Persistent Unhappiness Syndrome?

Most of you will know by now that I’m the founder and director of Powerchange, and have a passion to see men, women and young people everywhere live lives that they are proud to own, and for them to have a baseline of persistent happiness. No, that doesn’t mean I’m naive enough to think that […]

The Safest Anti-Depressant drug anyone can ever take.

(Not on antidepressants? Then miss out this first paragraph.) A health warning. Do not abruptly stop taking most psychiatric drugs. Most psychiatric drugs are far more dangerous to take than people realise, but they also can become dangerous when discontinued too abruptly. Most have addictive qualities and can produce withdrawal symptoms that are emotionally and physically […]

Corrective Truth Technique

“Ok, so tell me the truth.” “I only wish I knew the truth.” “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth …” So what is it about truth that is so important to us? What does knowing the truth provide for us? And do we really want to know the truth? About ourselves? About […]

Andrew’s Secrets of Successful Coaching: #2

Here it is: Get to the Hidden Truth. The important word here is ‘hidden’. Truth seems to come in at three levels, public, private and hidden. Public Truth is what we tell other people is the truth. And it is of course, or at least some of the truth. None of it is technically untrue, […]

‘C’ stands for Control

The ‘C’ for Saturday is CONTROL – number five in thePowerchange ‘SEVEN’ course we are running at Bethany Cottage on Saturday’s once a month.  For most of us control is a BIG DEAL. This is a MASSIVELY important thing to consider, as it impacts of so much of our lives and thinking. Are we really […]

The Tiger.

What empowers you, gets you out of bed and into your day each morning?   Passion? Yes, it helps.  Determination? Yes, that too.  Fear? Definitely, though I’d prefer to call it something else.  Ambition? It plays a part. Providing for the Family? For many. A vision? Often. Love? Sometimes. Money?  Hatred? Longing for Justice? Pride? Hunger?  Blatant self interest?  Most people seem […]

Acceptance or Affection?

Acceptance or affection – what would your priority choice be? I’ve thought a lot about it this month  – not least because we are running the next ‘C’ in the SEVEN series in Powerchange and its ‘Clarity’ and as I was preparing the course I wanted clarity on this for me.  Acceptance or Affection? For […]

Bet you don’t know what an NDSA is!

No, not the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, or the Northumberland and Durham Swimming Association or one of the other 39 abbreviations on Google!  This NDSA is something you can do for yourself every day and live happier, more content and with less emotional pain.  I know, sounds … interesting? For anyone in the mental health […]

Imagined Elephant Disorder

It is in the news again today, with a report out saying care for schizophenia in the UK is terrible. Here is a quote worth reading: ‘Schizophrenia’ is a scientifically worthless, stigmatising label, which falsely groups people with a wide range of conditions together. It also fails to inform prognosis and treatment, and actually reduces people’s […]

The Neuroscience behind the Poetry.

“Psychiatry is finished.”  It wasn’t said loudly or in a gratuitous or all-knowing way, but with a quiet authority Many in the Association for Coaches annual conference on Neuroscience will have picked up on the significance of this almost throw away line. It came from a older man who has been in the field of psychology […]

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