Revealing the Hidden Pain of Family Estrangement

Estrangement from family is among the most painful human experiences. We are born into a close family tie, and our continued inclusion is literally a matter of life and death. Without an adult’s attention, care and love, we cannot survive infancy. This basic need does not go away, even we are able to look after ourselves. Instead, that early dependence … Read More

What Parents Need to Know About Talking to Teens

Vicky and her daughter Alex are chatting about Alex’s friend, Amber, when Vicky says, “She sounds like trouble.”  Thunderclouds cross the teen’s face.  “You are so annoying!” the 14-year-old proclaims.  Vicky is torn between the wish to comfort her daughter and outrage: “Why are you so upset?  What have I done?  I was agreeing with you!” “All I have to do is … Read More

Are We Missing the Point when it Comes to Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is a hot topic in two senses: it is a subject of high-profile discussion and it is emotionally charged. Recent remarks by Dame Joan Bakewell have fuelled the fire; the meanings of her moderate words (anorexia “could be about…narcissism really” arising from preoccupation with “being beautiful and healthy [sic!] and thin”) have sparked idiosyncratic interpretations that generate argument … Read More

Why We Need International Women’s Day

Explanations of women’s under-representation in science, technology, engineering and maths (only 14% of women entering University choose science related subjects, compared to 39% of boys) are usually stacked up like layers on a wedding cake. The bottom layer, the stodgy foundation, is about “hard wiring”. Fortunately, claiming that gender career segregation is down to differences in women’s and men’s brains … Read More