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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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The Heart Sutra and the Neuroscientist

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:02:46 +0000

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The neurosurgeon and the Buddhist practitioner are both intimate with the reality that between the atoms of the electrochemical dance of the brain lies an emptiness of anything at all which is solid and unchangeable, anything on which to lean. How to live in such a world?

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Creative Regeneration

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:41:54 +0000

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Bathing in my own attention, my breath, exercising the 'coming back' muscle whenever I get distracted, is what I call basic meditation. Every moment in this state is a moment of creative regeneration.

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New Year and Its Pressures

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:07:28 +0000

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At New Year there seems to be a lot of pressure -- to have a good time, to make New Year's eve a perfect night, and then to top it all with a fresh start in life. Does it have to be this way?

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Going at Your Own Pace

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:00:31 +0000

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When it feels like everything is speeding up around us, working against the tide and putting pressure on ourselves to force our own pace to match rarely offers the best way forward.

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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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