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Why Do We Have Halloween?

by Dr Holly Kahya - 16th October, 2018
Why Do We Have Halloween?

Why do we have Halloween? It’s time to carve and light the pumpkins, don the fangs and liberally drizzle the fake blood!  Halloween is the time to revel in the darkness and delight in savage, gruesome and thrilling.  Of course, this is particularly exciting for many of us precisely because we feel under a certain amount of social pressure from society to hide the less palatable sides of ourselves – our anger, envy, jealousy, greed; our raw ‘animal’ sides.  But for a long time, psychology has recognised that not only […]...

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Important Decisions – Part Two

The first part of this blog reviewed the factors that can interfere with the decision making process, the qualities that are necessary if an individual is to be decisive and what we risk if we are not. The second part of this blog looks at some practical techniques to optimise our decision making processes and thus protect our self esteem, confidence and mental health. When we make a decision we often have to tolerate some immediate or short term discomfort as we adjust to the consequent changes and wait to […]...

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Important Decisions – Part One

The first part of this blog explores why making important decision can be difficult and the psychological qualities that are necessary if we are to be decisive when under stress. Making good decisions, especially important ones is often anxiety provoking and paradoxically this anxiety makes a decision harder to come to. Making a decision results in a change of some sort, usually swapping what is familiar with what is unfamiliar, meaning that most decisions require a bit of a leap of faith because ultimately we can only guess at what […]...

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Getting Older – Part 3

by Dr Emma Gray - 17th November, 2014
Getting Older – Part 3

Parts one and two of this blog introduced some key psychological features that can enable us to embrace the inevitability of getting older; self esteem and regret. This final part looks in details at two further aspects, role and thinking styles. 1. Role As human being we need a purpose in life, a role. This does not mean that this role should define us, this in fact this is a risky strategy as over a life time roles changes, if one particular role (e.g. being a mother) is inextricably tied […]...

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