Identity

Mind Games…

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The term ‘mind games’ has emerged this week in many guises in my life. Whenever I am researching a potential character for my writing, I look around in the world to see how people operate. Usually it’s physical traits I look for, such as facial expressions or non-verbal communication, as writing these actions in gives […]

Creativity

What made you do it?

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I love writing and as a psychologist I’m not so interested in how we use the structure of language and writing rules. Although these are an integral aspect of writing that we must observe for the sake of understanding meaning, I think more about why people write as opposed to how people write. Twitter is […]

Change

Change is good…

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It’s been a funny couple of weeks with a couple of u-turns. The most significant was my return to fiction writing. I decided on a change of genre and wrote a psychological thriller – they say write what you know! I ‘d had a big break from fiction writing because of disillusionment with the publishing […]

Meaning

Narrative therapy and the power of owning your own story

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Narrative psychology is concerned with storytelling and how this is contextualised in everyday life. Narrative therapy can include the process of reframing this story in the light of exploring new awareness. However, this should not be confused with person-centred counselling, or with other methodologies that require ‘outcomes’ or measurement. To celebrate the publication of my […]

Philosophy

Layers of life – ups and downs

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Yesterday I visited the National Air Traffic Control Centre and stood in the viewing gallery marvelling at how the people controlling the flights looked so calm and relaxed. I found out something I never realised before, despite being a regular flyer: how the airspace is split both horizontally and vertically. This made me suddenly very […]

Love

Stopping and looking around..

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Advice about achieving your dreams and having a happy life are centered on moving forward – onwards and upwards. We often feel like we have nothing, or not enough, and that we have empty lives that we must fill with ‘something more’. Sometimes, though, it’s good to look around and really appreciate what you have. […]

Narrative

Deeper and wider

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I’ve had some very deep conversations with some very interesting people this week. Sometimes life is like that for me, I can incubate my own ideas for a while and than someone comes along and adds to them, taking me on a different trajectory. Whilst I have my own opinions, I’m fully aware that I’m […]

Philosophy

Trees and numbers

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I just watched the film Pi. It was my second attempt to watch it – the first time ironically gave me a migraine with the flashing lights. The reason I watched it is partly because someone on Facebook recommended it when I posted about patterns in nature and partly because I have been thinking very […]