4 Red Flags in Thinking That Sabotage Positive Change

As a ‘brief therapy’ practitioner and coach, helping hundreds of clients each year, I am always interested from a clinical perspective in the small number people who struggle with the process of positive change. In this article I will explore four significant ‘red flags’ to look out for in the way a person thinks – […]

Freedom of Mind – Mind Control & the Power of Suggestion

Do you see yourself as a ‘free thinker’? Would you know if you were being ‘brainwashed? Do you really know your own mind? I believe freedom of mind to be the core freedom that underpins nearly every other type – the ability to truly think for yourself. This means being aware of your conscious decisions but […]

What Is a Double Bind Question?

A double bind is a type of question which results in the same answer regardless of which way it is answered. It is a communication technique often used for persuasion (e.g. in the context of business sales) as well as suggestion (e.g. when being used by a hypnotherapist to help ‘change’ a client’s mind). It can also be used coercively to negatively […]

The Curious Magic of Handwriting and The Mind

With the use of technology in the modern world, longhand handwriting is decreasing in daily usage for many people.  However, with this trend, we risk losing a number of powerful benefits that come from applying handwriting to certain tasks. My Personal Perspective I’m writing this article as someone who works with the human mind and has first-hand clinical experience of the […]

How to Identify and Overcome Limiting Beliefs

Anyone familiar with my work will know I believe that the re-shaping of a person’s identity and beliefs plays a significant part in helping them to make positive changes in their life. In this post I’m going to talk specifically about ‘limiting beliefs’ and how to work out which ones might be stopping you from realising your full potential. Firstly, […]

How to Communicate More Persuasively

A popular type of skills training many clients ask me for is to help them learn the art of persuasive communication. With a recent 1-2-1 client, even from our first conversations it quickly became apparent that this individual’s focus had previously been more on the things they thought they need to say to be persuasive, i.e. looking for the specific words or ‘language patterns’ they believed would […]

How to Deal with Liars and Bulls***ters

When teaching communication skills, I’m often asked is how to spot a liar or how to use particular questions to expose when deception is being used. As I explain in my training, spotting a liar is fairly straightforward if you follow the right approach. However, dealing with a bulls***ter can be more difficult. The philosopher Harry […]

The Difference Between Truth and Opinion

Language and its ability to influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours forms an important aspect of my work. One place it can be very important is in helping to explain and understand the difference between truth and opinion, and the value of this to human communication. Now, I’m not up for some heavyweight debate about […]