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Midlife Crisis

by Dr Emma Gray - 21st January, 2013
Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis Towards the middle of our lives we experience a flood of awareness. This can be triggered by any number of events including health problems, divorce, death or children leaving home. At this point in our lives we realise that we have lived at least half of our life, we start to review what we have achieved and consider what is left. We have to come to terms with our limitations and unfulfilled dreams and the ease with which we negotiate this rite of passage depends upon a number […]...

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It seems that our greatest fears and worries and the mental health problems that arise from them are underpinned in the most part by one of two key concerns, either a belief in our own worthlessness or a belief that we will be abandoned by those that we love. The extend to which we all hold these core beliefs depends on our early experiences and their influence on us on an on going basis will be determined by whether or not these beliefs have been triggered by our current experience. […]...

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Why Enough Is Never Enough

Evolutionary Psychologists suggest that our brains have evolved to cope with scarcity not abundance which is why we struggle to say ‘no’ and know when ‘enough is enough’. Add this to a marketing industry that spends billions on ensuring we are never content and it become incredibly hard to know where to draw the line in the sands of striving and achieving. This challenge is made even harder if constantly striving for more has become a way of coping with low self esteem and feeling of worthlessness. Constantly reaching for […]...

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What Is Real Success?

by Dr Emma Gray - 13th July, 2012
What Is Real Success?

Success is the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted. The natural starting position for success therefore is of not having yet achieved, the end point recognising when you have. However, for those with low self esteem and high self criticism, the tendency to minimise or ignore what they have accomplished means that success for them remains forever what has not yet been achieved. Things that have been accomplished are quickly disregarded if they are ever acknowledged at all and new goals are continuously identified and set so that these […]...

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