Self

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Survival Stories: We are the same

My friend Shayma from Aleppo invited me to meet her family in their emergency home in Berlin, one of around 100 mass accommodation buildings in a city that has accommodated an extra 80,000 people in just one year.
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Jun 15, 2016

Survival Stories: Fight or flight?

In early 2015 Bassam folded himself into a crate on the back of a lorry in Athens and 36 hours later he was unloaded in Italy. "I am glad I had bought a change of clothes with me“, he told me whilst laughing at the expression on my face as I realised what he meant. He then made his way towards the Netherlands but got stopped by the police in Germany where he was strongly advised to apply for asylum. After one year his wife and two children joined him and they now all live together in Germany. He tells me about why he made the dangerous journey to Europe.
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May 30, 2016

Shoot the Damn Dog

Sally Brampton inspired me to begin writing, however my writing was detached from my experience, an escapism of sorts. Now, once again she has inspired me to write but this time, from the heart.
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May 18, 2016

Survival stories: fresh start

Over the past year I have met many people who have sadly lost everything and are now trying to start again. The challenges they face and the coping strategies used to overcome them are well worth sharing because we can gain inspiration and ideas for strengthening our own resilience, thereby increasing our own capacity for happiness.
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May 16, 2016

The Grit and Grace Of Personal Writing

With a personal inquiry as to how much is okay to reveal when writing about the difficult stuff in your journal Psychologies Life Lab expert Jackee Holder reflects on the death of Psychologies columnist Sally Brampton and the challenge of mental health care and funding in modern day UK.
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May 16, 2016

Validation - The need to be really seen

​Being dyslexic I see patterns easily. One of the ways this shows up is seeing patterns in people. You know, the kind of behaviour patterns that can indicate some psychological problems. It means I don't have to see clients for months on end to get to the root of a problem. But recently I have expanded my pattern observation focus and have started to look at problems in society, asking myself one question. If there was one need all of my clients have in common, what would that need be?
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May 11, 2016