Men’s and Women’s Anger

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Everyone gets angry from time to time! In fact, according to research the average person will get angry at least four times a day. This is the first of a series of blogs about managing anger - looking at the work of clinical psychologist Harriet Lerner and also some interesting…

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Hidden Side of Burnout

This is my final blog looking at the excellent book by twin sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski "Burnout: The Secret To Solving The Stress Cycle".  I've called this the Hidden Side of Burnout because  I was especially impressed by the way that they look at less talked about pieces of…

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Prevent Burnout

Modern life is complex and stressful and we all suffer exhaustion, even burnout, at least at times. What steps can we take to prevent burnout? Emily and Amelia Nagoski, identical twin sisters with doctorates in human sexual behaviour (Emily) and music (Amelia) have written an excellent book about burnout, Burnout:…

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Stress and Burnout

This is my second blog looking at Emily and Amelia Nagoski's an excellent book about stress and burnout, Burnout: The Secret To Solving The Stress Cycle.  The Nagoskis offer straightforward solutions based on science but first we have to really understand what is meant by “the stress cycle” and how…

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Burnout

Modern life is complex and stressful and we all suffer mental and physical exhaustion at times. When does exhaustion become burnout? And what exactly is meant by burnout?  What is burnout? The term was first used in 1975 by German psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. Much research has been done since and…

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Grounding

What is Grounding? People often use the expression “I need to stay grounded” when they feel themselves being pulled too much into overthinking and worrying about things or being pulled into very strong emotions. As a counsellor, I find that knowing and using grounding tools and techniques can make a…

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Happiness

What is happiness and how can we hope to achieve it? That is I suppose one of life's Big Questions and one that we spend most of our lives trying to work out for ourselves! But I think that the work of American Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who I have…

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A State of Flow

What makes a life worth living? What do we really need in order to be happy? If you have ever felt completely absorbed in something, you might have been experiencing a mental state that psychologists refer to as a state of flow. Achieving this state can help people feel greater…

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