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Men shackled by emotional and cultural barriers

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Men shackled by emotional and cultural barriers

Reading Michael Short’s recent recollection that he suppressed the memory of childhood sexual abuse for more than 35 years, and the disclosures of similar experiences Michael’s writing prompted in others, led me to wonder – why does this happen? Why are such pivotal memories wiped from the blackboard of our conscious awareness and then later recalled due to a triggering event?

And why is this a common experience, particularly for men?

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One More Time With Feeling: A Reflection

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One More Time With Feeling: A Reflection

Nick Cave’s film, ‘One More Time With Feeling’, is directed by Andrew Dominik and marks the release of Cave’s next album ‘Skeleton Tree’. The content is weighted with the death of Cave’s son, Arthur, who fell from a cliff in 2015.

It is a masterpiece.

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Sending love and condolences to my old flame, Nick Cave.

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Sending love and condolences to my old flame, Nick Cave.

At 16, I snuck into my first over-age gig at The Forum to see Nick Cave. I elbowed my way to the front row and when he bent down on one knee and sang “last night my kisses were banked in black hair,” I was sure he was whispering just to me …

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When Freedom Becomes A Prison: mental health and poverty

Posted by in Culture, Politics, Psychology

When Freedom Becomes A Prison: mental health and poverty

So, this week was Anti-Poverty Week, which ran right after Mental Health Week.

And why should we care?

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Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist (A recorded conversation with Robina Courtin)

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I hosted this talk “Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist” with the wonderful Venerable Robina Courtin, at The University of Melbourne, on the 11th of September. It’s about how to use Buddhist Psychology to deal with upsetting mental states and emotions …

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I choose life. I choose me – Why anxiety isn’t love and some other stuff I’ve figured out along the way.

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I choose life. I choose me – Why anxiety isn’t love and some other stuff I’ve figured out along the way.

Why anxiety isn’t love and some other stuff I’ve figured out along the way.

Female. Single. 33. Childless.

That’s me.

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How I’ve learnt to slay the black dog: a heroine’s tale.

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How I’ve learnt to slay the black dog: a heroine’s tale.

Here’s a home truth you won’t hear from many health and wellness professionals – we’re not perfect. Your life coach, personal trainer, massage therapist, naturopath, yoga teacher, nutritionist, psychologist, meditation guide… guess what? They all have their own health problems …

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Want to be a healthy Australian? Don’t try and fit into other people’s boxes.

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Want to be a healthy Australian? Don’t try and fit into other people’s boxes.

Being an Australian is a funny thing – full of uncomfortable contradictions, painful home truths and a happy, boastful pride. I adore this big, bold, beautiful country. I love its intensity, its uniqueness and its childlike spirit. I love being an Aussie. But really feeling like an Australian is something that I’ve slowly grown into.

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Heat Wave Health and Happiness

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Heat Wave Health and Happiness

There’s something eerie and kind of magic about a heat wave. Four days in a row of temperatures above 40 degrees is too much for most people. We get tired and irritable. It’s just too damn hot. And while everyone is complaining about how uncomfortable they are, it becomes even more uncomfortable to announce your own enjoyment of the situation because it implies that you have the money, free time and good fortune to be swimming, eating ice-cream and basking in the sunshine.

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What’s wrong with the health and fitness industry? Its focus is on kicking goals.

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What’s wrong with the health and fitness industry? Its focus is on kicking goals.

Don’t get me wrong. I like achieving. I like seeing results. I like feeling as if I’m more competent than the next person. But here’s the thing: I’m tired of being told that I’m not good enough unless I’m ‘achieving my goals’

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