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Liar, liar brain’s on fire!


Lying repeatedly about Brexit is affecting your brain! It began with a wave of cognitive dissonance that swept the country in the run up to the Referendum last year as tribal political allegiances were shattered. It continued in the aftermath of a Leave victory with an outbreak of amygdala hijacks in which the Remain voters expressed … Continue reading

The Weekly Stoic: The three tests of Socrates for the media!


OK, I know Socrates wasn’t a Stoic, but he had a massive influence on Stoicism. His “three tests” which he used to apply to someone who was about to speak to him certainly harmonise with a Stoical perspective. Specifically, he would say to the person: “before you speak,  can I just check that it meets … Continue reading

The Weekly Stoic: Hope is not a winning strategy.


I’ve been somewhat distracted recently, well, quite a lot actually. Photographs, that’s what did it, and folks saying how good they were and that I should market and sell them. It seemed like a good idea at the time …… those famous last words. So, I decided to explore that well known commercial repository for … Continue reading

This Transient Life: WordPress Photo Challenge


We live in a state of impermanence, accept it, embrace it, and be in harmony with reality. Continue reading

Two Doctors Walk into the Sunset #3: Telling an existentialist joke!


Growing old gracefully with positive reflection is essential to personal fulfilment, rather than being a member of the Forever Young Brigade. Continue reading

Two Doctors walk into a bar #2: Reflecting on negative reflections!


Positive reflections in old age are an important part of personal fulfilment. Existentialism and Epicureanism are ready made concepts to guide you into it, unless you are part of the Forever Young Brigade! Continue reading

Two Doctors walk into a bar: #1 Thinking about personal inspiration


Have you ever stopped to think about who or what has been a significant source of inspiration in your life? A little reflection can reveal small things that may have affected the whole of your life. Here’s one of our sources of inspiration. Continue reading

Top tips for being a mindful traveller


What is mindfulness? Mindfulness. It’s a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often veer from the matter at hand. Our mind takes flight, we lose … Continue reading

The funniest video EVER on the EU?


Euroscepticism Ahead Of Its Time? A satirical view of the British attitude towards the European Union from the magnificent John Bird and John Fortune with so many truisms as well as many comments that the BBC would no longer DARE to broadcast! It seemed appropriate as a follow on to my earlier post from this … Continue reading

Brexit Remainers and Anti-Trumpists suffer an amygdala hijack!


So rather than spin stories about impending catastrophes, try to live more with what’s actually happening, and less with what might happen.” Here’s Your Brain’s New User Manual For Uncertain Times  Prior to the UK referendum on EU membership, as a psychologist I wrote on my Facebook page about the cognitive dissonance affecting the whole of … Continue reading

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