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The Truth Cannot Force Its Way In

After a long time in which left and right blurred into one, lo and behold some contrast has been etched across the political landscape in the UK of late. And this has to be a good thing. As an electorate, it has simultaneously left us less apathetic and yet more divided. Politics has become incredibly unpredictable and boisterously noisy.

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Intolerable To Our Waking Minds

  • “Intolerable to our waking mind are illogicality, chaos and disorder.” (Havelock Ellis)

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All The World’s A Stage

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts….

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There Is Another World

Neoliberalism is the predominant reality in contemporary society. It dictates the material conditions we live within. Yet a peculiarity of neoliberalism is that despite the way it affects each of our lives – and for more and more people this means adversely – few of us could really define what it is. Its anonymity, its shrouds and its ‘commonsense’ are possibly its greatest weapon.

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When Words Are Insufficient

“There’s something fishy about describing people’s feelings. You try hard to be accurate, but as soon as you start to define such and such a feeling, language lets you down. It’s really a machine for making falsehoods. When we really speak the truth, words are insufficient” (Iris Murdoch).

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Demystifying The Talking Cure

There is something mystifying about the world of therapy and it could be holding the profession back. For people who would like to begin seeing a therapist, the maze of therapeutic approaches to wander through is dizzying. Finding a suitable therapy and/or therapist is not as straightforward as it could be.

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They Made The People Happy

Last week ‘Origins Of Happiness’ – a study by Lord Layard and a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) – reported that the government needs to focus on providing better healthcare to deal with mental health issues. This is something to be welcomed – isn’t it?

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Employing Psychology As Ideology

Framing unemployment as something owing to the psychology of an individual rather than attending to its political, social and economic causes is an unsettling practice at any time, but within the context of the punishing austerity measures this country has been subjected to in recent years it borders on inhumane. And yet this is precisely what is happening within the government’s welfare reforms.

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Ask What Has Happened To Me

Mental health services around the UK are being overwhelmed by the huge demands placed upon them. In June 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed that the current system is failing to adequately deal with the country’s mental health issues.

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The Crooked Timber Of Humanity

Humanity has a deep instinct for competition and conflict. Isaiah Berlin spoke of this as a central problem in the work of the liberal state. It must contain different world-views without any realistic hope of resolving the inevitable conflicts between them.

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