Abandonment Issues & Relationships

Abandoned, lost property, All of the lost unclaimed things.  Do you fear that you might be discarded, lost and left behind? Abandoned children and animals are very vulnerable.  Abandonment threatens our security.  As adults we may be less vulnerable now, but if you … Read More

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Toxic Siblings

Not all sibling relationships are healthy. A toxic sibling relationship is an unbalanced relationship.  It may be complicated by a history of abuse and dysfunctional sibling rivalries. Often this develops out of problems within parental relationships, or parental psychological problems. … Read More

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Surviving Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a broad diagnosis that describes the way in which our emotional responses to other people can be complicated and unpredictable.  Whereas many people may remain, on a day-to-day basis, within the same emotional range, people … Read More

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Emotional Affair

An emotional affair happens in an area of uncertainty. You become aware that you have become more than friends with someone other than your partner. There may be no physical or sexual interaction, but the connection is emotional, it involves … Read More

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Boarding School Syndrome and Attachment Theory

What is Boarding School Syndrome? Boarding School Syndrome describes disorganised patterns of emotional attachment that are (for some people), a consequence of the disruption of being sent away to boarding school. Something that complicates this experience is: that the fact … Read More

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Erotic Fantasy

Erotic fantasy is a pattern of thought, or an idea or image, that stimulates someone’s sexual response or is sexually arousing.  It is a necessary part of human biology and mental activity and response, without it human reproduction would be … Read More

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Narcissistic Wound

A narcissistic wound describes both: the sense of disturbance in our sense of how we relate to ourselves, and, the sense of disturbance in our sense of how we relate to other people.  While the word ‘narcissism’ has a disparaging … Read More

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Emotional Permanence

Emotional permanence refers to our capacity to believe in the feelings of other people even when we are not with them.  For example, to know that your partner loves you even when you are not together.  For some of us, … Read More

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Object Constancy

Object constancy refers to our ability to retain a stable relationship and emotional connection with another person, even when that relationship encounters problems. When things go wrong in your life or your relationships, do you take it in your stride, … Read More

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I Hate My Body

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition in which a person spends a lot of time worrying over problems in their appearance. These problems are often not recognised by other people. People of any age … Read More

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