Reading as a way to improve empathy.

New research has suggested that fiction may be more beneficial to use than we realise, by improving empathy and social skills – this may even include television and video games. Keith Oatley, of… Continue reading

Why every shift I successfully complete is a triumph…

  I have worked in many different areas to some extent; retail, admin, service, event planning and teaching. However my most challenging area so far has to be my current occupation – working… Continue reading

Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries…

  Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries…   Boundaries are a very important part of any relationship; a factor often ignored or unrecognised by many people. They are the blueprint, or foundation, that relationships are built… Continue reading

Captain Do-Good – Why I’m Trying to be More Mindful

       Captain Do-Good – Why I’m Trying to be More Mindful So, I have a new favourite book (Mindfulness for Busy People, by Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel). And I… Continue reading

Listening in Order to Influence

Listening in Order to Influence While you may be aware that listening is an important part of communication; believe it or not, being able to focus full attention on listening is extremely difficult… Continue reading

Scientists film how the brain makes memories for the first time ever!

  Scientists film how the brain makes memories for the first time ever! This is truly amazing, a must-watch video for anyone interested in neuroscience. Taken from SPLOID. ‘For the first time in… Continue reading

Kangaroo Care; Interventions for Premature Babies

Premature births are never what any mum wants for their child. They are not what you’ve planned, or what you’ve dreamed of. After months of pregnancy you just want to get through labour… Continue reading

Accurate Depictions of a Psychopath

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, and learned all there is to learn, a study such as this one by Leistedt and Linkowski pops up. I don’t think I would be… Continue reading

Sensory Processing

If you are an OT, sensory processing is a term that you probably know quite well. It’s something I have heard a lot about during my internship, but have never really understood what… Continue reading

Light Boxes – Do It Yourself

Light boxes are such a useful tool for therapy, and are so easy to make. That’s right, you don’t even need to spend a fortune buying a ready made one – it is… Continue reading

Emotion Regulation – World Mental Health Day

So, as it is World Mental Health Day I have decided to write about something that I find very important to mental health and wellbeing; regulating your emotions. Believe it or not, regulating… Continue reading

Mindfulness – A Useful Tool for Children

Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate, says that when children are over-tired, anxious or stressed out it… Continue reading

Jamie is 13 and hasn’t even kissed a girl. But he’s now on the Sex Offender Register after online porn warped his mind…

I found this article by John Woods on the Daily Mail both extremely shocking an extremely interesting. I urge you to take a look yourselves, so have posted the link to the full… Continue reading

Which Female Archetype Are You?

There are many reasons why men and women are attracted to each other – and why different people seem to work well as a couple. However, in an article by Rhonda Court for… Continue reading

The Importance of Listening

Shy children are everywhere – it is a common temperament for children to have. Some children grow out of it throughout their school years, and some don’t. But the question is, how do… Continue reading

  • Philippa Berry

    Bsc(Hons) Psychology, Mental and Physical Health at the University of Reading. Interested in Occupational Therapy, and Developmental and Social Psychology.