Yes Baby, That’s You!

Anthony Easthope asks, ‘How is it that within five or six years the newly arrived [baby] you bring home with you from the hospital has become a person, who speaks your language, shares your assumptions, can go off to school and answer its own name when the teacher calls it out?’ For therapists, the formation […]

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Therapy, Symptoms and a Work of Art

Many people enter therapy because their day-to-day life has become disrupted by symptoms: for example, obsessions, compulsions, anxiety, depression, problematic relationships as well as chronic states of confusion, resentment, rage and despair. What is a symptom? We are probably all familiar with medical symptoms. They usually appear on the surface of our body and are […]

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From Anxiety to a Kiss

I recently gave a talk on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 movie, Suspicion. Cary Grant and Oscar-winning Joan Fontaine are the stars in this Hitchcock thriller set in England in the early 1930s. The plot is typical of Hitchcock, a sewing together of circumstantial events that increasingly leads Fontaine (as Lina) to suspect Grant (as her husband, […]

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Depression, Mourning and Melancholia

An Explosion of Depression? Google’s release in 2017 of the UK’s popular search terms led ITV News to claim, ‘Britain amongst the most depressed and anxious countries in the world.’     In an article based on figures from NHS Digital, also released in 2017, BBC News reported anti-depressants to be the most common treatment […]

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