ARCHETYPES – THIS ONE’S MAINLY FOR LAWYERS

Assume nothing, Believe no one, Check everything. Anon   Uriah Heep, Lionel Hutz, Atticus Finch – what do they have in common? Four syllables each and, in ascending order of reliability, fictional lawyers. Although we have learned recently that Finch was a casual racist … Lawyers are a disparate group. We legislate for and advise most of humanity. Justice is universal. Lawyers come from every background imaginable and practice in

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ARCHETYPES – THIS ONE’S MAINLY FOR LAWYERS2021-01-06T17:37:03+00:00

REVERSING THE THERAPY  

This is where the idea of reverse therapy comes in. Reverse therapy applies the psychological theories which inform rehabilitation, but at the prehabilitation stage. The stresses that we experience as lawyers (or whatever) are not simply physical, or caused by excessive workloads or long hours. They are also intrapersonal and interpersonal. The way that we cope with stresses is significantly determined by the meaning that we attribute to them and

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REVERSING THE THERAPY  2021-01-06T12:20:52+00:00

WHAT ON EARTH IS PREHABILITATION?

They tried to make me go the rehab but I said, “No, no, no”. Amy Winehouse   Prehab can keep us in the Goldilocks zone. A Goldilocks planet is one which falls within its star’s habitable zone. The earth is in the sun’s Goldilocks zone, not too hot, not too cold, but just right, and containing the conditions for life to flourish. Rehabilitation provides the setting for recovery from illness,

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WHAT ON EARTH IS PREHABILITATION?2021-01-06T12:17:26+00:00

SOME FRUITS OF STRESS

A number of studies have recently emphasised the benefits of living a stress-full life. (Yup ... you read right ... stress-full.) The studies tend to contradict received wisdom that assumes that 'stress' is undesirable and should be eliminated from our experience as much as possible. It's important that we have strategies to manage excessive demands and we'll look at these later. Crum But, it's also vital to recognise that we

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SOME FRUITS OF STRESS2021-01-06T12:15:38+00:00

JUGGLING WITH STRESS

Have a look at the pic.  A four coloured juggling ball.  We’ll call it a 'stress ball' for the purpose of this illustration. It shows progressions of stress in our own experience.  The illustration is oversimplified, but may help to illustrate a complex dynamic.  The yellow area represents insufficient pressure which can lead to boredom, rigidity, monotony, clock watching, or ‘under-stress’.  The green zone represents appropriate pressure which brings with

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JUGGLING WITH STRESS2021-01-06T12:14:08+00:00

SOME ROOTS OF STRESS 

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." Lewis Carroll   Stress is not a mental illness. Until the 1950s the term ‘stress’ was rarely used to refer to psychological issues or pressures that could lead to mental illness. In 1956 Hans Selye published "The Stress of Life” [1]. He set out to describe what

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SOME ROOTS OF STRESS 2021-01-06T12:12:31+00:00
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