When Thought is mistaken for Fact
If we are not mentalizing, we are taking any negative thought that we have about ourselves as if it is completely real.
Goethe and the Romantic View of Life
Romantic love is deeply attractive but it causes us immense problems. Romantic love hopes to freeze a beautiful moment and is dangerous. Goethe thinks that in order to live a full life we have to flirt with things which are quite dangerous but hold on to a sense of higher purpose. In Faust he explains his moral view of life:
- Faust knows a great deal, but he resists being an academic.
- He loves sex but he does not give way to debauchery.
- He likes power but he does not use if for megalomany but puts it to work in the service of noble ends.
Faust provides an intriguing theory how to live a full life.
How can Politics and the Education System contribute to a Nation's Happiness? - Example Finland
Finland is, according to the World Happiness Report, the world's happiest country. But why? And what can UK learn from it?
How to get out of a Despairing Mood? - A video by the School of Life
When we are in despair we often forget that we are grown-ups with choices. We are not imprisoned by narrow circumstances as we may have been in the past. Psychotherapy can help to become aware of these choices and escape the prison in mind.
The Science and Psychology of Polarisation
How does our nervous system impact on the way we discuss and perceive ideas and resolve problems?
Some people struggle to express their angry feelings and "bottle up". Here is an explanation why:
Black Skin, White Masks
Frantz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks" was one of the first texts to examine the damaging effect of colonial racism and passionately urges us to take action against it. The text stood out for its originality of its approach: Fanon, a French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher, brought together different schools of thoughts: psychology, political theory and literary criticism.
Even though his theories may at times appear overly complicated and theoretical, I find some of Jacques Lacan's ideas very intriguing and meaningful:
The Mirror Stage
The Mirror Stage - the young child's identification with his own image, a stage that occurs - looking at it developmentally - anywhere between the 6th and 18th month of age.
The Neuroscience of Attachment
Linda Graham explains in a SEPI conference on attachment and relationship: “All this talk therapy is just an excuse to hang out long enough for the relationship to do the healing.”
Man's Search for Meaning - Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." (Viktor Frankl)
Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" is an inspirational book which attempts to explain why some people despair in difficult circumstances while others find resources within to survive and thrive. The German title "Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen" translates as "Nevertheless, say Yes to life".
The Need to Belong
People’s sense of social belonging, or their sense that they have good relationships with others, is a fundamental human need.
The Power of Social Belonging: https://www.psychologyinaction.org/psychology-in-action-1/2015/09/24/the-power-of-social-belonging
The brain is meant to develop like a ladder, from the bottom-up. When stress responses (typically due to consistent neglect or abuse) are repeatedly activated over an extended period in an infant or toddler, sequential development of the brain is disturbed. The ladder develops, but foundational steps are missing and many things that follow are out of kilter.