Values

Hearing voices

Hearing Voices In Your Head Hearing voices is conventially bound up with the notion of “craziness” or losing your mind. Our resident psychologist speaks to Debra Lampshire, who is a long-time hearer of voices, in an effort to understand and correct some of the prevalent myths. When we hear that someone has “gone mad”, we…

How to: Detox your relationships

Negative connections with people can be a drain on us emotionally, mentally and physically. But there are ways to cope with, and limit, the effects of toxic relationships in your life. Last year, Katie, a client, received an email from an acquaintance with a mocking tone, wishing her “so much bad luck in the future”.…

Putting yourself first

Putting yourself first In a society where narcissism seems to be rife, MiNDFOOD’s resident psychologist explains that putting yourself first may be the best move – for everyone. With so many books and articles being published on the rise of narcissism (think of our culture of “selfies”), it is perhaps surprising that “putting yourself first”…

Creativity: capture your imagination

There are many questions surrounding how the creative mind works, including how it impacts on our emotional life and whether or not all of us are capable of fostering it. MiNDFOOD’s resident psychologist unpacks the research behind creativity. Paul walked into my office, dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt. In his 30s, articulate and…

Why the cathartic approach to anger management doesn’t work

Let it out or let it be: Why the cathartic approach to anger management doesn’t work.   “I’ve had one hell of a day – first someone reversed into my car, my colleagues hadn’t done what they promised at work on our project and took no responsibility, and as I was racing to watch the kids…

Psychology of equality

  Inequality plagues many societies. Our resident psychologist looks at how putting others down, or being put down ourselves, contributes to society’s malaise. When we think of inequality, we might tend to think of “big” examples such as the fight for civil rights in the United States, apartheid in South Africa, or the subjugation of…