July 20, 2020

Who among us would seriously court emotional discomfort or pain? How can it make

any sense to go out of our way to feel sad, unhappy, anxious or angry? Equally, who

among us would not wish to be free of our emotional discomfort or pain? How can it

make any sense to feel s...

January 11, 2020

It seems to me that we could do worse than take some time to consider in a little

more detail what has become a rather overused word - stress.

How often do we hear that somebody is ‘a bit stressed’? So often, I suggest, that we

take for granted what they mean by it and th...

November 7, 2019

It’s probably true that we are in a progressive Age of Feeling. Whether or not we feel  

more than we ever did is unlikely, but it seems to be the case that we show our

feelings more. We’re urged to do so because it is deemed to be a healthier

alternative to the stiff upp...

July 11, 2019

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. American President, Franklin D.

Roosevelt, coined this phrase in 1933 and it is the one that most often comes to

mind when seeking to help people towards their emotional and mental liberation. It is

a haunting phrase sure eno...

May 9, 2019

It occurs to me that I hear too often of late a phrase that has become embedded in

our psyches and is used as a concise catch-all to help us understand our behaviours

or the behaviour of others: low self-esteem. We use it not only to make sense of

behaviours and motivatio...

April 7, 2019

After the recent, appalling event in Christchurch, New Zealand - the mass murder of

 many worshipping Muslims - the long-lasting and far-reaching effects of trauma on

all those involved will, I’m sure, be widely understood and commented upon. We

accept that post-traumatic...

February 22, 2019

Liam Neeson’s comments have caused controversy over the past month. The

Premiere of his latest film has been cancelled, or at least postponed, and

commentators allude to the end of his career. Some, though, have come to his

defence, notably John Barnes and, in a brief rad...

January 25, 2019

In my blog on loneliness, I made mention of social media. Today, we are hearing of

its role in aggravating the tragic suicide of a fourteen-year-old girl and the

devastating effect that her parents believe it has had. An apology for its influence

has been issued and there...

December 31, 2018

The birth of a new year has an optimistic effect on most of us. It seems to offer the

opportunity to put all bad feelings and judgements behind us. Traditionally, it is the

time for resolutions, giving us the chance to start again, to ‘move forward’. 

Acknowledging the mi...

November 28, 2018

Christmas is almost upon us again with all its attendant pressures and expectations,

commercial, social and emotional. Some, if not most, of these are obvious and have

had many words written about them over as many years.

The voices denouncing its increasing commercialism...

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