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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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Tips for Living the Fully Conscious Life

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:06:06 +0000

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Often, we're only half-listening or half-awake when we do things. That's the essence of life on autopilot. But there have been some truly remarkable souls among us who lived with greater than typical awareness.

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Not Moving the Place Where it Hurts

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:15:29 +0000

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Instead of tackling a problem 'head on', what if we just avoid it? This sounds counter-intuitive, but I don't mean pretending the problem doesn't exist; quite the contrary.

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The Inner Abuser

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:14:36 +0000

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Why do we tolerate comments from ourselves, which we would not tolerate from anyone else? Indeed, why do we sometimes allow whole running commentaries on our way of being to take up every second of the day and a significant amount of our mental and emotional space?

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The Sudden Desire to End Therapy: Resistance or Wisdom?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:38:43 +0000

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Often when clients suddenly decide they want to end therapy, therapists are encouraged by the 'therapy culture' to think of it as some kind of resistance to the process. I wonder, is this necessarily the case?

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Dealing With ‘Old’ Feelings, and the ‘Inner Child’ Cringe

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:50:36 +0000

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When you realise that overwhelming feelings can belong to you but not belong to you now or as the person you are today, it really is possible to soothe them in real time. Often these feelings belong to childhood, and turning to those child-feelings with gentleness is of huge benefit. So why does the term 'inner child' make me cringe?

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Terrealuma: Finding the Natural State

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:38:07 +0000

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As a child, playing in the garden, the blissful absence of having to think or to worry seemed to me like my natural state. But now as an adult, all the conditions seem to be against finding something like that natural state.

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It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:46:38 +0000

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I've been struck this week in my work by how important the attitude we strike is to the effectiveness of things we do to help ourselves. I am starting to believe that it is even possible to use a self-compassion technique so instrumentally that it brings us no real relief.

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The Power of a Simple Question: What Do I Want?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:59:07 +0000

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What do you want? It's a simple question but one that we are sometimes terrified to ask. Once we get used to it, however, it can have some radical, yet gentle effects.

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The Need for Regeneration

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:02:40 +0000

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Major life changes take their toll, and we all need time to regenerate. This is every bit as true of positive changes and achievements as it is of negative changes and trauma.

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Understanding Addictive Behavior Patterns

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:26:21 +0000

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Anyone struggling with addictive behavior patterns knows how perplexing and self-defeating they can be. But they also know what it's like to be held firmly in their grip.

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