Category Archives: mental illness

Loving constant

Object constancy is one principle of psychodynamic developmental psychology. The basic idea is that as infants grow older, they come to realise, and can remember, that their caregiver loves them (is a constant in their lives) even when that caregiver … Continue reading

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Silver Linings

When I was in the Therapeutic Community, I had a pair of lace-up silver shoes to wear round the building; far better for me than keeping my orthosis on all day. I can wear those shoes out and about now. … Continue reading

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Ridiskulus

Over the time I have spent in the TC, my temper has calmed some. It is not the case that my emotional responses have lessened in intensity: intensity of emotional experience is part of who I am. Not being able … Continue reading

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Silver and sunlight

Maybe I am still in a state of post-TaizĂ© calm. TaizĂ© was everything I love about TaizĂ© this year. Maybe the theme, “eat your bread with joy” seeped in more deeply than I imagined it had. For the first time, … Continue reading

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Only just begun

It is that time of year again. My bags are packed; my out-of-office reply is on; I’m waiting for the coach to TaizĂ©.  And I could write a post thinking back to last year; thinking on how much I was … Continue reading

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Coming Home

I spent time, earlier this week, in the Therapeutic Community, reflecting on what it means to be home. I wrote. I wrote because writing feels safe and familiar; words give me the structure that I crave amidst the chaos and … Continue reading

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