With guest contributor Steve Hall (@astevehall; see his stand up here) Feeling scared about the state of the world right now? Frustrated about having to stay home? Hopeless at the lack of control? Paranoid about that tickle in your throat? Panicked that you might lose your loved ones? Guilty that you’re even more panicked that […]
Tag: Behavioural Experiments
I’m not in the Mood, Diary
Here are my top five reasons I might hand you a mood diary at the end of a CBT session. 5. You’re not sure what you’re feeling. 4. I’m not sure you know what you’re feeling. 3. You think your feelings don’t make sense. 2. You think your feelings are stupid. 1. I ran out […]
Intrusive images are for life, not just for parenthood
I can see myself biting off a baby’s fingertips one day. I don’t mean that’s my dream retirement plan, I mean I can really clearly see it. Sometimes I don’t even have to close my eyes, it’s just there, transposed over whatever I happen to be looking at in that moment. My teeth. Baby’s fingertips. […]
Is that a rash on your neck or are you just anxious to see me?
I go red when I’m nervous. And when I’m embarrassed. And frustrated. And amused. In fact, any time I experience the slightest increase in emotion or temperature, you will see it on my skin, clawing its way out of my collar and onto my face. I discovered this delightful fact about myself in high school, […]
Table For One: The Other Empty Chair Technique
I like to sit in cafes pretending to write a screenplay. Even when I’m in a café writing this blog, I pretend I’m writing a screenplay. This is because I like going to cafes, I often go by myself, and I would rather that people think I am writing a screenplay than that they jump […]
Pay it Forehead, or When Did Giant Foreheads Become Socially Acceptable?
I have a huge head, and it’s roughly 40% forehead. Whenever I casually refer to this fact, most people kindly try to reassure me that it’s really not that big. But it really is. You know that point in the early 90s when bike helmets suddenly got smaller? Mine didn’t. My head simply grew like […]