10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows (A Life of Gratitude)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens A Life of Gratitude It is a true privilege to be a human being, even though it entails 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Though we have troubles, our blessings are far…

The Conspiracy of Silence (World Mental Health Day)

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel This piece is written for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) There is a longstanding conspiracy of silence within the medical profession – doctors are not allowed to…

Behind the Social Mask (Understanding Social Transactions)

“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…”-Shakespeare We all wear masks in our social lives and play multiple roles in our social interactions with others. Regardless of our age, we have all played the roles of…

A Love Letter to the Inner Child (Healing through Reparenting)

“Everything seemed possible, when I looked through the eyes of a child.And every once in a while, I remember,I still have the chance to be that wild.”-Nikki Rowe We all have an inner child within us – it is our natural personality with our innate instincts, intuition, emotions and creativity. As we grow older, the…

The True “I” Beyond the Ego

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”– John Newton Who are we? Are…

Why We Give Our Inner Worth (Inner Gold) To Others

“Inner gold is the highest value in the human psyche. It is our soul, the Self, the innermost part of our being. It is us at our best, our twenty-four-karat gift to ourselves.”-Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection (Robert A. Johnson) Psychological projection is a defense mechanism of the ego that involves projecting our emotions and…

The Modern Neurotic

“About a third of my cases are not suffering from any clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and aimlessness of their lives. I should not object if this were called the general neurosis of our age….” – Carl Jung According to Carl Jung, neurosis is a form of “self-division” and “an individual attempt, however…