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When praise isn’t a good thing

When praise isn’t a good thing

Photo by x1klima When praise isn’t a good thing We all like to give and receive praise but positive feedback can have a detrimental effect when it is unwarranted and not earned. For the purposes of this post, it is important to make a distinction between […]

The effects of childhood abuse

The effects of childhood abuse

The effects of childhood abuse The effects  of childhood abuse can last forever. It can influence your thinking, emotional state and the way you relate to others way into adulthood.  Child abuse takes a wide variety of forms. The most common forms of childhood abuse […]

Do the opposite

Do the opposite

  Do the opposite We’re creatures of habit so we rarely do the opposite. It’s human nature to repeat the same patterns often without even realising how often we act in a certain way. Think about it. Do you always go down the supermarket aisles […]

How to deal with emotional blackmail

How to deal with emotional blackmail

  How to deal with emotional blackmail Emotional blackmail is a form of psychological manipulation. When someone tries to make you feel fear and guilt if you do not do something, you are probably being blackmailed emotionally. Manipulators love to use emotional blackmail. They are […]

4 Tips for raising happy, emotionally healthy children

4 Tips for raising happy, emotionally healthy children

  4 Tips for raising happy, emotionally healthy children It can be tough raising happy, emotionally healthy children in a world that is so full of emotionally unhealthy people. Children spend at least twelve years in an educational system that is sadly, ill-prepared for teaching […]

Depression in teenagers

Depression in teenagers

  Depression in teenagers Depression in teenagers is a growing problem. Teenagers face increasing pressure to achieve, perform and cope with a variety of stressors. There is academic pressure to achieve against an extremely competitive backdrop. Teenagers are also going through huge developmental and hormonal […]

Are you emotionally unavailable?

Are you emotionally unavailable?

  Are you emotionally unavailable? We form attachments with our primary caregiver as infants and the nature of this attachment influences how we behave in all future relationships. If we had a happy, stable upbringing with consistent love and care, we tend to grow up […]

Why Finland is so successful at education

Why Finland is so successful at education

  Why Finland is so successful at education Teachers take the approach of “less is more” and this shines through in their methods and their results. I have never been a great fan of the western education system which is so competitive and puts students […]