I wanna be like you?

Why did he copy his tormentors? As a child and later a teenager in Mao’s Cultural Revolution, President Xi Jinping of...

New Year, New Hope

You may have a great opportunity before you, presented by a New Year.  As we stand at the end of the old and the start...

Happy Christmas or Bleak Midwinter?

‘Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind’.  The words of US President Calvin Coolidge.  What state...

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? ...

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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...

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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...