Depression as “Learned Helplessness”.

Depression as “Learned Helplessness”.

In the beginning there was Freud and he was big. So big, in fact, that many people still confuse psychology with his brainchild, psychoanalysis. Freud’s great insight was that if you ask patients about their mental health problems they often have good reasons for behaving the way they do. In some ways psychotherapy is still a working out of what this means in practice. Freud had a lot to say about depression, or melancholia as...

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Men’s Midlife Crisis – it’s a Woman Thing?

Men’s Midlife Crisis – it’s a Woman Thing?

As a therapist that specialises in working with men, I have attracted a certain amount of media interest. At first I was flattered by the attention, after all, it gave me the opportunity to promote my practice. Then, as a pattern emerged, I became bemused and intrigued. The issue I am most often asked to comment on is “men’s midlife crisis”. From Red magazine to BBC Radio Manchester, successions of media reporters have been interested...

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Meditation Makes You Happy!

Meditation Makes You Happy!

As a regular meditator, I was intrigued to read research in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology which claims that meditation makes you happy. There are two kinds of meditation, the first kind helps you focus your attention, for example, on the breath. The second kind of meditation helps you to cultivate certain positive emotions. It was the second kind of meditation that the researchers claims help improve mood. 139 volunteers were randomly assigned...

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Study Shows Women are More Likely to be Violent in Relationships.

Study Shows Women are More Likely to be Violent in Relationships.

A new study from academics in Cumbria and Lancashire shows that women are more likely to resort to violence in relationships with men then the other way round. This doesn’t surprise me at all, as it is the best-kept secret in domestic violence. Of course there is a political agenda at play to demonize men and criminalize male violence.  The double standard is female violence is often condoned rather than condemned and excused rather than...

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