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  • Toxic Friends: 6 Ways To Tell Your Friends Are Worth Keeping.

    There is an old saying which I feel sure you’ve all heard before;  “In life you really only make a few real friends.  All the rest are acquaintances.”  So how do you tell if that friendship you’ve nurtured for so long is worth having.  Better still, how do you tell if a friendship has become toxic and isn’t doing you any good whatsoever.  Here are 6 ways to tell. (more…)

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  • Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining.

    Very cliche I know, but as with many cliches, there is often a remarkable thread of truth in it.  Regular readers may remember how I blogged about the Japanese Tsunami, the earthquakes  and how it will probably turn into a PTSD time bomb.  All negative stuff, but gratifyingly, scientists in Japan have seized the opportunity to conduct further research into the effects of PTSD on the brain. (more…)

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  • Tales of The Unexpected

    Just recently, I have had a good few clients who’s issues have been very much affected by expectancy.  Whether that’s because they have lived with their particular problem for so long and expect to continue living with it or whether they have been pleasantly surprised when the negative doesn’t happen regardless of whether they expected it or not, expectancy has played a part. (more…)

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  • Facebook Addiction – New Psychological Scale

    You would be forgiven for thinking that social media like Facebook is fast becoming something of a scourge of modern society.  I personally know of distasteful incidents in schools where Facebook has been the main catalyst for the presenting issues and barely a week goes by without some negative report in the popular media of someone getting themselves into trouble for questionable comment on Facebook, Twitter or similar. (more…)

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  • Are We Driving Ourselves Crazy?

    Interesting question.  Those of you that know me personally and, indeed, followers of this Blog, will already know that I own Huskies.  I’ve even gone as far as to call them my own therapy.  Recently, however, I got into a conversation with fellow therapists and Husky owners. (more…)

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  • The Holy Trinity

    Uh oh! He’s going all religious on us I hear you all cry, but I assure you that is not the case.  Perhaps this post would be better entitled “The Holy Trinity of Therapy” but I thought that was getting too “wordy” for a short snappy title.  So what is the Holy Trinity of Therapy? (more…)

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  • 30 Years On From The Falklands Conflict!

    A greatly publicized fact at the moment is the fact we are marking the 30th year since the awful events in the South Atlantic and a great many (on both sides) losing their lives in The Falklands War.  The News has reported on it and even magazine programmes like The One Show have have had articles on the subject.  However, very few report on the unseen injury that has befallen so many in the years since. (more…)

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  • Dieting Makes You FAT!!!

    Following on from my seemingly incongruent statement about chocolate not making you fat made in a post a little while ago, I’m now going to tell you that dieting actually makes you fat!  At least that is what an analysis of over 30 long term studies in this area would seem to indicate. (more…)

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  • Psychologically Pushing It

    With the London Marathon taking place this Sunday and, indeed, how could we miss the fact about some small event known as the Olympics looming large in our calendars, we often hear of sports people pushing themselves physically.  But, we hear less about the psychological set up of being able to push oneself to the very boundaries of one’s endurance. (more…)

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  • Violent Knights Feared Post-Traumatic Stress

    The term and complaint Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was not formally recognized until as late as 1980 subsequent to a lot of research conducted out of the Vietnam War.  Yet, as I demonstrate on the PTSD CPD Module I present for the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (ICH) (next being 28 Apr 12), the issue has been prevalent for many years before that.  (more…)

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