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Does experience happen only when the brain gets sensory stimuli (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch) or for experience to happen does it have to undergo some other complex process? A newborn infant is alarmed by certain sounds but with passage of time understands that there is no danger associated with it. Hundreds of such stimuli bombard our senses daily but as we grow up we now have a repertoire of past experiences… 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

An inquest to define happiness elicits the following words from different people; well-being, satisfaction, cheerfulness, high spirits, merriment, laughter, blissful, financial security, great health, relationships and so on. Our respective profession also provides us immense sense of happiness. Pavarotti was happy when he was in operatic singing. His famous last words ‘I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I’ve dedicated my life… Read More

The setting sun is beautiful when viewed from any part of the world and particularly at the beach, it is resplendent. It has the key ingredients to promote romance, alleviate stress, shelve anxiety, layover distress  and associated thoughts. Not eliminate them totally, but a temporary reprieve. Ever wonder why the sky is blue and sunset is a brilliant mix of red, orange and streaks of yellow? We are fortunate enough to experience the… Read More

Buoyancy existed but was discovered in 212 B.C. by Archimedes and stated as ‘Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.’ A ship floats in water due to the buoyancy principle and indeed is a remarkable discovery.   English language further embraced the word buoyant and formally appended  the synonyms resilient, invigorating, cheerful, light hearted… Read More

The habitat of fish is water and it is woven into the very fabric of its being yet fish doesn’t know about the existence of water just like mankind didn’t know about the presence of air once upon a time. Water has been the only medium it survives in and the fish has had no opportunity to compare its agreeability with any other medium. Not that if such an opportunity to compare arose,… Read More

Catastrophising is an inordinate and undesirable fear felt in the present moment about how an event, incident, encounter, engagement or experience will negatively pan out in the future. It is a firm belief aided by irrationality that life will turn out to be far worse than what it is today. It evolved from the word catastrophe which is an extremely large-scale disaster and the verb catastrophising is a phenomenon that occurs in… Read More

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