Your amazing mind

Objectophilia – the things we love

What have all of these got in common? Duvet. Car. Railway station. The Eiffel Tower. Hologram. Doll. Full marks if your answer was “they’re all automatically suggested when you google ‘man marries’ or ‘woman marries’”. Welcome to the world of objectophilia.

The Baader Meinhof phenomenon

41 years have passed since the deaths of members of the Baader Meinhof gang in Stammheim. Whilst you may not have heard of them lately, or at all, you will have experienced the Baader Meinhof phenomenon.

Pheromones – our long-distance messengers

Pheromones have been called ‘the pack animals of desire’. They’re chemical messengers that use our sense of smell as a vital route of communication between everything from couples to pigs and truffles.

Smell and memory – our deepest link

Smell and memory are inextricably linked – but smell is actually our quickest route to old and forgotten memories.

Loss of smell – anosmia

Loss of smell as a sense (anosmia) might not seem like such a big deal. But for those affected the results can be devastating – depression, isolation, and even the breakdown of relationships.

The teenage brain explained

It’s common knowledge that teenagers’ behaviour and mood swings are down to hormones and puberty. It’s also wrong – in fact the teenage brain is much different than we understood even 10 years ago.

The link between your gut and mood

It’s not just messages about hunger or discomfort that the gut brain sends to your brain. There’s a fundamental link to mental health – between the health of your gut and mood.

Your second brain – the gut brain

We’re all familiar with our brain, and the idea of it being the control centre for our body. However, we’ve all got a second brain too – our gut brain.

Sensitivity to noises – can hypnotherapy help?

We know that hypnotherapy can be a useful treatment for tinnitus, especially combined with other approaches.  But can it be useful for sensitivity to noises from the environment?

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I’m delighted to host a guest blog on PTSD from Sarah Rees, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR practitioner.  PTSD is one of Sarah’s areas of expertise, and I know first-hand how effective her therapy is.