Emotions.

How Do We Feel?

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

We need language to be able to label feelings; to make sense of them. Without words, we'd be like an emotional washing machine on ultra-high with no 'off' switch. If you try to repress them, they will eventually erupt like Vesuvius when you least expect. Suddenly out of nowhere, one Christmas morning, you'll try to beat your mother-in-law over the head with a plunger and you'll never know why.

Four Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

The Conversation UK | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

Jose M. Mestre, University of Cadiz and Kimberly A. Barchard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Emotional intelligence can mean the difference betwee...

Six Unexpected Emotions As A Parent

Wendy Zhang | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Wendy Zhang

Becoming a parent brings with it an absolute sackful of new emotions; some of which makes you feel on-top-of-the-world amazing and some just make you want to drown yourself in a bath of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Why We Love Brands We Can Emotionally Connect To

Tamara Littleton | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Tamara Littleton

We're more likely to buy a product if we feel a strong emotion towards it. Temkin Group research found that 87% of us make multiple purchases driven b...

On Dangerous Emotions And Bias

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK
Ruby Wax

We get into the 'them' and 'us' mode, based on something we're not even aware of. We now have Trump at the wheel of the car who has no emotional insight whatsoever. This is like having a live grenade in the White House who may go off at any moment and take the world down with him. Happy New Year.

The Imprint Period

Gemma Bailey | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Gemma Bailey

It is stated by child psychologists that between the ages of 3 years and 11 years is an imprint period. This means that childhood experiences between these ages are likely to have an impact on who that child becomes, how they feel, behave and represent the world to themselves in later life.

Dogs, Cats, And Descartes

Marti Leimbach | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marti Leimbach

During the recent COAPE presentation we saw a clip from Animal Odd Couples about a cat that adopts a clutch of newly hatched ducklings the very day sh...

A Boy Who Is Prepared For Prison, Or Love And Life?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

I grew up as a younger brother among four boys who liked to fight. Like many before me, I received clear messages from society about what emotions a m...

Seeing Is Believing. A Desire To Personify My Cancer

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Burbidge

Cancer feels to me like a faceless foe. People talk of fighting, and beating cancer, but how can you fight what you cannot comprehend or see? At some point soon my fight will involve chemotherapy; transparent, toxic and potent fluids committed to fighting for me.

Playing Catch Up

Kanarian Kindred | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kanarian Kindred

As the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday three years ago, I should have been filled with anticipation of a phenomenal new chapter. Instead, I ...

How To Choose The Best Exercise Based On How You're Feeling

Melinda Nicci | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Melinda Nicci

The best part about these exercise choices is that they are designed to make you feel better by the time you get to the end of it. When exercise makes you feel good it's the best positive reinforcement for sticking with it and maintaining your motivation. So, here they are!

Giving Anger The Credit It Deserves

Izzy McRae | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

I realised that what had made me angry was unfairness. In fact, what often makes me angry is unfairness. This anger drives me to try to improve things that I would be better to leave alone if I were acting purely in my self-interest

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Kamontip Evans | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

The new academic year will soon be upon us. Some parents will see their child head off for university. You may look at this as freedom-at-last: your child will be leaving home, allowing you to do what you have longed to do all these years. Some of you will fear the empty nest syndrome. And for others, possibly most, a mixture of both.

The Emotional Stages Of Watching A Sex Scene With Your Parents

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

As an adult child, nothing is more mortifying than watching a sex scene with your parents. It doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you’ve got...

The Critic Within

Kamontip Evans | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, there are so many things we can get annoyed with: traffic noise, your partner leaving a news...

Helping Your Child Understand the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

Sarah Newton | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

The growing number of young people with mental health issues is worrying me. I see young people everyday who are struggling; they don't know what to do, their parents don't know what to do and the schools are finding it difficult to cope. We need a system that is much more able to support those young people who need it.

Cultivating a Mind-Body Harmony

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Wise men and women mould their characters. Stress has physiological effects on the body and dampens the interaction we have with our true nature. We need a strong foundational basis for our mental health and mind-body harmony provides us with exactly that.

Losing Your Job: One Year On

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Give yourself time to adjust and grieve for your loss. I looked to poetry to write out my insecurities, upset, and uncertainty of the future - you'll find something that can help you too.

Anger Is Your Friend

Mia Doring | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

Anger, like all of our emotional states, is pointing us towards a personal insight. Dig a little, without judging or self criticism, for what could be beneath the anger; maybe it's a value we didn't know we held, maybe it unearths a blind spot, maybe it shows us what we really care about.

Boys Don't Cry?

Nick Harding | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Harding

I've not been privy to my own father's tears. I've seen him get worked into advance states of exuberance and dejection at West Ham football matches but I've never seen him have a proper sob. I'm not sure I'd want to. The awkwardness would hang in the air and embarrass us both.

From Shoot 'em Ups to Emotional Intelligence: Gaming Gets Kind

Devi Clark | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Parents
Devi Clark

I met Rosie Linder a fortnight ago. Like me, she is a middle aged mother with two children. Like me she wants to connect with her children. "I wanted a fun way to talk about emotions with my daughters. If you just ask them, they are very resistant. They feel they are being put on the spot."

The Role of Therapeutic Storytelling in Early Years Loss And Bereavement

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

If you ask a bereaved child a direct question such as, 'how do you feel about Mummy dying? their response is likely to be a shoulder shrug rather than a chatty response. On the other hand, if you tell them a story about an animal losing his Mum, the child is likely to identify with the animal and tell you how they feel.

The Mindful Toddler

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Children are generally mindful, they live moment to moment quite easily, the key is to encourage them to maintain this skill. We are reading lots about supporting children in schools to be mindful, what about Toddlers?

How Emotional Is Your Intelligence?

Shirley Palmer | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

Being aware of your emotions can be difficult; at times it can be overwhelming... You need to be able to step back and see what you are experiencing, accept the emotion and then choose more positive thoughts and behaviours to enhance your level of happiness.

The Surprising Up Side of Feeling Down

Marc Smith | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Smith

The problem with happiness is that it makes us too comfortable; we strive for it and (some of us) eventually reach our destination only to find that it's so damn good that we want things to stay exactly how they are.