Do You Feel the Need to Be Impressive?

[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] Hi, my name’s Neil Hughes and, because I’m human, I want you to be impressed by me. This is a normal urge. We are social animals, so it’s natural to be concerned about our status within the tribe. Our brains: Am I important? What do people think when…

Loving Your Inner Critic?

I was asked to write a gentle article about self-love and our inner critics for selfharm UK. You can click here to read it over on their website. Inner critic: Save yourself the trouble, it’s rubbish. I think it’s fine. Probably some people will agree with me, some with my inner critic. That’s fine too….

Laughing at Anxiety – Or With It – Or Something

[I originally wrote this article for the Huffington Post – click here to see it in its natural habitat] Laughter is the best medicine. (Unless you’re trying to treat insomnia, in which case laughter is at best highly inconvenient or – more likely – annoying beyond belief.) But how useful is laughter for the anxious?…