Shackles and flow

Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you completely lost track of time? In psychological  terms, this is known as a flow state. When you are in flow, or “in the zone”, the only thing in your mind is what you are doing in that moment. This single-minded focus allows you to block out the…

Reiki healing

Reiki is an alternative therapy or medicine, developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which involves the practitioner channelling universal life force energy or ‘qi’ to promote healing and emotional well-being. The healer will usually place their hands on the patient’s body, using this energy to remove physical or emotional blockages. Reiki is often regarded with scepticism – which is…

Thinking errors and depression

“he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow” Ecclesiastes I owe a great deal of the content of this blog to Neel Burton’s “Psychiatry” (2nd edition), which I cannot recommend highly enough to anyone looking for a grounding in the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. The interesting thing about depression is that when you compare…