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AuthorJohn Barclay

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October 15, 2018

“There ain’t no cure for love” Relationship break up is the most common cause of the first depressive episode. Hardly surprising, given our chosen other has rejected us (or fallen short) and our visualised future is shattered. Should we rush to the pill bottle? Lots do. Traces of antidepressants are now found in our oceans. […]

May 22, 2017

At busy times everyone is stressed, lecturers and students alike. In times like this, the Serenity Prayer is my go-to:  “…Grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  I’ve always struggled with the wisdom bit myself, but find the […]

May 8, 2016

Pleasures are ephemeral and range from the purely sensual (e.g. tasting ice cream) to the more complex (e.g. excitement when a try is scored or amusement when watching a sitcom). Both are fleeting, and repeating indulgence soon afterwards doesn’t work; by the fourth taste of an ice cream feelings of pleasure have evaporated. By mindfully […]