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Blog Entries from October 2015

Health anxiety, which used to be called hypochondriasis, is where people have an overwhelming fear or conviction that they have symptoms of a serious illness, such as cancer. Around five to ten thousand people in Cornwall will have this problem.

How can we get less bothered by people who behave in a rude and disrespectful manner?

Life is a journey with ups and downs. But our brains tend to focus on the downs. That’s because we have evolved to spot potential danger. So we see the downs more quickly and think longer and harder about them.

In life, our brain can function in very different ways, depending on what we are doing. The American psychologist, Kirk Strosahl, describes this as the “restless mind”, which is created by our brain responding to stress, and “quiet mind”, which is what we experience in moments of calm and contemplation.