Lockdown means many of us are spending longer than at any time in history with our reflections. From Shakespeare to Plath, can literature help us navigate this new era of the ego? When the anthropologist Edmund ‘Ted’ Carpenter showed the isolated Biami tribespeople of the Papuan plateau a mirror for the very first time, they … Continue reading The strangeness of looking at your own face all day on Zoom
That’s right there is an equation for anxiety. It is as follows: Anxiety= Estimation of danger/Estimation of coping skills I love a good equation, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the human psyche. Let me explain it- anxiety occurs when either the danger of the situation outweighs the number of coping skills … Continue reading The Anxiety Equation
The global pandemic of COVID-19 means that we are living in unprecedented times. It looks like something we will have to keep dealing with over the next weeks. As we are aware, chronic stress has adverse effects on the brain. Receptors for stress hormones are found in the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex. These structures are involved … Continue reading Our stress brain and COVID-19
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14lEbWumFUZrR7vYF6BxkMNrSF2f2NeRZ/view?usp=sharing Hi all, I have created a document about journaling to reframe anxiety in the link above- I hope you find it useful
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/18083390.inspirational-day-presteigne-pupils/ Thank you so much to Presteigne Primary School, that hosted a day about I am what I believe. The children came to school dressed up in what they wanted to be when they were older and we had lots of parents volunteer come and give chats about what they did as jobs.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjep.12322?af=R As you know my book ‘I am what I believe’, talks about the impact people can have on us when judging us on our body image. And now I have found some empirical research to support my message. Body image can be a tricky enough thing to navigate in adulthood: for young people, it … Continue reading Weight bias in education
It use to really make me cringe when people spoke about mindfulness, and I was like noooo this is not psychology. Psychology is a science based on empirical research, so when I went to a seminar by Bessel van der Kolk I was prejudging his message. However, The Body Keeps the Score is so good, it talks … Continue reading Book review- The Body Keeps the Score
I wrote this article some time ago for the psychologist magazine but I wanted to leave it here as well in case someone found it useful. Recently I read on a renowned charity website an article regarding the stigma attached to mental health in Muslim societies; that it is a ‘Western’ philosophy and that it … Continue reading The Quran and Mental Health
My children's book- Amelia is a beautiful happy little girl but her teacher isn't very kind to her and keeps telling her what she can and can't do. Despite this Amelia believes in herself and keeps persevering despite her horrible teachers unkind words.
Whilst I was on holiday in the summer I had an opportunity to contribute to a book called It's ok to not be ok. I've written a chapter called the journey to happiness- the last 10 years have been tough. Life can be hard- if you want to read about my journey you can read … Continue reading It’s ok to not be ok