Introduction To The Anxiety Disorders – Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) – Stop Watching Me!

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

Introduction To The Anxiety Disorders – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – The odd one out! (OCD)

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

Forewarned is Forearmed – The psychology of supermarkets and how they automate our choices – Part 2

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

10 Ways to Manage an Eating Disorder

A couple of weeks ago, Sophie Boulton wrote an article for us on eating disorders. Reading this gave us a fresher look at what it means to have one of these issues in your life but managing it remains very difficult. So we asked her to follow this up with some of her favourite tips… Read More

Realistic Expectations and the “I’m not being listened to!” Paradox

Often I work with people who are feeling very stressed at work and one of their biggest complaints is “I’m not being listened to!” We live in a world where we have much higher expectations of work; we expect to be consulted on any and every decision in work that will affect us or our… Read More

Eating Disorders from a personal perspective

Undoubtedly, we will have readers and members of our website who may have very real issues with eating disorders. None of our regular team has personal experience of these so we are pleased today to feature a piece written by Sophie Boulton. Sophie is a promising young psychologist who has experienced her own psychological issues.… Read More

Considerably richer than yow! The pros and cons of comparisons

Vanity is a pretty unattractive characteristic and we’ve probably all come across smug individuals who have a superiority complex that manifests itself in a way that only allows them to feel better about themselves if they can make negative comparisons with others. Hence the reference in the title of this article to the catch phrase… Read More