to do so?
I have to deal with people that consider themselves "natural psychologists" and I encourage to change the term to empathic, helpful, compassive. Psychologist is the professional that works in Psychology after finishing College studies and getting a title or a licence to work on it. Psychoanaliyzing? That comes from people that naively think that acting as they think Psychology is makes them able to dominate all people's thoughts and acts. And after finishing the degree a Psychologist doesn't know exactly how to "dominate" the knowledge of these acts.
Give us a simple prescription for happiness
My prescription is enjoying every single fact in our lives and looking for new projects and ideas to improve and develop.