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Sometimes feelings and thoughts can overwhelm us. We might feel totally consumed by an emotion. The way we describe and give an account of these thoughts and emotions are important. However language is imprecise and doesn’t always do justice to … Continue reading I was delighted to contribute a blog post to Coffee Birmingham. The site is dedicated to raising the profile of Birmingham’s independent coffee shops. The post is entitled Confidence, Coaching and a Cup of Coffee. Essentially it’s about how a … Continue reading Most people at some time are plagued by self-doubt. Many people struggle to accept compliments and praise. A key factor is practice. Certainly, in Britain there’s a saying that self-praise is no praise at all. I’d like to counter that … Continue reading Is mindfulness becoming a dirty word? Has it become the most over-used concept since Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Judging from some of the comments I hear in coaching consultations and training, for some people it has taken on all the … Continue reading Displacement activities are things we choose to do instead of doing the things we are supposed to be doing. Many of us have at sometime succumbed to the lure of de-scaling the kettle over the call of a pressing deadline. … Continue reading In psychology we know that the states of anxiety and relaxation cannot co-exist. This has become the mainstay of behavioural therapy for dealing with phobias and other anxiety disorders. We can also adapt this approach when dealing with ‘difficult people’. … Continue reading You can have a bookcase full of self-help books and attend all the top personal development courses but if you don’t put them into practice then what is the point? My approach to personal and professional development is solution focused … Continue reading When new clients approach me one of the first questions is whether coaching or counselling would be best suited to their needs. Getting the right sort of professional support from the outset is important. Coaches should be primarily concerned with … Continue reading Some people seem to cope with change better than others, even though change is inevitable. Change is happening all the time. The ancient Chinese book of philosophy and guidance, The I Ching is known as ‘The Book of Change(s)’, recognizing … Continue reading In many ways, this post seems at odds with recent psychology and coaching posts. However it’s really just a piece about how we think about the world and our inherent need to classify. Over the past few years I’ve noticed … Continue reading How we cope with change depends on our psychological hardiness (similar to resilience) is a personality style proposed by psychologists Suzanne Kobasa and Salvatore Maddi and comprises three attitudes – the three Cs: commitment, control, and challenge. Individuals ‘high in hardiness’ … Continue reading I’ve gathered my student-focused study skills based post into one convenient place. They cover most things from lectures, exams and revision as well as essay writing. As a psychology student,I have used these techniques myself and they have served me … Continue reading Reblogged from Dr Gary Wood's PsyCentral Blog: Dear New Student, You are about to embark on an exciting journey so I thought I’d offer a few pointers that have served me very well in my learning journey so far. Returning … Continue reading Body language, properly non-verbal communication, has become something of an obsession. I’ve written a number of posts about the supposed 55-38-7 rule and how it is often used out of context. A number of people have suggested that if I … Continue reading When stand-up comedian, James Cook, sent me a Facebook message that read ‘I think we may have something in common’. I was intrigued. I’d attended James’s Stand-Up comedy course, partly as a bit of research for some courses I was writing about … Continue reading "Love is all you need." Ever heard that saying, or those lyrics in a song? So much has been written about love in our society, it's overemphasized ad nauseam. I believe love alone is not enough to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... In this hookup culture, we've bought into the Hollywood version of love, which revolves around sexual gratification (or the Olympics version of it -- check out this story on the sexfest that is going... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Hey husbands, here's a freebie for you. 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