Rediscovered: the calming power of routine and ritual

Two weeks ago our dishwasher stopped working. I still don't know why and, for now at least, I'm in no hurry to fix or replace it. Here’s why… In August 2002 Lynne and I decided to separate. In May that year I'd offered Lynne her freedom because she had become so distressed and disconsolate that …

Applied Behavioural Analysis

A revealing Facebook discussion ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis): A method often used to treat children with autism spectrum disorders in which environmental stimuli are manipulated in order to produce a desired response. By breaking complex skills into small steps, children can systemically learn to respond and behave in socially appropriate ways. The following discussion took …

Are you a captive to your own Visible Emotional Limits?

When I was a young teenager I learned a valuable lesson from my love of spending time on summer nights with neighbourhood friends under the streetlight at the intersection outside our home. That pool of light represented what was safe. Everything outside it was unknown, mysterious and uncertain. As the balmy summer nights gave way …

Serial Overloads

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By John Counsel What is it? The meaning of “Neural overload” — also called “sensory overload” — tends to depend on the person to whom you’re talking and their professional background. Like most things in life, the simplest explanation is often the best — provided, always, that it takes into account the latest known facts, …