I know folks, it's been a while since my last blog. And that's probably, partially, because of the topic of today's blog. I have to admit, I'm feeling a little befuddled and left behind by technology today. Don't get me wrong, I'm no technophobe. I'm quite proud of my ability to teach myself something. I'm building my own websites, running two FB fan pages, blogging, becoming a novice photographer and learning the piano.
The onesie? Really?
Okay, I know this is not exactly a fashion critiquing website but I just had to have my say over the latest fashion craze. And, I promise that this post does have psychological relevance.
ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?
Have you ever shouted this question? If you have a husband, boyfriend, son, father or male of any description in your life, chances are that you've shouted it a few times yourself. Whilst already knowing the answer to be no. And wait! Before you get all jumpy about my being sexist on the subject, I refer you to the book by Barabara and Allan Pease entitled, "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps"
I am a huge fan of Bi-Carb Soda. And I've always believed that there is no job Bi-Carb can't do. Well, even I couldn't have imagined just how amazing Bi-Carb can be. An Italian Oncologist, Dr Tullio Simonchini, is successfully using Bi-Carb for the treatment of cancer.
DID YOU KNOW:
That our brains are always seeking completion? I talk to my clients about it all the time, how our brain looks to complete patterns. If half of the pattern is having a drink in one hand, then completing it might be to have a cigarette in the other, which is why smokers struggle so much to stop. If half of the pattern is eating dinner, completing it might be to then eat something sweet.
Yesterday I had my parents, two Aunts and Uncle over for lunch. Only two of us drank and I think we got through a bottle of champers and a bottle of red over the course of about four hours. After everybody had left, and Josh had gone to play Soccer, I decided to make a few notes for this blog entry on food, red wine and how much is too much? I recalled watching shows on the Crime Channel where the driver had to recite their alphabet to prove they weren't drunk. I'd always wanted to try it and, finally, yesterday, I remembered to give it a go.
Ruby Jane 'pee pee pants' Back! - 14th February 2013
"You could cut the tension with a knife!" Its a strange sensation, when we walk into a room and sense something is not quite right. Or, equally, when someone walks into a room we're already in.
Have you ever noticed how whatever you do, wherever you go, or how old you are, being popular or not being popular is still an important part of life? It may be defined differently, as you age, but it's still there. In school in the 80's, being popular was defined by the latest cutting edge music you listened to (like the Footloose Soundtrack, or Flock of Seagulls); owning a pink Ghetto Blaster, top of the line BMX, neon socks and a fluorescent "Choose Life" or "Frankie says Relax" shirt.
Some time last year, not long after buying our house, our little Jack Russell, Katie-Rose escaped through a hole in the fence. And so, I found the hole and blocked it. She found another. I blocked it. She found another and I threatened her with horrific tales of little dogs losing fights to big trucks. She tilted her head at me and wagged her tail, not understanding a word - just listening for the two she knew best, fetch and eat.
I was recently reading an article about the latest release of the psychology handbook “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” or DSM-5. It got me thinking about the mental health industry and whether its professionals are at risk of over analysing normal human behaviours, labelling them then medicating them. Let me give you some examples.
About this blog!
I don't think it’s healthy for people to believe that counsellors and psychologists are perfect. We are people too! To show you that you are not alone in your procrastination, botched diets, lost tempers, problematic behaviours, relationship issues, bad habits, emotional meltdowns and wardrobe tantrums (deep breath) . . . I'll be looking at myself through a pretty candid lens throughout this blog. I'll be working on changing myself for the better and, hopefully, you'll join me for the ride! Not only will you learn the most effective therapeutic techniques but also that although we professionals don't always have our S*** together, it's what we do when it hits the fan that counts!