Category Archives: perspective on illness: personal

’Shades of Einstein”·. (Cont’d from previous blog).

Textbooks will ‘tell’ you that it was one Aaron T Beck who originated a theory of emotion and emotional problems, by defining their core problem in depression as a “thinking disorder”. This disorder, so he explained, developed out of “negative … Continue reading

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Thinking your way out of trouble. (Cont’d from prev.)

As With thinking, so also with behaviour: we can and we must sometimes unlearn problem and negative behaviour and replace it with something better, more productive. Indeed, it is the application of just such a proposition that leads the sports … Continue reading

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Change (of emphasis and perspective) can be as good as a rest. (Continued from previous blog).

I intend for a moment to return to the analogy of “the untidy room”, to which there is a self-evident need to restore at least a semblance of order out of chaos and upon which I opted to focus in … Continue reading

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The Brain ‘Minds’ the Body. (i) ( Continued from previous blog).

Having made reference to the manner in which the human brain has controlled and contributed to every aspect and facet of human functioning – conscious and otherwise – I want in this presentation to refer to another essential way in … Continue reading

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When Fact is Stranger than Fiction! (Continued). (From previous blog)

It is important to emphasize that what is being attempted here amounts to little more than a ‘cook’s tour’, incorporating only, where essential, the occasional rudimentary reference to brain neurobiology. In the first place, any detailed reference to the latter … Continue reading

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Introduction (Continued) (From previous blog)

I intend to follow on here immediately from the above (so it might be as well to read its last sentence again). In Greek history (within which both legend and myth are inextricably intertwined) Asclepius• was the god of healing. … Continue reading

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Introduction (Continued) (From previous blog)

in my most recent blog, I made specific reference to the well-documented triune relationship that we are all daily aware of, of body, mind and spirit. It is, of course, perfectly apparent that of the three, only body is open … Continue reading

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Depression iiib; when all the joy goes out of living.

Perhaps I might pause here from my account concerning Geraldine in my most recent blog; this in order to outline in greater detail a little more about chemically (or biogenically) induced depression. As it happens, we all – in the … Continue reading

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