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There is nothing shocking about this image

There is nothing shocking about this image

There is nothing shocking about this photo.  It is totally predictable for a country at war. Yet that is the wording chosen by the Guardian:  “Shocking image emerges of Syrian child.” And by NPR News:  “A wounded child shocks the world.” And by CBN News:  “Child’s shocking image becomes the face of Syria.” And of course by the Daily Mail:…

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What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

I think that, over the last week, I have read just about every Brexit opinion piece published anywhere.  What is there to be said that hasn’t been said?  What words are left that could be of use? How about these three words? “Rupture and repair.” The concept of ‘rupture and repair’ lies at the heart…

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The compassion challenge posed by Jo Cox’s death

The compassion challenge posed by Jo Cox’s death

The killing of MP Jo Cox has profoundly shocked the UK.  The country has been plunged into mourning, heightened by the dedicated way she lived her values of compassion, humanitarianism, equality and public duty. A number of deeply thoughtful articles appeared over the days after her death, situating this devastating tragedy within the dark political mood that…

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How attachment theory explains Trump’s success – and Hitler’s too

How attachment theory explains Trump’s success – and Hitler’s too

Donald Trump has done it. He’s won the Republican nomination, having convinced enough Americans that he has the qualities needed to be a Presidential candidate. The rest of the world is looking on with disbelief, confusion, terror and derision. Many commentators are firmly of the view that, given the statistics, Trump has no chance of…

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