To mark the 100th episode of the Allusionist, here’s a celebratory parade of language-related facts.Read More
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Sometimes words can become your worst enemy. Clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist Dr Jane Gregory tells how to defuse their power.
NB: Today's show concerns mental health, and the discussion nudges some topics which may not be comfortable for everybody. So if you have concerns, please sit this episode out, and return in two weeks for the next one.
- When Jane has time around working with her patients, she writes very interesting pieces about CBT at cognitivebehaveyourself.com.
- Here's a summary of CBT from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- Have any of you played a mental health-themed game like Hellblade? How was it?
- Philippa Perry's psychotherapy comic book Couch Fiction is rather wonderful. Read this interview with her then buy a copy from your local bookshop because I can't bring myself to link to Amazon.
- Read a brief history of tennis AKA 'sphairistike'.
- Here's a load of tennis etymology.
- The transcript of this episode is here.
This episode was sponsored by Animoto. Visit animoto.com/words to try out their marvellously easy and swift video-making tools; and if you sign up for a pro account, you can get 15% off if you use the code WORDS. I've really been enjoying my first forays into video-making thanks to them; you can view this week's effort, a compilation of shudder-inducing portmanteau terms, here.
MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- Dr Jane Gregory is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS and her own private practice. Find her at cognitivebehaveyourself.com and @CBYourself
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman. All the music is by Martin Austwick. Hear and/or download more at thesoundoftheladies.bandcamp.com.
- Say hello to me at facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow and twitter.com/helenzaltzman.
I'll be back in a fortnight with a new episode. If you like this show, do tell someone about it. Not in a creepy pyramid scheme way; play it cool.