Shining Their Light: Marika "Maka" Melgar and Her Passion for Psychology

Shining Their Light: Marika "Maka" Melgar and Her Passion for Psychology

Maka Melgar was a literature major before she decided to go into the field of Psychology. "I [have always been] fascinated with storied lives", she said, "be it through books, film, art, or music." Having worked as a research analyst soon after university, she realized that business stories were not the kind that she wanted to understand. Her mom suggested that she enroll in a hypnosis workshop under the late Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. in Ateneo as she tried to figure out her next steps. This is where her journey with Psychology began.  

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3 Ways to Become More Authentic with Everybody

Au·then·tic·i·ty - a word that has been making waves everywhere lately has millenials and spiritual movements alike placing value on increased self-awareness. The word itself refers to reliability, dependability, accuracy, fidelity, and credibility, suggesting that in order to be trusted, one would first need to be completely honest with themselves, look deep into both the good and the ugly.  It is also a value that we can place on the way that we live life and treat other people. 

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Self-Compassion as a Stepping Stone to Health Behavior Change

Self-compassion, as it turns out, demands that we go beyond our comfort zones. While compassion may seem like the complete opposite of courage, I soon learned that courage and self-compassion actually came hand-in-hand.  Research shows that self-awareness plays a huge part in developing health behavior change, but if the awareness of ourselves is generally unpleasant, then we may look to food or other concrete aspects (like cigarettes, alcohol, etc) of life instead of long-term health goals (Adams & Leary, 2007).  Through better understanding of the self, however, my research has shown that self-compassion can help us acknowledge visible flaws that we might be willing to act upon. 

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