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How attachment theory helps with real-life challenges like lockdown

How attachment theory helps with real-life challenges like lockdown

“What happens once you come to understand attachment? What do people do with this knowledge? The best way I know to answer these questions is by telling some real-life stories of people who have undertaken this journey of awareness.”  Those are the words with which I begin one of the chapters in my forthcoming book…

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Can attachment needs help explain Trump’s narcissism?

Can attachment needs help explain Trump’s narcissism?

With Donald Trump’s inauguration upon us in a few days’ time, I find myself thinking of Vice President Biden’s comments earlier this month: “Grow up Donald.  Time to be an adult. You’re president.” That is not going to happen. Why not?  That is the question that I hear being asked repeatedly:  Why is it that…

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Stories of loss move us to action

Stories of loss move us to action

This week, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, made a ground-breaking statement.  No, it wasn’t about political independence.  It was about the political prominence of LOVE. In front of 3000 conference delegates, she said: “My view is simple: every young person deserves to be LOVED.  So let’s come together and make this commitment: to LOVE…

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When we fail to be shocked

When we fail to be shocked

In August, I wrote a piece urging us not to buy into the language of ‘shock’ when it is used to describe images of children caught up in war.  I was trying to help us fight the dangerous pull of sentimentality, when our human emotions easily cloud our ability to look upon harsh realities. What…

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