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R D Laing | a divided self

Born an only child in Glasgow in 1927, Ronald David Laing often claimed that his parents were psychologically ‘peculiar’. His father had a breakdown when Laing was in his teens. Laing studied medicine at the University of Glasgow but failed his exams in 1951 and had to re-sit these…

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Wonderful or weird? A short film on psychoanalysis

The Institute of Psychoanalysis has commissioned a short animated film that sets out to demonstrate the function and process of psychoanalysis. The patient, dressed in worried black, attempts to resolve a perceived issue with his boss. Using free association and dreams, the…

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Living Well

Facing sexual issues

Sexual issues are common. Sex taps into many different parts of us: the emotional, the physical, the psychological and even the spiritual. The opportunity for something to go wrong in our sexual wiring is great. Most people will experience some kind of sexual dysfunction at some point in…

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Notable People in Therapy

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross | a life devoted to death and dying

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was born one of triplets in Zurich in 1926. About her early life in Zurich, she said in an interview, ‘In Switzerland I was educated in line with the basic premise: work work work. You are only a valuable human being if you work. This is utterly wrong. Half working, half dancing…

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Notable People in Therapy

Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers

Katharine Briggs (1875 – 1968) had a life-long interest in human development and a particular interest in why people were different from each other. She witnessed differences in personality among the people around her and began formulating her own theories around the causes of…

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Sexting among children and adolescents is on the increase

Schools around the UK have known for some time of cases where children text naked images of themselves from their mobile phones. The practice of ‘sexting’ is becoming more common as a generation of children grow up entirely comfortable recording the details of their personal lives…

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Living Well

The unspeakable emotions

If you have ever experienced a distinct but unfamiliar feeling that you couldn’t quite name, you might have encountered one of the many emotions for which there are no words in English. Though no language is sophisticated enough to name all human emotions, when it comes to describing…

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Online dating | useful tips for making online relationships

Technology has changed the way people meet. Whether we’re looking for a life partner, friendship or something more casual, many relationships now start online. The number of people using social networking sites has steadily increased over the past 10 years. Online dating is now a socially…

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Too much sleep may be as harmful as too little

The study examined 9,000 English people over one month and found that those aged 50-64 who slept more than eight hours a night had poor memory and decision-making abilities similar to those who slept less than six hours per night. The optimal range of sleep for adults in this age range…

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Psychology Essays/Articles

Introducing Compassion-focused Therapy, by Professor Paul Gilbert

In his paper, Professor Paul Gilbert sets out to explain the fundamental principles of his science-based model, Compassion-focused Therapy, now being used by many therapists in the treatment of shame, high levels of self-criticism and low self-worth. He explains the basis of his theory, often…

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