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Therapy tales

Psychotherapy today was heavy going. My therapist told me that she often sees “four or five” versions of me in the space of one session. These she referred to as ‘masks’ or defence mechanisms, which are brought out if ever I feel uncomfortable with the topic under discussion. 219 more words

Desire to want

As a child who loved colour,
I had always been full of vigour.
With my mind made up,
to own the ‘best make up’.

Or should I say, the ‘most make up’? 268 more words

Deep Thoughts

Feeling Defensive

In the 2010 psychological thriller, Shutter Island, (which I recommend), there is a scene where Marshall Daniels gets questioned about his nature and habits, leading to psychiatrist Dr Naehring commenting on his ‘defense mechanisms’. 1,086 more words



What hides beneath that wretched skin
Sewn in unconscious thread
Affecting heart and mind and soul
That weighs heavy as lead

What conflict duels within unseen… 54 more words


What Is Vulnerability?

A friend and I had a fascinating conversation once about the difference between vulnerability and openness. The concept came up again this week as someone asked me how I deal with being so honest on this blog, online. 1,214 more words

Rachel's Thoughts

Ordinary Parents

Royal Mother
Kate Middleton – The Duchess of Cambridge – gave birth to her second baby. It’s not this fact itself, what brought me to write this post, but… 756 more words


Today Is Always Your Cheapest Day - Avoiding Burnout

Do you ever feel like things are getting out of control? You have all these grand, beautiful plans, and they are just slipping between your fingers, one missed deadline at a time. 2,908 more words

Rachel's Thoughts