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Grief is an inevasible experience in life, although the intensity will vary depending upon respective coping mechanisms. Attachment is the root of grief and human beings are always living in an inter-subjective world with relationship with others hence we bond with family members, friends, relatives and grief upon their loss is inescapable. As Queen Elizabeth II put it, ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’

A stress less life is yet to be constituted. All of us have experienced it thus far and regardless of how effectively we manage stress, we continue to experience it in some form. Amongst predominant reasons for causal aspects relating to stress these days, occupational stress i.e. burnout, work & finance related stress and relationship stress tops the charts. The structure of life is such that one has to get up and… Read More

Human beings are endowed with the capacity to construct language and also be the beneficiary of its immensity in terms of construing meaning out of it as well as establishing an acceptable code of communication in which the society can cohere. In addition to the capacity to laugh, the ability to use language discerns us from animals and other species. Through language we can express our needs, emotions, deeper feelings, imaginations, ideas,… Read More

June 25th 2009, Michael Jackson suffered cardiac arrest due to acute Propofol and Benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in LA. When his physician Dr. Conrad Murray found him, he wasn’t breathing and had a feeble pulse. He was later pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre. Coroner’s report stated that he died from a combination of drugs, the anesthetic Propofol and the anxiolytic (inhibits anxiety) Lorazepam. Traces of other less significant… Read More

Immense gratitude we lavish upon those who can make us laugh, be it from a face-to-face or group interaction, a movie, sitcom, stories, book, YouTube clippings, own thoughts, or any other source. Amongst emotions/ feelings such as happiness, delight, contentment, ecstatic, jubilant and so on, that communicate an inner state of a person, laughter is the external indefensible manifestation of a body that is tickled pink due to the impinging humour. Individual… Read More

Clients come for therapy as something in their present circumstance has become unbearable for them. Trauma and grief induced by bereavement, loneliness, terminal illness, past constraints, suicidal tendencies, sexual abuse, psychotic manifestations and so forth are a few amongst the concerns they bring. Client’s perception of the insurmountability of their feelings hinders their state preservation hence they seek help. Jean-Paul Sartre states that ‘The situation alone does not cause the revolution; it… Read More

Crying is an innate characteristic in human beings. It is an involuntary mechanism but we are conditioned to suppress it as we grow up. Actors do seem to voluntarily generate tears but in life, under conditions of intense distress, one cannot regulate its flow but with societal dissuasion against crying, we have learnt to suppress this innate attitude. Children cry a lot and at that age it is an acceptable social behaviour…. Read More

ANATOMY OF STRESS: Bereavement, divorce, accident, estranged relationships, job redundancies, work deadlines, child’s future, abuse, murder, robbery, insults, financial worries; basically all of us are in someway predisposed to some such inescapable triggers. Based on past knowledge, experience, conditioning and mechanisms of coping, the brain interprets these situations in life and ascribe it as potentially dangerous or otherwise. Incase it construes it as danger, the Amygdala (part of the limbic system) who… Read More

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