Category Archives: Knowing Yourself!

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How Cognitive Dissonance Makes You Say Silly Things!

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In my late teens, I had a friend who dated a rather angry man. One of the stranger things he did was pour an entire kettle of boiling water into his mother’s handbag. I remember how calmly she told me. … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Break Out of the Why? Thinking Spiral

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When something goes wrong, do you (or does someone you know) get fixated on asking “Why?”, “Why me?” or “Why now?”. Is it driving you nuts? Well, you’re not alone. It’s something I see a lot, and it’s easy to … Continue reading

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What’s YOUR Rat Park?

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In the 1970s a scientist called Bruce Alexander wanted to show that living conditions cause addiction and not the drugs themselves. So he built Rat Park – 200 times the size of a standard laboratory cage with lots of food, toys … Continue reading

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How to See New Years Resolutions Through a New Lens | By Inga Michaelsen

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The tradition of New Years resolutions goes back over 4000 years. Babylonians made promises & offerings to their gods at the beginning of the New Year, so the gods might bestow their grace upon them. During Caesar’s time in ancient … Continue reading

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FECK! Easy, Fun 4 Step Process to Help You Deal With Interruptions

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When we allow ourselves to get interrupted, what we’re saying is that the interruption is more important than what we’re currently doing. That’s why it feels icky when a friend, colleague, boss or store assistant we’re talking with stops to … Continue reading

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Are You Stuck on a Hamster Wheel? What Do You Need in Your Life to Thrive?

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I know it’s not just me. We all lead such busy lives – and all too often we simply don’t take enough care of our ‘selves’. We may make a priority of taking care of others and/or our careers, but … Continue reading

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On Tattoos, Anxiety and Being Yourself!

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About 2 months ago I did possibly the craziest thing I have ever done in my life – I got a tattoo. For some of you this may be perfectly normal, but for me it was a really big deal. … Continue reading

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5 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Day!

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One of the biggest lies we’re told (and it’s constantly reinforced in adverts, movies, magazines etc) is that we SHOULD be happy. Yes, there are horrible atrocities going on all over the world right now, people starving. And we’re so … Continue reading

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Why You Need To Stop Worrying What Others Think – Now!

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We spend our lives tying ourselves in knots, worrying what other people think when – and here’s the irony – most people will have forgotten us within a few moments! But the need to please and “fit in” goes deep; as humans we have a fundamental need to belong. Continue reading

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Banish This Word in 2015 to be Happier, Less Stressed & More Productive!

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Yoda is my favourite character in the Star Wars films. He is full of wisdom – as well as being pretty nifty in a fight, despite his small size and wizened, green appearance. And one of my favourite Yoda quotes … Continue reading

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