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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.’

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

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

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

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

What is it that distresses human beings and at what level of anxiety and distress is it considered unsafe for one’s wellbeing. Most of us at some point or the other have experienced varying stages of anguish, pain, torment, distress, depression and related emotions and when this gets to acute or chronic stages it becomes neurosis which is a functional disorder in which feelings of anxiety, obsessional thoughts and compulsive acts dominate… Read More

Corporate anxiety, deadlines, target pressures, multiplicity of tasks, sales quotas, incessant travel, long hours of work, RFP & project milestones and similar push oriented indulgences put inordinate demand over one’s time. There are various pressures, many of which are self-induced but at what stage of buckle is it construed as a burnout. We experience the above daily and keep rationalizing to ourselves that it is part of the career choice made by us… 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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