Category Archives: Coping Resources/Strategies

Sleep is the best Medicine. (Cont’d fro previous blog).

Whenever I hear people talking about sleep, I think of my own mother, who – so it seemed to me as a child – appeared to ‘prescribe’ it for almost every ailment and eventuality in life. “What you need” she … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost: practice makes perfect. (Cont’d from previous blog).

Having established – on the basis of empirical evidence where available – that those approaches briefly reviewed, i.e. autogenic training, visualization, meditation, progressive relaxation, auto-suggestion, are viable and potentially productive, we are now nearing the challenge posed by key questions … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost. (Cont’d from previous blog).)

The second experience, which I will relate here, concerned a female patient who I had known and who had been visiting my clinic on a regular basis for all of two years and more. Over that period of time, we … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost. (Cont’d from previous blog).)

The entire thrust of whatever therapeutic approaches are cited and reviewed in this series of blogs has been to demonstrate credible and viable ways of reinforcing patients’ ability to cope. Yet again, “Rome was not built in a day”. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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We amount to much mote than we seem. (Continued from previous blog).

“That very English poet (but of an Irish father) William Blake once wrote, “no bird soars too high if it soars with its own wings”. Since it is self evidently the case that the conscious and unconscious mind accounts for … Continue reading

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Evidence of mind control; Hypnosis: All hypnosis is self hypnosis. (Cont’d from previous blog.)

In the forgoing, we have witnessed the part played by one powerful and necessary element, namely the normal and everyday propensity to be “drawn into” and “focused upon”. Here is another; namely, “suggestion”. (The term “suggestion” used within this context … Continue reading

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Evidence of mind control; Hypnosis: All hypnosis is self hypnosis. (Continued from previous blog.)

Nowadays we prefer to talk about an “altered state of consciousness”. By this, in general terms, is meant; a more intent and intense preoccupation with; a “focus” (if you prefer it). At this point, other thoughts and events might well … Continue reading

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Evidence of mind control; Hypnosis: All hypnosis is self hypnosis. The Evidence.

Not infrequently, patients experiencing mood- and stress-related side effects of a life threatening illness and treatment have raised the possibility of the use of hypnosis. Does it at such times represent a helping strategy, which can somehow deflect or in … Continue reading

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’Shades of Einstein”·. (Cont’d from previous blog). Postscript.

When I was in my late ‘teens, I used to participate on certain weeknights in a ‘soup-run’ down to “Cardboard City” (as in those days we called it) on the Thames Embankment. Sometimes the soup was returned (not in quite … Continue reading

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’Shades of Einstein”·. (Cont’d from previous blog).

It is not a bad idea to just jot down your thoughts, as currently they exist, on one side of an A4 sheet of paper. The task thereafter is to spot and distinguish between realistic negative thoughts and errors in … Continue reading

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