Inertia

I previously discussed the concept of positive feedback and how it applies to the human condition. There’s another term which originated in physics that also applies in therapy. The term is inertia. Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change...

Be yourself

We often say to people – especially children and young people – that they should ‘be themselves’. However, this is easier said than done. It could be said that discovering ourselves is the journey of a lifetime. We have to distinguish between...

Placebo – the cure for all diseases

Much has ben written about the placebo effect. I’ve written before that many antidepressant drugs are no better than a placebo and many, if not most, doctors use a prescription as a placebo in that they know the patient will feel better for taking the prescribed...

Positive feedback

There’s a term which originated in engineering called positive feedback. An example of positive feedback is in a concert hall. Someone taps on the microphone to test it and there is loud screech that comes from the loudspeakers. What happens is that the initial...

Depression and antidepressants

Depression is often described as a disease. It’s something, so they will tell you, that happens to the brain chemistry. Your doctor will tell you that you need to take a pill to ‘fix’ this imbalance in brain chemistry. Like much of what doctors tell...

Phobias

The different types of phobias that I see would defy any rational comprehension. The common ones: Emetophobia (fear of vomiting), Ornithophobia (birds), acrophobia (heights) and the odd: Coulrophobia (fear of clowns), Globophobia (balloons), and the really strange...