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© 2017 by Jennifer Barnes

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July 4, 2018

The human mind is an incredible thing – in truth it is probably far more incredible than the human mind itself will ever be capable of fully understanding. By its unfathomable reasoning power, the average adult in the UK knows between 20,000 and 30,000 words; when we s...

June 5, 2018

Stereotypes are both funny and dangerous in equal measure. We laugh when comedians pick out those characteristic quirks and identify the common traits of common people. Maybe it is because we know a type of the person they are referring to, or perhaps we just see a lit...

May 8, 2018

I recently read a book called ‘The Hope Circuit’ by a brilliant psychologist, Martin Seligman. He sub-titles this excellent and highly personal book ‘from helplessness to optimism’ and in it he traces his own journey to both discovering and embracing the power of posit...

April 10, 2018

Informing their formative years…

As a parent or a teacher, it is all too easy to look back on your own teenage years and play down the experience. For most, the confusion, angst, experimentation and brushes with the wrong side of right were no more than the normal passa...

March 6, 2018

It is so abundantly clear that our world is changing so quickly, and in so many ways, that it hardly seems worthy of comment. The pulse of technology, social tolerance stomping through the headlines, extreme weather conditions, sweeping political shifts, the ever-chang...

February 6, 2018

While the passing of the New Year does seem like a long time ago, for most of us writing ‘2018’ on forms still requires a degree of mental adjustment. That is because our minds adjust to habit and memory in slightly different ways. Psychologically, many people are stil...

December 11, 2017

Christmas is coming and, in houses the full length of our green and pleasant land, families will be gathering together, enjoying each other’s company, making up for 12 months of being too busy to visit and overindulging… Just like last year! There is nothing wrong with...

November 6, 2017

So much has already been said, written, and theorised about the mystical idea of perfectly balanced work and lifestyle. It is almost as though people believe that by talking about it they might actually reach the destination that so many people dream of, but where too...

October 11, 2017

When you attempt to apply a textbook answer to a situation it is rarely flexible enough to deal with too many variables. It is, so to speak, set in text. In the real world, especially where people are involved, this presents an even greater challenge because with some...

September 11, 2017

Maybe it wasn’t just one of those days! Maybe it was one of those weeks, or your worst nightmare materialised in the office one Monday morning, or everything that possibly could go wrong suddenly did. We all know those moments in life where our first reaction is despai...

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