Category: Brain

Are you a search engine or a filing cabinet?

On first encountering the web in 1996, like most people I was fascinated by two key questions: how can I find information online and how can I enable my own web pages to get found? Like any poet trying to get her head around a problem I constructed real-life analogies—analogies that failed promptly, because a […]

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Singing through migraines

A few weeks ago, 200-odd people sang Donizetti’s Requiem to an appreciative audience in the Wellington Salvation Army Citadel. And one of those 200 people was me. I love this annual workshop, organised by the Wellington Region of the New Zealand Choral Federation. Anyone can join in, anyone at all! On Friday night we start learning an interesting […]

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Reframing real estate: tell a new story

Reframing reality. I’ve known about reframing since hearing these immortal words on a Louise Hay tape 20 years ago: A thought is only a thought. You can think a new thought. Truly? Really? I considered that idea with amazement. I knew it was true, and what a relief! I have used reframing often since then. It changes everything! Or rather, […]

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My very own rest home inside the brain

  In which the jabbering residents of my interior rest home duke it out.   I’ve got my very own rest home inside my skull, with at least five residents. When I try to Think with a capital T about how to prepare for growing old, their voices drown me out. Jabber jabber jabber! Depressa: It’s […]

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Forgot why you went downstairs? Try audible mindfulness: talking to yourself

Talking to yourself has had a bad rap. I do it, you do it (don’t you?), pretty well everyone does it. We’re not crazy! Self-talk has many useful functions and many benefits. For example, your out-loud private talk can provide company, a pep talk, a safety valve, devil’s advocate, or coaching from your infallible cognitive behaviour therapist. Often we […]

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