Contact is named as one of the ‘six psychological hungers’ by Eric Berne (2), alongside recognition, structure, incident, stimulus, and sex. Meeting all of our hungers/needs in a healthy and balanced way will ensure healthy development, relationships, career, autonomy, and a sensation of feeling happy and content.
It has long been said that mental illness has a particular odour. In the 1960’s a small research project was carried out to see if schizophrenia had a distinctive smell. Apparently it did, and both rats and humans were able to identify the odour.
Eric Berne defined a stroke as one unit of recognition. In order to understand this definition fully I like to ask the question “How do you know you exist?” To help you along with this question, just imagine for a moment that you were completely invisible. You exist but nobody can hear, see, or feel […]
Physical Abuse Behaviour of an adult who abuses children Behaviour of an abused child Physical indications of child abuse Complains that the child is difficult to control; Little knowledge of child development. Makes unrealistic demands, e.g. expects good bowel control at too early an age; May indicate that child is prone to injuries. Lies about […]
By Alice Miller For some years now there has been proof that the devastating effects of the traumatization of children take their inevitable toll on society. This knowledge concerns every single one of us, and–if disseminated widely enough–should lead to fundamental changes in society, above all to a halt in the blind escalation of violence. […]
Being a parent isn’t easy – and it doesn’t come with a manual! I think we are led to believe that parents ‘should’ automatically know what to do … so is this really true? Admittedly, some people find it easier than others, but we all could do with some support when it comes to parenting […]
Awareness was the central point today, that if we become more aware of what one unit of alcohol is, and how many units in our favourite drinks, then we are able to know ‘how much is too much’ as well as have an understanding of what alcohol does to our body, mind and our social life
Well actually its a depressant, although it’s not quite as simple as that so read on. This blog was inspired following a recent conversation with a friend, during which it seemed apparent that some people believe alcohol to be a stimulant. There is of course an element of truth in this, as there is […]
I turn my head in all directions and all I can see is paperwork. How and when did I decide to tackle the huge stack of my entire collection (or should that be hoard?) of psychotherapy course notes, handouts, essays and presentations? And at what moment of madness did I give up a beautiful […]
In our last post ‘Punch bags, boxing gloves, and psychotherapy – setting the scene‘ we looked at setting the scene for any bag work to take place, mainly exploring three safety rules: no harm to self; no harm to other; no harm to environment. We also briefly explored some of the ways a therapist can […]