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Are You Really Angry?

by Dr Emma Gray - 29th October, 2014
Are You Really Angry?

Anger serves an important function, we know this because we all feel it, suggesting that we have evolved to feel it. Anger alerts us to mistreatment of others but principally ourselves, it signal to us when our needs are not being met, needs that have to be met to ensure our physical and psychological well being. Without anger our species would not have been so successful or have survived so long. However, sometimes we feel angry in the absence of mistreatment, when our needs are not being neglected. Frequently anger […]...

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Why We Feel What We Feel

by Dr Emma Gray - 28th October, 2014
Why We Feel What We Feel

We have evolved to feel, therefore our emotions must serve a function, one intended to enhance our chances of survival. If we can understand a little more about why we experience certain emotions it better places us to tolerate and respond to them in ways that improve our lives, rather than feeling overwhelmed by them and responding in ways that don’t. Emotions enable us to navigate through life In essence it would seem that the function of emotions is to enable us to navigate through life, getting our needs met […]...

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What Causes Post Natal Depression (Part 2)

The first part of this blog looked at how previous episodes of depression and low self esteem can make a new mother vulnerable to post natal depression. Part 2 considers another three vulnerability factors. 1. Expectations of Motherhood The media presents motherhood in a way that creates very unrealistic expectations, how many times have you heard a new mother say that they didn’t realise how hard it was going to be? These expectations make the new mother vulnerable to depression when she realises she cannot meet them. Whether that it […]...

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How To Deal With Anger

by Dr Emma Gray - 15th October, 2014
How To Deal With Anger

The first step in dealing with Anger is to understand what is causing it. There are three main reasons that we feel anger and each indicates a different course of action. 1. Anger because your needs aren’t being met In its purest form anger is a response to unmet needs; we may feel angry because we are being treated badly for example. In this instance anger is an adaptive response to our environment; it is alerting us to a problem that we need to resolve. The important thing here is […]...

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