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One of the most enduring children’s stories of all time is Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The story concerns a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise. Tired of the Hare’s arrogant behaviour, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. The Hare soon leaves the Tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through… Read More

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In the previous article about the power of written goals I provided a little dialogue on whether there is actually any evidence to support the idea that writing goals down makes it more likely that we will achieve those goals. Having acknowledged the famous, but fictional, studies at Yale and Harvard, we were still able… Read More

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Many years ago I read about a study at Harvard University conducted between 1979 and 1989. Graduates of the MBA program were asked “Have you set clear written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The results of that question were: 3% had written goals and plans 13% had goals but not… Read More

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Loss will affect all of us at some stage in our life. We will inevitably have to face up to the death of a close relative who we loved. We may experience similar emotions over the loss of a relationship with someone who has not died but is no longer in our lives. Both scenarios… Read More

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Time Management used to be a popular subject for writers and presenters especially in the 1990s when it seemed to be in its heyday. I don’t hear so many people discussing it these days but it’s as relevant as it ever was, if not more so largely because of technology. Technology is a double-edged sword,… Read More

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What is social anxiety disorder (SAD) Let us make one thing very clear about social anxiety- it is not shyness. Newspaper reports have often made this mistake, suggesting that medicine is prescribed for shyness when in fact it is being prescribed for those experiencing severe social anxiety. And yes, the same newspapers that frequently report… Read More

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) As the title suggests, OCD is generally considered to be one of the anxiety disorders and might affect as many as 2% of a western population. It is not uncommon for symptoms to appear in adolescence but even children as young as two years of age have been found… Read More

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In part 1 of our series – Forewarned is Forearmed – The psychology of supermarkets – we discovered why the milk is so hard to discover, why the fresh fruit and vegetables are placed so enticingly near the entrance and how programmed patterns of thought, hard wired over decades are now being used to get… Read More

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The world turns and many of us are trying to buy local again at least for certain items. It has been years now since my own Sunday joint was bought at the supermarket and we here at MHD pick up our bread order less than 100 yards from our front door. We are even beaten… Read More

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