Clinical Audit

For as long as I can remember I have struggled to manage my emotions. Everything will be fine one moment, and then out of the blue something will go wrong. I will start to feel a deep sense of injustice … Read More

Rethink Mental Illness

What is meant when it is asserted that someone is mentally ill? In this essay I shall describe the main uses of the concept of mental illness, and I shall argue that this notion has outlived whatever cognitive usefulness it … Read More

Expecting Too Much

What it would be like if you could stop expecting too much? If you could let things develop in their own way. My old girlfriend used to say I was too reactive.  I couldn’t see it at the time, but … Read More

Countertransference

I am very sensitive to other people, to how they react to me.  It’s like I have a 6th sense. I instinctively know what they think of me.  I think it’s like my superpower.  I pick up on things really … Read More

Wishful Thinking

Wishful thinking describes the formation of beliefs that are based on what we want to imagine happening rather than what is happening.  In wishful thinking, we overlook the evidence, the facts, and concentrate on what we wish for instead. Is it … Read More

Post Traumatic Growth

This post is a response to an article by Martin Seligman Building Resilience, which was originally published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2011. It seems ironic to me, that the testing ground of positive psychology became the US Army.  … Read More