Attachment Theory

Bowlby’s Attachment Theory for Beginners Who is John Bowlby? John Bowlby (1907-1990) worked as both a psychologist and a psychoanalyst. You may be familiar with the term “psychoanalyst” as being chiefly associated with the work of Sigmund Freud. It consists of the belief that all people possess thoughts, feelings and memories in their unconscious. Bowlby’s work revolved around his theory … Read More

PTSD Suffering

PTSD explained Although the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” is a relatively new one, the condition which it describes has been recorded as far back as ancient times. The eponymous main character in The Epic of Gilgamesh, widely regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature, is plagued by constant nightmares and flashbacks to the death of his closest friend … Read More

Buddhism & Nirvana

The way to Nirvana Among major world religions, Buddhism is unique. There is no worship of a specific deity, no ongoing debate concerning origin and no theology. Even Buddha, the central figure of Buddhism, is not venerated as a deity or prophet. Rather, Buddhism focuses on the human condition. In all, Buddhism counts around 300,000,000 followers worldwide and may be … Read More

Human Genetics

Understanding Human Genetics Genetics is the study of how living things inherit certain traits from preceding generations. These traits are carried by a molecule known as DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Every living thing contains DNA. Genes are hereditary units which consist of DNA. They occupy spots on chromosomes – threadlike structures composed of protein and nucleic acids found in the nucleus … Read More

Racism: From Slavery to Apartheid to Brixton

Racism is the belief that one group of people is superior to another based on the colour of their skin, their ethnicity or their nationality. Racism can take many forms; the most common is for the victim to be subjected to racist language, which typically includes racist names and derogatory language about background, traditions and culture. Racism can also lead … Read More

General Anxiety Disorder

It is often ordinary to feel anxious from time to time. It is something we all experience in life. Certain times such as the night before an exam, attending a job interview, undergoing medical treatment or even something as straightforward as moving house can lead to us feeling uneasy, worried or fearful. It can be mild or severe, depending on … Read More

Anorexia and Bulimia – What You Need to Know

An eating disorder is a style of eating in which the person has a serious fear of weight gain and adjusts their diet to avoid becoming fat to such an extent that their health begins to decline. Someone with an eating disorder will constantly worry about how many calories they consume, will weigh themselves frequently and will avoid catching sight … Read More

Public Speaking & Confidence Building

Unique ways to improve on your confidence & public speaking skills? To many of us, public speaking can be a daunting and stomach turning prospect. It is also something that many of us will have to perform at least once in our lives. Whether it be giving a PowerPoint presentation during our studies, or delivering a speech or lecture as … Read More

Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy for Beginners! Philosophy comes from the Geek word “philosophia” and literally means “the love of wisdom”. The study of philosophy is the study of and hunt for knowledge. It is predominantly conducted through reflection and does not require experimentation. The aim of philosophy is to broaden understanding of a vast array of subjects using responsiveness, reflection, reason and re-evaluation. … Read More

Jealousy & its effect on Relationships

Jealousy has a destructive effect on ALL relationships Jealousy is an interesting emotion. It can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, background or orientation. It is typically described as a sense of threat or insecurity brought about when a treasured relationship is seemingly jeopardised by the introduction of a third party. What’s striking about this nasty emotion is … Read More