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Archives for August, 2010

General

Bipolar Disorder or Spoilt Brat?

In Australia, just like in America, we have our celebrity royalty.  Bert and Patti Newton have reigned supreme for the past forty years as hosts of just about every cheesy TV variety show imaginable.  But now they are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Their son Matthew Newton, (33) rising star on Australian TV has just beaten up his second girlfriend.  The conviction in the first case was quashed and his second girlfriend, Rachael Taylor, star...
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General

Stupid, Stupid Woman

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, not just in schools and at work, but also in the most unexpected places.  Having been bullied at school, I cannot sit by and watch others bully and be bullied.

My son and I, both sensitive nature lovers, took a walk in Hyde Park, North Perth, Western Australia, where to my delight I spotted two black swans and their six cygnets.  I got up close for a...
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Atlas Child

Empaths and Empathy


Empathy is the ability to understand what it's like to get inside someone else’s skin and feel what they are feeling.  Most people have empathy, but there is a small percentage who wear their empathy on their sleeve.  These are called Empaths, people who not just display empathy, but who literally take on another persons emotional pain so that person can be relieved of what they are feeling.
A...
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attachment

How to Make a Therapy Quilt


My therapist sent me a text message a few weeks ago on the morning of my therapy.  Would I like to go for a walk with her?  Instead of sitting in her office and trying to find a logical, rational solution to my problems, would I like to go for a walk around the local park?  She had been trying to get me to exercise for many years...
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Boundaries

Falling Flat on my Facebook


If you want to find out how many friends you really have, deactivate your Facebook and see how many people actually miss you.  Two weeks ago I had 57 friends on Facebook and after shutting it down only two people have emailed me to find out why.
Facebook is rewriting the laws of technology and the rules of friendship, social networking, cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying.  While it is great to get into contact with ex-friends, ex-work...
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A Love Affair with Your Therapist


Sometimes, women who did not connect, attach and receive the right sort of emotional nurturing and sustenance from their mothers as infants and children need to have a non-physical “love affair” with their therapist in order to feel experientially the unconditional love of another who represents a mother-figure.

Even if you have a romantic partner you connect with, sometimes this is not enough. This is not something that is taught in “therapy school”...
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Depression

Depression in Medical Hospitals


One of the places I get most depressed in is a medical hospital.  Over the years since I have had my three children I have been in hospitals many times for various reasons.
Two years ago I was in and out of hospital for six months before having an operation for a small bowel total obstruction.  Every time I had to go to the hospital I would get depressed...
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General

The Changing Face of My Depression


Depression has had a different meaning for me roughly every five to ten years.  Life experience changes the face and shadow of my depression and adds many levels and layers to who I think I am.
As I approach my half-century I look back over my life and, with the wonderful wisdom of hindsight, can clearly pinpoint what went wrong and where it got worse.  As I...
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