Category Archives: mental health

Privileged glimpses 13: The saviour fantasy

If you think that you can save the world you are wrong. If you are prepared to work on getting your own piece of the task right you can be part of a team that makes a real difference. The choice may be yours but the price if you overstretch yourself will be paid by your service users Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 12: Don’t flap

Some of the most caring and compassionate people I know are also the ones most likely to turn into headless chickens the moment anything out of the ordinary happens. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 11: Risk-free is impossible

Life without risk would be life without living. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 10: Sympathy isn’t usually helpful

Empathy acknowledges and validates problems and emotions but then moves on to find solutions. Sympathy merely validates distress but offers no help to overcome it. In fact sympathy risks prolonging distress. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 9: Lapse is different from relapse

It is neither necessary nor desirable to convince people that they’ve failed when all they’ve really done is stumble a little along their path to success. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 8: Do as I do

The rule of thumb is very definitely ‘do as I do’ and not ‘do as I say’. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 7: What people say

There is a power imbalance between nurse, carer and service-user and it’s easy for people to be intimidated by that imbalance – even if it’s unintended. Continue reading

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