• What is a Phobia?

    I have been receiving a number of enquiries on the subject of phobias recently.  Yet a great many people are unclear on exactly what a phobia is.  I ask clients on their initial session if they have any other phobias to speak of, regardless of what their presenting issue is.  I often get the usual spiders, heights, flying and so forth, yet remarkably few of these are bad enough to be considered a phobia in the strictest terms.  So what actually is a phobia? (more…)

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  • Do YOU become Irritated?

    I know plenty of people that do!  Including me, I’m ashamed to say.  There are the day-to-day irritants that really bear no significance at all.  A certain song on the radio that all the radio stations seem to think is wonderful, thus play it ad nauseum, I find really rather irritating, mainly through it’s droning repetitive nature.  These sorts of things really don’t matter.  The irritants I am talking about are the thoughtless, even selfish or lazy actions of others that have the power to irritate the people close to them. (more…)

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  • The Costa Concordia Disaster – A PTSD Timebomb?

    Much has been reported in the various media about the awful events that occurred on the evening of 13 January 2012 when the Costa Concordia ran aground on the Island of Giglio off the Italian coast.  Reports have concentrated on the “How”, the “Why” and most definitely the confusion that ensued during the evacuation.  Blame is still being apportioned with the Captain, rightly or wrongly, being the main target.   (more…)

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  • The Management of Expectations.

    We all go through life expecting things to happen or perhaps even people to behave in a certain way.  For example, if someone you know makes a serious mistake, then one might reasonably expect that person to learn from their mistakes and not do it again.  So when it transpires that the said individual does make the same mistake again, our view of that person is dramatically changed and probably not for the better. (more…)

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  • Did You Miss Me?

    Through one thing and another, especially the Festive Season and many other things that have taken up my attention at the beginning of the New Year, my blog posts have become somewhat erratic in their regularity and even lacking in the past couple of weeks.  So, did you miss me? (more…)

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  • Onward and Upward!

    Taking down the Christmas Decorations this morning, the festive season now but a distant memory, I found my thoughts wandering to the usual negativity that seems to beset people at this time of year. (more…)

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  • Lying by Omission

    Now here’s something which many relationships fall foul of – lying by omission. No doubt there has been many a festive get together in some way tarnished by someone “dropping something out” which then causes an argument because someone else feels they should have known about it and clearly doesn’t, for whatever reason. (more…)

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  • A Merry Christmas From Insightz

    Nearly there now!  Gliding gracefully (or perhaps being dragged kicking and screaming) into the Christmas weekend.  As I write, looking out of my study window from time to time, I notice the first visitors arriving at neighbours houses.  Families re-uniting, hugs and kisses given freely.  This is a time of year where we can reflect on the year just gone, but not too much as we look forward to the year ahead.  Indeed, looking back over the many posts in my blog since I re-launched my website at the beginning of this year, I am a little overwhelmed at the depth and breadth of therapeutic subjects which I have talked about.  Laced, obviously, with a healthy amount of disgruntled ranting from time to time.  Hey, I may be a therapist, but I’m only human too.  So all that’s really left for me to do in this short and sweet post this morning is to PULL MYSELF OUT OF ANY “Bah-Humbug” mood that might threaten to discolour proceedings and offer my very best wishes for the festive season.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

    Christmas Santa Claus

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  • A Matter of Context

    Wrapping presents for Christmas recently, my thoughts were drawn to how the meaning of a thing can be changed just by changing the context in which it is received. (more…)

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  • The Power of Language

    Any decent hypnotist will confirm the fundamental power of language. Notwithstanding that it is thought that only around 7% of human communication is made up of the words we speak, that 7% has an incredible affect upon us. So this leads me to something of a rant on my blog this morning. (more…)

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