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How to handle stress

Stress is a natural response to the world, so we must differentiate between healthy stress and unhealthy stress. Without some stress we would not be challenged, our muscles and minds would atrophy, and we would be weak and bored. On the other hand, too much stress can cause our lives to be chaotic; as a…
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Why is change so hard?

Any change involves uncertainty, and that can be unsettling. We need a measure of safety and security to maintain life as we know it. On the other hand, we need some excitement and stimulation to encourage growth. Even though we know everything changes (the only constant is change), we still cling to the idea of…
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In Conversation with Paul Christelis on Playfulness and Therapy

This excerpt is from my podcast Alanism Ep.3 where I sat down with author, therapist and mindfulness coach and director of School of Moments Paul Christelis to discuss playfulness, creative process and therapy: ALAN One of the main reasons that I started this podcast is I really want to explore the therapeutic value of engaging…
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It’s All About Growth

This excerpt is from Episode 2 of my new podcast Alanism in which we explore the therapeutic benefits of creativity. I sat down with filmmaker Maya Avidov to discuss her creative process, upcoming projects and her latest short The Listener. Maya You were talking about creativity when we started off, and there are two things that became…
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What Would People Think of Me?

This excerpt is from my new podcast Alanism which explores the psychological benefits of creativity in art, music and theatre. I sat down with actor/writer Liam Cogan of Ragged Trouser Theatre Company to discuss his upcoming play Gary’s Not Well at The Bread & Roses Theatre 5-9th Feb, 2019. LIAM The theatre, for me, was a relatively…
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Does psychedelic psychotherapy really work?

There is a revival in research associated with the medical use of psychedelic substances (together with psychotherapy) in the treatment of common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addictions. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in the US has been at the forefront of…
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Man with potential selves

A man is walking through life, determined and focused. Or he is standing, rooted to the spot. Or he is dreaming. Whatever he is doing, he always has the potential to be different. By changing his mind he can change his state. When he captures and holds his potential he is still. When he releases his potential he is free to…
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Erich Fromm reading group ‘The Art of Loving’

The subject of love is rarely discussed in any serious way, and philosophers of love are few and far between. Erich Fromm thoughtfully engages with this topic, and presents his ideas in pleasantly readable language. His best-seller The Art of Loving may sound like a cheesy self-help book, but it is an honest attempt to answer fundamental…
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Finding me

Paralyzed from feelings of inadequacy Numbed by the reality of self-defeat… The anguish of too much pain, I was relentlessly propelled into the Decision of giving in to such conditions Or standing up to them. But not alone. Your presence brought such warmth and acceptance That all at once in your sanctuary of security I…
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