5 ways to build your resilience

    Q:What is resilience? A: it’s a term for how well we can respond and adapt to adversity, whether that’s a major event or a tough day at work. This isn’t about putting our fingers in our ears, loudly repeating “La la la” and hoping the nasty thing will just magically disappear. On the contrary,… Read more

Handling an ‘amygdala hijack’

  “What’s an ‘amygdala hijack’ – and how would I know if I’ve had one?” Let’s take the terminology first: the term emerged in Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ’. Goleman offered an accessible term for the neurological stimulus-response that occurs when the amygdala perceives a threat and… Read more

Summer psych stuff

  From time to time I trawl through recent posts and research on psychology. There’s a lot out there, so here’s my selection. Worried? Worried about being worried? Worry. There’s a lot of it about at the moment. Some things we can’t change – but we can change our responses. I like these no-nonsense steps… Read more

10 benefits of writing a journal

In these strange times, I think it’s worth taking a fresh look at the benefits of keeping a journal. Pouring our thoughts into a journal can be cathartic, comforting and give us something to look back at in the future. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

  Regular readers will know that, from time to time, I share links to recent articles, blog posts and videos that come under the broad title of ‘psych stuff’. Right now, I’m trying very hard to avoid focusing on that word, you know…that word beginning with ‘pan’ and ending in ‘ic’ (anyone else notice that?)… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

Here’s one of my occasional round-ups of psychology reporting and studies that I hope you’ll find useful. Which is more likely to foster wellbeing – introversion or extraversion? Here we go again…Whilst readers who tend towards extraversion may be thinking, ‘obvs, wellbeing’s all about being outgoing and talkative’, and more introverted people may be thinking,… Read more

Psych stuff round-up

From time to time I gather articles, research and resources that are in some way psychology-related; I call this ‘psych stuff’. Some snippets may be really useful, some may be eye-opening and others may be funny, quirky or strange. The ‘eye contact illusion’ Intriguing research in Australia, reported by the BPS, offers help to those… Read more

‘Sleight of mouth’ suppresses our emotions

I’ve recently been asked by workshop participants to help out with articulating emotions, so thought it was well worth updating this post. (And thank you for the inspiration – you know who you are 🙂  ) Have you ever heard yourself – or someone else – say this: “I feel it’s…”? What normally comes next?… Read more

How well do you handle setbacks?

How do you respond when you’ve stuffed up on a task? Or when you’ve planned to walk part of the way to work –  and it rains? How about when you get some criticism from a colleague? The chatterbox in our head has a huge bearing on how we feel, and therefore on our resilience to… Read more