Understanding fear

Fear is often considered a negative reaction, but in fact, fear works for us. In the face of danger, real danger, fear which is embedded in the brain’s amygdala, gets us to react in an instant to a dangerous situation. It’s an automatic response to our survival. The amygdala monitors the sensory information in search […]

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Disassociation: escaping pain.

There is something called disassociation, when something is so painful you put it away in a drawer at the back of your mind and let it stay there, hidden. Sometimes it’s forgotten, but the day always comes when it returns and you need to tuck it back in with all its consequences, or deal with […]

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Dreams and nightmares; tools to improve your life.

A lot has been written about nightmares and dreams, but I have my own humble opinion. I can only speak from my own experience and from what I’ve read that’s made most sense to me. ‘One of Freud’s more important discoveries is that emotions buried in the unconscious surface in disguised form during dreaming, and […]

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