Articles by Linda Blair

How to Have a Harmonious Family Christmas

How to Have a Harmonious Family Christmas

We all look forward to Christmas, to the chance to catch up with friends and family, to share good food, to sit beside warm fires, and to enjoy a well-deserved break from our hectic schedules. Often, however, the longed for harmony and bonhomie doesn’t last. The lack of light in December means many of us suffer bouts of low mood, and the demands made on us socially and at work mean that, by the time we get to Christmas itself, we’re feeling tired and grumpy—and often anything but sociable! So how can you rescue this situation? What can you do to ensure that...
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Why Do We Like Being Scared?

Why Do We Like Being Scared?

Horror. Danger. Suspense. What’s the attraction? There’s certainly no doubt that the attraction exists. Crime novels and dark tales of the occult regularly make their way into the best-seller lists, and horror films are ever popular. What’s so good about feeling scared, and how universal is the desire to do so? To answer these questions, we need to start with some definitions. It may surprise (but not frighten!) you to learn that humour, surprise and fear are closely related. The element that binds them is expectation. When something happens that is...
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Birth Order: Does Your Position in Family Really Make a Difference?

Birth Order: Does Your Position in Family Really Make a Difference?

Whether you’re the eldest, a middle, the youngest or a single child will have a powerful impact on your character. Your character is shaped by many factors of course, but your position in the family is particularly important because it’s continually reinforced throughout your life. To gain a realistic picture of how and why birth order makes a difference, let’s start with the qualities that, in broad terms, are characteristic of each birth order position. First borns You are the only child in a family who enjoyed the undivided attention of your carers, only to...
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Why Introverts Don't Like Parties

Why Introverts Don't Like Parties

Extroverts crave excitement. They often take chances, and they tend to act on the spur of the moment. They find it hard to motivate themselves to finish tasks, but they generally have lots of friends, and love to party. Introverts, on the other hand, prefer to avoid excitement and pressure from the outside world. They’re more...
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Cosmetic Surgery Makes Beauty That's Barely Skin Deep

Cosmetic Surgery Makes Beauty That's Barely Skin Deep

I was sad to read in The Guardian today that there’s been a big rise — nearly 17 per cent – in the demand for cosmetic surgery in Britain in the last year. Breast augmentation is the number one favourite, with anti-ageing techniques such as eyelid surgery and face and neck lifts following closely behind.  I was, however, not surprised to read that there’s also been a rise in reports of patient dissatisfaction. Quite apart from any issues of competence  this shows that cosmetic surgery doesn’t offer lasting satisfaction. Why not? First, the procedures rarely promise...
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Seven Ways to Streamline Your Schedule

Seven Ways to Streamline Your Schedule

It can be easy to feel rushed off our feet or like we don’t have the time to do the things we really want to, because we’re just too busy. The solution, writes acclaimed author, journalist and clinical psychologist Linda Blair, is to streamline your schedule. It will cut out the clutter, let you do more of what you want and help you enjoy more of life. Streamlining presupposes a clear path ahead, so before you can make plans and expect your life to run smoothly, you will have to de-clutter. There are three types of clutter that hold us back: psychological,...
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