What Can Be Done in Psychotherapy?

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By way of analogy, imagine the noise if an orchestra played without first tuning up. Discordant results would follow. But if the musicians could recognise the problem, stop playing and tune up before continuing, then the intended melodies and harmonies … Continued

When Our Moods Are Disturbed

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Our moods may be disturbed by chance, by the sudden changing circumstances of external events. The ordinary human events, births, deaths, illnesses, divorces, redundancies, all of these things take time to adapt to. But the harder problem can be when … Continued

Benign Therapeutic Molecules

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Traumatic events can generate lasting complex psychological states in the minds of the traumatised. These are states which persist in the psyche and memory and which are then evoked, triggered, and activated by chance events. Suddenly someone says something out … Continued

Take a Look at the Language You Use

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By way of explaining Sebastian Vettel’s decision to ignore Team Red Bulls’ instructions, a sports psychologist writes: ‘all the training has produced hard wired neural circuitry… In competition he is trained to overtake a slower car’. Now there may be … Continued

Out of the Blue

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So there’s you, passing the stations from High Wycombe to Marylebone, then going down the escalator to the Bakerloo line. When today, for no particular reason, your rhythm is interrupted,and,perhaps prompted by a story in a throwaway morning paper, you … Continued

Changing Direction

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Some people, perhaps like David Bowie or Picasso, seem to instinctively know how to renew their lives, how to transform themselves. By doing so they find new ways of working and head for new goals. Other people may lack such … Continued

A Problem Is Not an Illness

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Realising that we have a problem with something, be that shyness, or depression does not mean that we have an illness. It means that there is something in our lives that requires attention, but that should not be taken as … Continued