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Inspired by the interplay between therapy, poetry, neuroscience and novels in Start the Week.
Forensic psychotherapist Dr Gwen Adshead talked about the lost natures of her Broadmoor patients, in whom she can still sometimes recognise the little boys they once were.
William Boyd explored how early talent can flourish suddenly and then fade slowly.
Craig Raine compared the "language on point" composition of a poem to the art of dress-making.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind -- William James
Really healthy families don't believe that suffering adds significantly to their lives - John Cleese, p15, Life and How to Survive It
One measure of health is the extent to which people see the world as it really is, without distorting it so as to suit their own imaginations - Robin Skynner, p4, Life and How to Survive It
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), said by Claudius. Hamlet (1601), Act 3, Scene
It's easier to let go of a relationship that's been really good, because the memory of it is positive - Robin Skynner, p16, Life and How to Survive It
I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed - James Thurber