World Mental Health Day: It can happen to anyone

At the moment we are talking a lot about mental health, it is after all mental health week and to be sure it is a subject that needs to be addressed not for a week or a day but at all times. It is a start anyway and a mighty good one at that… What’s important to remember is that feeling blue to the point of questioning one’s place in the here and now, hearing voices, feeling paranoid, hyper anxious and irrational, do not happen to “special” people, chosen by fate/destiny/environment individuals or the neighbours down the street: it can […]

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Somatisation and the Wounded Soul

Aches and pains are a normal if unpleasant part of life and we learn from birth to deal with it.  Our earliest environment provides the model of response that we will use for most of our life in regard to ill health.   Health however does not exist in a vacuum, it often if not always, is an expression of a whole state of being: a physical state of health is also the barometer of psychological wellbeing and the latter is, generally speaking, the best defence against ill health.  I contend however, to go further than that. The premise here places […]

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The Abandonment of the Child (within)

Of all the archetypes that C G Jung comprehensively explored, the archetype of The Child is probably the one least comprehended.  Easily confused  with the literal child unto whom we project our intense desire to re-acquaint ourselves to the characteristics of The Child energy forgetting in the process the “perverse derelictions” as James Hillman described it that are part and parcel of this major archetype. The 20th and 21st centuries may very well be recognised as the centuries of idealisation and sentimentalism of childhood and therefore of the child.  From child exploitation to child coddling we have swung the pendulum, desperately […]

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Bullying: Curse of the 21st century?

Before anything else I want to thank all of you who are reading my blog and leaving these wonderful comments.  Thank you and please keep on sharing your thoughts and your enthusiasm. As anybody ever heard of a labour of hate? Probably not in these words but I bet that many of you, if not all of you out there have experienced at least once in their lives being victimised by another.  Some call it “bullying”, french psychiatrist and writer Marie-France HIrigoyen calls it “Moral Stalking”,  another definition for it can be “Emotional and Psychological Torture”.  The fact is that […]

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I love you, I hate you

Most of you readers have met some people sporting tattoos on their hands that read ” love” on one hand and “hate” on the other and although sometimes we recoil from such distasteful display and may feel secretly a bit frightened of encountering such individuals in darker alleys, there is something to be said about the message that is actually conveyed. More to the point, there may be some truth to the blunt visual statement that is in our face delivered from some strange knuckles. For the longest of time we have been told that hate is not an acceptable […]

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