Category nature/nurture

Worlds apart (but still neighbours)

One of the many weird and wonderful things I did on the journey to becoming a psychologist was interviewing a range of teenagers from all over the UK. I was doing a study exploring how teenagers cope when one parent is seriously unwell. What impressed me the most about every single teen was their resilience […]

The New Blue

I’m finding it hard to write this. Partly because it’s very personal. Mainly because, as I write, I have a loud whooshing sound in my ears, zaps of bright light attacking the edges of my vision and a throbbing pressure on my head which gets worse when I move my head, walk, lie down or […]

Behind the Blank Slate

“Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished?” (John Locke, 1690) Watching that tiny, wise face, it is hard to believe that there was once a time when we though…

Without Walls

As your bump grows it can sometimes feel that it is creating a barrier between you and those around you. While some will watch in awe and excitement as the life within you becomes increasingly visible, you may notice that others become distant as …

The Space Within

The workings of the female body have often been seen as somewhat of a mystery, and no more than during pregnancy when you’re left wondering what on earth is going on in there. The day of your first scan at around 12 weeks is not just a chance to c…