***Update February 2021: This post ended up spiralling into a full blown obsession – I am now researching CBT for misophonia full time at the University of Oxford! Click here to visit my new website, Sounds Like Misophonia. *** Unless you’ve been hiding, with earplugs in, glaring at anyone who dares to eat or breathe […]
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 […]
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 […]
Is Procrastination Worth the Wait?
It’s rare that I hear procrastination referred to in a positive light. Perhaps at high school, when some of my esteemed classmates would exhibit their extreme cool by saying they were procrastinating studying for exams. They didn’t actually mean they were putting off studying, they were implying that they had no intention of studying. More […]
Why OCD and Music Festivals Don’t Mix. Yet.
After six weeks of trying to write this blog post, I came to the conclusion that I simply could not identify with a fear of contamination. I couldn’t imagine experiencing a deep feeling of being unclean, an unshakeable physical and emotional belief that something unseen will make me sick and that there are no cleaning […]
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 […]