The dark side of me

This Halloween as we dress up and ghouls and goblins let’s take a quick moment to think about the ghouls and goblins we carry around with us on the other 364 days of the year.

Whilst all of us have the capacity to be the best a human can be, we also have the capacity to be the worst a human can be.Continue reading

On being naturally talented

I spent this morning working on a play that I’m writing. This afternoon I’m going to do some illustration for my next book. If my previous teachers were to have picked a child least likely to grow up and write a play, or illustrate a book, I would have been a strong contender.Continue reading

Writing my symphony. Will you ever know what your best work is like?

I’ve always found it useful to borrow metaphors from the arts in my work. As a researcher, I try to avoid seeing myself as a technician and instead see myself as a craftsperson. For me there is an important distinction between the two. A technician may be able to use their tools to a high standard but the craftsperson’s relationship with their work is deeper. A craftsperson has a process, a philosophy. They don’t just know how to produce good work, they also know why. They don’t just use tools, they create them. They don’t just produce work for someone else – they produce work as an end in itself.

At the moment my work is motivated by an idea that is borrowed from music: I want to know what my symphony would sound like.Continue reading

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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It’s the time of year for reflection. A moment to look back at the year that has gone and look forward to the year ahead. Reflection is an important piece of internal feedback – a way of learning and growing from my mistakes, noticing and celebrating my successes, and spotting whether I’ve wandered off my chosen path.Continue reading

Talking about courage and vulnerability at The Dare Conference

Being courageous is something that all of us find difficult. We want to grow, we want to become the person we aspire to be – but stepping away from our comfort zones can be  frightening. We can be afraid of getting it wrong. We can be afraid of rejection. We can be afraid of uncertainty. It’s these fears that can hold us back.  Continue reading

The experiment in time and space

March 24th 2013

Today is a very special day for me as it marks the end of a one year experiment in time and space. The experiment started with a problem about space – I needed to find a home. This was proving to be a problem because I was looking for somewhere affordable in London (I was soon to learn that ‘affordable in London’ is an oxymoron).Continue reading

The champagne detox

What happens when a psychologist writes her own alcohol detox programme? ‘The champagne detox’ is my personalised approach to starting the new year with a bit of a detox.Champagne detox_02Continue reading