Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world

In this blog post, trainee counselling psychologist Anastasios Argyropoulos reflects on Paul Verhaeghe’s article ‘Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us’.   In one of his articles in the Guardian, Paul Verhaeghe shared views that are eloquently elaborated in his book What about Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based Society. He invited usContinue reading “Autonomy, change and imagination in a brave new world”

Bending the rules: the secrets I rarely confess

or Ruling the bends: authorising ourselves to practice In this post, guest writer Emily Brookes, and Dr Russel Ayling discuss Emily’s experience of ‘bending the rules’, and Russel’s re-thinking of this idea: understanding our bentness, perhaps, or rather, ‘ruling our bends’.  The more I have talked to my psychology friends the more I have comeContinue reading “Bending the rules: the secrets I rarely confess”

A meditation on free will and authority

Free will and authority are highly relevant and complex concepts in counselling psychology, but rarely discussed in any depth.  In my psychoanalytic training, one of the readings for a class before the summer break was ‘Before The Law’ by Kafka.  In essence, it’s about a man who comes to find the law, meets a gateContinue reading “A meditation on free will and authority”