These ‘Short Thoughts’ are simply brief (under 15 minute) explorations of topics or questions related to voices, visions, unusual beliefs, trauma or dissociation. If you have a question or topic area that interests you and you’d like me to create a ‘Short Thought’ about it, please either email me or leave a comment on this page.
Short Thought #3: Becoming A Person
This ‘short thought’ shares my experiences of being diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’ and how I found my way back to feeling like a human being again. It explores the relationship between childhood trauma, identity, ‘psychosis’ and recovery. It was inspired by an interesting question asked by a trainee at my Hearing Voices workshop in Belgrade last year.
Short Thought #2: Get To Know Your Voices
This is the second in a series of ‘Short Thoughts’ covering questions that I’m often asked (and topics that interest me). The theme of this ‘short’ is finding some creative ways to get to know your voices. For many, this may seem like a strange task. We can spend so long trying to block out the voices that we hear, especially if they talk about frightening or painful things, that the idea of exploring them may seem off-track. If you’d have spoken to me a decade ago I’d have said a similar thing. Still, finding ways of beginning to listen to (and think about) my voices has been an important step towards finding ways of living with them.
Short Thought #1: ‘Don’t Confront, Don’t Collude?’
This is the first in a series of free ‘shorts’. This one explores the mantra, woven deep into psychiatric practice – the belief that we should neither confront nor collude with beliefs that are seen as ‘delusional’. In the video, I share some of my thoughts about the challenges of this mantra, and question the idea of ‘collusion’ as being applicable to the mental health field.