How do we cope?  Some of us will deal with stresses and strains by setting up an organised working environment. For most, the pressures of legal life will be tolerable and for many, enjoyable. But for some the pressures can become impossible. Like Andrew, we may find ourselves drinking more to keep anxiety at bay. Or we may self-medicate with non-prescription pharmaceuticals. We may know some of the signs and

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8 WAYS TO COPE  2021-01-07T12:06:23+00:00


Researchers at the University of Glasgow have identified 421 words relating to ‘snow’ for a new Historical Thesaurus of Scots. They range from ‘snaw’, to ‘spitters’ (small drops of wind driven snow), and ‘flindrinkin’ (a slight snow shower). Scots also have multiple words for ‘rain’ and ‘mist’. Little surprise there. The wide range of terms show how important observation of the weather has been for people in Scotland, a largely

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SNOWED UNDER  2021-01-07T12:04:10+00:00


They always say time changes things, but you have to change them for yourself. (Andy Warhol)     Stuff happens.  Things happen around us and to us. Sometimes we have little or no control over changing circumstances and events. But always there are things that we can do to make things better. Whether you're preparing for a three hour mock exam or a two-day cross-examination, setting up innumerable completions for

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5 WAYS TO WELLBEING2021-01-07T12:03:00+00:00


So many things happened during the course of the year hard on the heels of each other that Chris really didn't have time to feel that he had dealt with one situation before another presented itself to him. He had experienced a number of losses during the course of the year and had helped to help others to cope with their losses when he heard of his business partner's death.

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CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES  2021-01-07T12:01:44+00:00


“How did you go bankrupt?”, Bill asked. “Two ways”, Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” (Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises)   During the course of the year as events unfolded around and entangled him, Chris's sense of organisation and self-control diminished. Thinking of his sailing experience, he said, “It was like being out in a storm with the rudder bust”. It felt like he was at the mercy of

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SECONDARY TRAUMA2021-01-06T18:54:01+00:00


Daniel Goleman has summarised the notion of ‘social intelligence’ as an overlap of social awareness and social facility.  ‘Social awareness’ refers to a spectrum that runs from instantaneously sensing another's inner state, to understanding their feelings and thoughts, to ‘getting’ complicated social situations. This includes primal empathy (feeling with others and sensing non-verbal emotional signals), attunement (listening with full receptivity and attuning to a person), empathic accuracy (understanding another person's

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SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE  2021-01-06T18:56:06+00:00
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