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The effects of unused stress

In the third part of the stress blog we look at the effects of unused stress. In part one, I wrote about the physiological processes of stress. Part two talked about why knowing about them matters.
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The physiology of stress

The physiology of stress “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another” (William James) Stress is not a modern invention This quote from William James (1842–1910), a lead American thinker, philosopher and psychologist, makes it clear that stress is an old phenomenon and one we all want to combat. “Why pooing your pants is not the only option” is a series of blogs that journeys deeper into the phenomenon we call stress. First we kick off with stress’s physiology – why, when stressed, some of us run to the toilet whilst others turn to
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Ute Liersch gets Congratulations

Ute Liersch gets congratulations Ute Liersch gets Congratulations to fourth year DPsych student, Ute Liersch, who won the Student-Practitioner Award at the International Meaning Conference (IMEC) 2019. Liersch 's presentation, based on her doctoral research, was entitled ‘The meanings of chronic pain acceptance’. Chronic pain management programmes are a widespread and valuable form of group therapy within the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, said Dr Isabel Henton, Head of Regent’s DPsych Counselling Psychology programme. ‘One core aim of these programmes is to help people work towards acceptance of their chronic pain condition. Ute's research explores understandings of the
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Looking at dyslexia through the eyes of a dyslexic

Looking at dyslexia through the eyes of a dyslexic: New book available now Chapter 9 in Leadership and Diversity in Psychology “Shackles far beyond the written word” Extract: Why is it so difficult for a person with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia to enter higher education—even to work in academia? Is it because dyslexia support is not sufficient? It is because we are not intelligent or motivated enough? Ute Liersch critically considers these questions by investigating the genesis of dyslexia, by exploring the helpfulness and hindrances of a diagnosis of dyslexia, and by challenging the non-dyslexic reader's assumptions. She invites us
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The application of the existential-phenomenological four-dimension model in working with chronic pain

The application of the existential-phenomenological four-dimension model in working with chronic pain Pain is important for survival, but chronic pain has lost this danger-signalling property. It is highly prevalent in our society and many sufferers struggle with their lives. The National Health Service treats chronic pain predominantly with the biomedical model despite recommendations for multidisciplinary team treatments, where clients often arrive only when conventional treatments have failed. Within these multidisciplinary services, evidence-based psychological treatment is offered, mainly using cognitive behavioural and recently acceptance and commitment therapy. However, the evidence suggests high dropout rates, and research trials have tended to exclude
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