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Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life



Looking at life through the prism of psychology, philosophy, mental health and more. Originally created by counsellor, psychotherapist and philosopher Dr Greg Mulhauser, this blog is now the work of an international team of contributors.



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Free Counselling — Who Pays?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:33:07 +0000

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There's a glaring contradiction involved in the way counsellors work with people to enable them to affirm themselves and the way they can appear -- either as saviours from above and beyond the daily struggle, as martyrs sacrificing themselves for others, or just as well-meaning people with no sense of their own value.

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Unleash Your Creativity This Spring

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:22:57 +0000

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It's Spring, a season of creative disturbance. Once out of the cocoon of Winter, everything starts to move and change. There's a mix of cold and sun, and everything's in flux; it can seem like one step forward and two steps back, yet it's all moving forward.

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Death, Stress and Chocolate

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 15:54:24 +0000

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Good Friday is a time of darkness and depletion that comes right before the light, a time set aside to contemplate suffering. I was forcing my system on full steam ahead and it felt all wrong.

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Self-Compassion, or Unconditional Positive Regard?

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:22:39 +0000

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The act of intentionally extending compassion to yourself might seem counterintuitive, selfish, artificial, or just plain weird. This is where the concept of unconditional positive regard comes in handy.

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The Importance of Safety — But is There Any Such Thing?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:36:31 +0000

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A sense of safety is a crucial human need, and working with trauma and anxiety is all about finding this sense of a secure base in the world. However, given our position in the universe, whizzing around on a rock in the middle of infinite space, with pretty much the only certainty in our life being the fact that we will die, is it not a little crazy to imagine that we are safe?

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The Power of Admitting What Really Hurts

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:35:06 +0000

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Keeping up the illusion that something doesn't hurt is so very energy-consuming -- you really have no idea until you stop doing it and experience the energy which is freed up for use on other things, or simply for enjoyment of life.

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The National Snow Breakdown

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:34:22 +0000

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Britain's recent brush with snow leaves me wondering what would happen to our infrastructure if something more significant actually happened.

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Sense of Self and the Traffic in Kathmandu

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:32:09 +0000

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If I am an individual whose rights and autonomy are sacred, then someone else's path crossing mine can feel like an infringement, even a cause of anger. But what if I feel like a part of a collective whole?

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The Mass Killing Meme: What Can We Do?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:07:18 +0000

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My sense is that the cases of young terrorists and young school shooters have strong similarities in terms of underlying anger, hurt, and other feelings, coupled with an inability to communicate those feelings and be heard.

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Stop Suppressing Your Potential

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:36:13 +0000

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How can we best tweak and optimise our mental machinery for peak performance? Drugs and some forms of meditation are offered as means to the goal. But what if 'savant' skills were actually in some sense our mind's default, before we all got so educated, and so distracted?

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