Category Archives: Psychology

Fear factored

A book I’m currently reading urges us to think of ‘fear’ as the mental equivalent of physical ‘pain’. On one level they’re the things we want to most avoid; but looked at another way they are just simple signalling mechanisms. … Continue reading

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Re-wiring

Talking to a nice person at work this week, as we descended several flights of stairs; she said: "Yes John, but you're about the most positive person I've ever met." I nearly tripped and fell down the remaining stairs… As … Continue reading

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Think small

I’ve signed up to a terrific blog from a chap called Eric Barker from UCLA. Loads of great resources, links to thought-provoking books and simple ‘to do’ lists to do more. This week’s top tip is how to create a habit:  … Continue reading

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Heartfelt

As a person (traditionally) of the head, I generally take the arrow of causation to be ‘the head drives the heart’… Of course that’s not always the case. When the heart skips a beat or starts misbehaving; that certainly gets … Continue reading

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Bees 

In a meeting this week I asked how people felt about ‘whacking the beehive again’.  We are trying a new ‘change management’ approach (as opposed the University standard of ‘resistance management’) on a major move; part of which involves regularly … Continue reading

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Quiet 

Some weeks back I was talking to someone at work about the racket going on in her head. Too much on her mind. As luck would have it, I’d just started reading a book which tackles the issue head on: … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond…

Last weekend at twilight by the seaside, I took this photo.  It picks up a theme I’m reading about at the moment; which is getting into the habit of looking a little beyond what’s happening right in front of you.  … Continue reading

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Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

I sat through nearly two days of interviews this week. And, as so often, was amazed by how much people like to talk – and what they shared!  Surely the most valuable thing to learn in life (and certainly in … Continue reading

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Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Confrontation and Compassion

Compassion came up a number of times this week – on Tuesday in the context of confrontation; and yesterday as a way to run an entire organisation. Of course the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would argue (in the … Continue reading

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