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George Orwell foresaw it in his classic 1984. Those who did not conform and kowtow would have to be re-educated to fit into either Communist or Fascist perfection. The word… Continue Reading…

Re-education is so good for you

George Orwell foresaw it in his classic 1984. Those who did not conform and kowtow would have to be re-educated to fit into either Communist or Fascist perfection. The word ‘kow tow’ is, in fact, of Chinese origin. In some secrecy, China has been operating re-education camps for over five years.…

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After Stephen Dymond was found dead, ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle show. Dymond had recorded an episode in which he failed a lie detector test – that not too reliable… Continue Reading…

RISK & REALITY

After Stephen Dymond was found dead, ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle show. Dymond had recorded an episode in which he failed a lie detector test – that not too reliable technique. Stephen Dymond’s fiancée had accused him of being unfaithful and she broke up with him. The question of how television…

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Sensing the murder of the young journalist Lyra Mckee was a disaster for them, the Real Ira admitted it had ‘made a mistake’. If you are going to murder people… Continue Reading…

A RADICAL CURE

Sensing the murder of the young journalist Lyra Mckee was a disaster for them, the Real Ira admitted it had ‘made a mistake’. If you are going to murder people in the name of a cause, the killers should at least make sure they hit the right targets. The massacre of…

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A Room in Town is running a workshop that will explore how to work with clients with addictions can be understood using a psychodynamic approach.

An emphasis will be on the… Continue Reading…

A Room in Town CPD Workshop on Addiction

A Room in Town is running a workshop that will explore how to work with clients with addictions can be understood using a psychodynamic approach. An emphasis will be on the therapist’s understanding of the transference relationship and the particular importance this has in work with clients and addiction. There will…

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Both autistic spectrum disorder and the ‘milder’ Asperger’s syndrome have been in the news lately since Hans Asperger turns out to have been a  Nazi sympathiser. That is not so… Continue Reading…

A SURPRISING TEENAGE AUTHOR

Both autistic spectrum disorder and the ‘milder’ Asperger’s syndrome have been in the news lately since Hans Asperger turns out to have been a  Nazi sympathiser. That is not so surprising, however, as most German psychiatrists backed the regime. Hitler’s psychiatrists – if one can call them that – were…

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I was once a trustee of a charity which changed its name from the Mental After Care Association to the more modern vibe, Working Together for Well Being. We were… Continue Reading…

BREX-STRESS and WELL BEING

I was once a trustee of a charity which changed its name from the Mental After Care Association to the more modern vibe, Working Together for Well Being. We were ahead of the curve as a large tech company recently advertised for a ‘Wellbeing Manager’, to provide support’ for its…

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“In my early professional years, I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How… Continue Reading…

Thoughts for Therapists: 3 ways to offer therapeutic containment

“In my early professional years, I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?” Carl Jung It’s a big step qualifying…

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Addressing the World Economic Council in Davos on January 23rd, Prince William blamed his mother’s generation for inadvertently causing Britain’s mental health crisis. He blamed the attitudes that were necessary… Continue Reading…

Princes with insight

Addressing the World Economic Council in Davos on January 23rd, Prince William blamed his mother’s generation for inadvertently causing Britain’s mental health crisis. He blamed the attitudes that were necessary during the Second World War. In the stress of war, people were encouraged to say ‘mustn’t grumble’ and keeping a…

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January is the month of resolutions and since psychologists are omnivorous, there is research on the subject of New Year’s Resolution. 50% of us make them but only 10`% keep… Continue Reading…

The month of resolutions

January is the month of resolutions and since psychologists are omnivorous, there is research on the subject of New Year’s Resolution. 50% of us make them but only 10`% keep them which proves that Oscar Wilde’s epithet – I can resist anything except temptation – was nearly right.  I don’t…

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Think of a day in your life.

How often do you feel angry?

How often happy?

How often just irritated?

Being angry is like having mumps, the philosopher J.L Austin wrote. His book, “How… Continue Reading…

What bugs you?

Think of a day in your life. How often do you feel angry? How often happy? How often just irritated? Being angry is like having mumps, the philosopher J.L Austin wrote. His book, “How to do Things with Words”, remains a classic of linguistic philosophy. Austin was right as many people find it hard…

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