leadership and authoritarianism

The appeal of Big Brother

You can’t get a job, a passport, a loan, a mortgage, insurance or a good school place for your children.  Why? ...

Group therapy cover image

Why you could get a lot out of group therapy

‘It’s a real adventure.  You’re constantly discovering new things about yourself and other people.  You get the...

Words fail me

One of the worst blunders in the history of foreign language translation was made by a Russian interpreter assisting...

Holidays and happiness

We’re all glowing on a summer holiday

It started to go wrong on the ferry over.  He’d built his car himself from a kit and it was his pride and joy.  He...

Psychological factors for pain

That pain could be telling you something interesting

Three engineering students were talking about what kind of God designed the human body.  The first said, ‘God must be...

School of fish - group psychotherapy photos

Who does your mind belong to?

Are you the sole owner of your mind?  Maybe not quite as much as you think. A while back I came across an empty...

Midlife crisis - Surrey counselling

Midlife crisis? Go on, you know you deserve it.

Age-inappropriate cravings for sports cars, affairs with secretaries, mutton dressed as lamb – all stereotypes of the...

Burnout - causes and solutions

Your candle burned out long before the penny ever dropped

Burnout is insidious.  Its causes –chronic stress chief among them – are cumulative and it’s easy not to realize...

Why people look miserable in art galleries - The superego

Why people look miserable in art galleries

A colleague of mine recently went to see an exhibition at the Tate Britain.  He really enjoyed himself because it was...

A star field use to represent stress

All stressed up and nowhere to go

What you find stressful someone else may not.  The experience of stress varies from person to person, depending on our...