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What is Attachment Theory?

'They fuck you up, your mum and dad.' - Philip Larkin Attachment theory does not relate to the concept of 'attachment parenting', which as far I know means that the child and parent are literally physically attached as much as possible. Attachment theory is about how we form bonds and attach to our primary caregiver as an infant and can impact on how we relate to others during our whole lives. This is why is can be so useful to discover our 'attachment style', via therapy, reading, workshops, and whatever other means, as this understanding can help us have healthier, more loving and less co-dependent relationships. Conceptualised in the 1950's by John Bowlby, he defines attachment as 'lastin

What is Mindfulness?

“When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future.Then true intelligence arises, and also love.” – Eckhart Tolle What is it? Mindfulness is being present to your experience of the immediate. Think about when you are totally absorbed in something - at the cinema, or engaged in some task. Your mind is not full of thoughts or stories - you are fully experiencing whatever it is. Think about why this usually feels so good - because you have dropped the stories in your head to be present. We can bring this focus to the rest of our lives - we can eat our lunch mindfully, e

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