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How To Fail – The Most Important Lesson To Teach Our Children

Encouraging competition and achievement is the cornerstone of capitalism and the foundation upon which western societies are built and as a result our fear of failure is frequently the biggest obstacle that we face when embarking upon new challenges.  However, every psychological study of enhancing success says that if you want to help people gain confidence and succeed you need

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EMDR Counselling – Does it work?

Heralded as a ‘miracle cure’, EMDR has an almost cult like following amongst some practitioners. Maybe it our wish to believe in the existence of a quick fix magical solution to our problems or just our fascination with the Victorian parlour trickery but few psychological treatments have received such remarkable attention, especially in the absence of a solid evidence base

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Excercise to beat depression

Walk to combat depression

It has long been recognised that vigorous exercise such as going to the gym, running, swimming and cycling can alleviate the symptoms of Depression. New research, published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity , has shown that walking also has a ”large effect” on depression and an individuals mental health. As simple a task as taking a brisk

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Why is being confident so important?

The Importance Of Confidence We are all born with a combination of attributes both physical and psychological. The range of these attributes is diverse from physical attractiveness and strength to intelligence and artist creativity and also variable. However, it is not where in the metaphorical queue for these characteristics we were standing that determines how influential a part of our

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When Are You Most Likely To Need Counselling

When are you most likely to need counselling?

“The only thing in life that is constant is change” and change is a necessary part of our development as individuals. However change involves swapping what is familiar with what is not. This can be very unsettling and if we lack confidence in ourselves, the people around us or feel that the world is fundamentally unsafe than we may be

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Depression

Calls to Mental Health Services rise by almost a third in the last 12 months

Mental health charity Mind has reported a 28% annual increase in calls to it’s helpline and blames the recession for the rise. Calls regarding personal finance and job security have doubled in that time as families and individuals find their personal finances are stretched ever further as the costs of food, fuel and clothes continue to rise whilst salaries are

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MP Charles Walker

Mental health taboos challenged in Parliament

One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.  However despite this, mental health continues to be a taboo topic with the problems that people experience, surrounded by stigma, creating obstacles to treatment and an exacerbation of symptoms via isolation and hopelessness about change. In a first for British parliament

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Vitruvian Man

An Insight Into How Our Minds Works

One day, an old chef was walking by the river with his grandson, thinking about what wisdom to impart to the boy. He told him that our minds are like the river: ever flowing. But within the flowing waters are different currents, and so it is within our minds. Inside himself, the old chef said, he can sometimes feel two

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Incredible hulk getting angry

Why Anger Is Good For Us

Anger is without a doubt the emotion with the worst reputation. It provokes more fear, shame and attempts at suppression than all the other emotions put together. More than 1 in 10 people report having a problem controlling their anger but less than 50% of those actually seek help. However anger, like all the emotions that we experience serves a

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doctor taking patients notes

Mental Health Treatment: Is The NHS Letting You Down?

There are more people on capacity benefits due to mental health problems than the total number of unemployed people on job seekers allowance. By 2030 Depression will be the world’s most common illness according to the World Health Organisation. As evidence suggests that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is currently the most effective treatment available for a range of mental health problems

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Can Trying To Be Happy Make You Miserable?

There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way Part of the reason we are so successful as a race is our drive to improve and develop. We are always striving for the next thing, to be more, to be richer, thinner, healthier, younger and happier. These goals create Anxiety or pressure which motivates us

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