Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy

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Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy Occasionally, a book comes along that manages to capture that rare combination of being delightfully easy to read while also being remarkably insightful. ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ is one such book and the one that made me become an instant fan of Alain De Botton. While some may find it bordering on ‘self-help’, there is a charm about this work that makes it feel more like a casual chat that is inspiring rather than trying to take itself too seriously and coming across as overly pretentious. There is something truly approachable about De Botton’s writing style in that it feels like he is sitting across a cafe table from you, casually chatting about all these fascinating philosophers from the past and what they had to say that can be used to provide us with some assistance today. He has the incredible ability to make philosophy come to life so that it becomes more than just a framework of thought but something that is relevant to us and that we can apply to our own lives. De Botton offers up six chapters covering different topics within ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’; Unpopularity, Not Having Enough Money,…

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2016

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This time last year, I set out to make the last few weeks of the year really count. I was completing my Diploma of Hypnotherapy and felt a strong desire to work on real presenting issues and use the skills I had spent the prior two years learning to help make change in people’s lives. At the same time, I felt that I wanted to give back to the LGBTQIA community, of which I had been a part of for so many years of my life. I came up with my own campaign, ‘Positive Change’. It allowed me to see clients, to offer them assistance and to allow their change to help provide assistance to those people living with HIV. As a result, it allowed me to hand over $450 to the Victorian AIDS Council at the end of the last year, made in memory of Kerrie Le Gore, a wonderful Melbourne entertainer and local legend who had sadly passed away a few weeks prior. This year, I’d like to do it all again. This time, I’d love to be able to get in front of more people, help promote more change and, in turn, be able to offer a…

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OUTthink – Chat with Daniel

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The following is a transcript of the first podcast of ‘OUTthink’. It’s the first part of a two-part podcast. OUTthink is now available to download or stream now from iTunes, Youtube and Podomatic. Lawrence Akers: Hi, and welcome to OUTthink. My name is Lawrence Akers. I am a clinical therapist, a member of the LGBTQI community, and a passionate advocate for mental health. I’m going to pass it over to my guest to introduce himself for this week. Daniel Cordner: Good day! My name’s Daniel Cordner. I’m a graphic designer, I’m a bike rider, I like to dig in the garden, vegetarian, I love to train handstands, and I’ve also been living with HIV for 11 years. LA: Thanks Danny. So living with HIV for the past 11 years — obviously it’s something that’s become a part of your life and it’s something that you’re quite comfortable with. Let’s start perhaps by going right back to the start and perhaps talking a little bit about what it was back then to be diagnosed HIV positive. DC: So I was diagnosed 11 years ago. HIV was a very different thing 11 years ago. So when I was first diagnosed, I was…

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Why I Created OUTthink.

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Why I Created OUTthink – An LGBTQIA Podcast It’s an exciting day for me as, today, I publish my first podcast, ‘OUTthink’. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down and explore topics relating to the LGBTQIA community with people who can offer an amazing insight. Within those conversations, there are stories of shame, stigma, alienation, abandonment and, most importantly, self-acceptance and self-love. These are stories of people who have been thrown into some unexpected and difficult situations and have managed to make their way to acceptance, understanding, empathy and pride. The reason why I wanted to do this podcast was simple; people often don’t put mental health into the spotlight, let alone some of the added issues that come with belonging to the LGBTQIA community. When we are faced with unresolved shame and stigma in our lives, what holds it in place is keeping it secret. Within these podcasts, we allow the thoughts, feelings and emotions that are often not discussed to be brought to light, to be shared with the world and to allow those often uncomfortable thoughts and feelings to be released. Within these podcasts, you may hear a…

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Book Review: Healing The Shame That Binds You

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Book Review: Healing The Shame That Binds You John Bradshaw Shame is such a fascinating topic. Often described as ‘the master emotion’, shame is frequently misunderstood while often remaining the source of many mental health issues that exist out there. In modern day conversation, shame can often be used to describe ‘something’ that a person(s) is missing out on. For example, if I was to say a sentence like ‘it is a shame that Bob couldn’t join us today’, we can ascertain that either Bob or ourselves (or both) are being deprived of something although even in this context, we still have no clear definition of what ‘shame’ actually is. ‘Healing The Shame That Binds You’ is a wonderful guide in first understanding what shame is along with how shame can actually be both beneficial and toxic depending on how we choose to action that shame felt. Bradshaw is capable of writing in a way that is both engaging without feeling too ‘simple’. His writing clearly shows that he has thoroughly researched the topic, often drawing in citations from clinical research as well as examples from his own years of clinical therapeutic experience. In this way, we tend to feel…

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