Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds


Was thinking about NLP and living by “truths” and came across this list of 15 Assumptions to live by. No whether they are actually True or not is irelevent….if you believe them to be true then they will shape your life in that fashion. The power of positive thinking 🙂

The Belle Jar

1. Assume that you are loved.

2. Assume that those who love you find some kind of value in you and the things you do.

3. Assume, however, that you don’t need to be valuable in order to be worthy of love.

4. Assume that there is no one out there keeping a tally of all of your failings, ready to throw it in your face when you’re either feeling too good or too awful about yourself.

5. Assume that if anyone actually is keeping a tally of all your failings, that act says more about them than it does about you.

6. Assume that you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time; maybe not even some of the people some of the time.

7. Assume that you will, over the course of your life, sometimes anger or disappoint the people you love.

8. Assume that…

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A Student’s perspective: ‘Exploring the use of theoretical application in practice’

A guest Post by Michelle Perryman, a 2nd year MSc Occupational Therapy Student (Accelerated Route) from the UK


Over the past two years, i have asked Occupational Therapist’s (OT’s) which theory underpins their practice? I was told the 100% of theoretical consideration I seek would only contribute to around 30% of my reasoning’s in the ‘real world’. Furthermore, at times evidence-based practice will not be mentioned.  As a result, I observed. So what did I find? Although, the professionals did not verbally link theory, this however, was projected by their practice, I found the OT’s employing Frames of references  (FORs) such as the client centered approach to the behavioral FOR (and more). So I questioned? Why is the expression of evidence based practice important if its already being used? Continue reading

Another thought provoking blog post by Allison Sullivan

The World of Mentalists

Hello TWOM folks. @allisulli back with another blog. For those of you who don’t know me, or missed my first blog here, this is what I was thinking back in October on World Occupational Therapy Day.

What inspired me to take another swing at blogging is my persistent, chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a very common “occupational barrier” (as we OTs like to call it), and it seems to make its unwelcome presence known frequently in the world of mentalists. A quick look around twitter seems to bear this out:

@VexedLes shared this tweet:

Sleep aid, not working. Emo stability, wavering. Mental processing, rage. Deep breathing & relaxation is making me wild eyed. #BPD #insomnia

@UnstableWarrior reported:

Blogging took off some of the extra tension from this evening, but I’m still wide awake. #insomnia I deserve it. I feel awful.

And @underthebpd noted:

I can tell you what isn’t happening. Sleep…

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