Richard Nicholls
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Impulse Control

Episode 188: Impulse Control

Whether it's because of tempting treats in your cupboard, the opportunity to play at online roulette or trying to push away thoughts that we don't like. Sometimes our brain works against us rather than for us and leads us down paths we were deliberately trying to avoid.
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BLM

Episode 187: Pride & Prejudice

Today's episode is a bit of a deep dive into racism, in response to the recent Black Lives Matter movement that has been gaining greater traction throughout the world this month.
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Words & Language

Episode 186: Words & Language

Part 4 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Talking To Yourself

Episode 185: Talking To Yourself

Part 3 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Mental Narratives

Episode 184: Mental Narratives

Part 2 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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The Meaning Behind The Thinking

Episode 183: The Meaning Behind The Thinking

Part 1 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Conspiract Theories

Episode 182: Conspiracy Theories

What is it about conspiracy theories that makes them so popular?
Why can seemingly intelligent people believe myths that have no evidence to support them?
Put on your tin foil hat and let's find out shall we.
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The Foundations Of Confidence

Episode 181: The Foundations Of Confidence

Confidence can be a tricky subject to talk about because its so big and ambiguous. What is confidence to one person is arrogance to someone else. Also, someone can be confident but still be anxious in certain situations, so it's even hard to define it really.
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Dealing With The Coronavirus

Episode 180: Dealing With The Coronavirus

I've had a lot of messages from listeners asking for mental health advice during all this Coronavirus craziness.
It's on every website, every news channel. Every conversation you overhear in a shop. It's on everyones minds and so it should be...to a degree.
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Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Episode 179: Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Question: When is an Eagle not an Eagle?
Answer: When it thinks it's a Chicken.

Despite being an Eagle, if you think you're a Chicken can you really fly above everyone?
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How To Feel Alive

Episode 178: How To Feel Alive

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Or as Albert Einstein once said "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

Today is all about my 5 tips on a more enthusiastic life! That and a massive rant at the end about mental health priorities in government policy making, sorry!
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Accept Yourself

Episode 177: Accept Yourself

Despite New Year being a time associated with making changes, today I want to talk about what seems at first like the opposite of change.
Although it might still be a change, and might even be the best one you could ever make. Because there are surprising benefits that come from accepting yourself as you are, in making the decision to not changing and instead enjoying being you in the first place.
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The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter - By Richard Nicholls

It had been 6 weeks since the funeral.
Long enough to get used to the idea that he was an orphan now. Dan had laughed a little when he first used that word, orphan.
How old do we have to be before we no longer describe ourselves as that? He thought to himself. But to him, Dan was an orphan. After all both his parents had died, first his Dad, although that was many years ago and now his Mum.
But, at 57 years old to describe yourself as an orphan seemed odd, hence…
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Are New Years Resolutions a good idea or not?

Grandads Gift

I didn't believe him at first, I looked at him on the playground through squinted, suspicious eyes.
"There's no such thing as Santa Claus!" he'd said and laughed at me. Of course, if he was right then I'd been lied to through all of the 9 years of my life.
But I was a clever boy, and I could understand why, if it was true that there was no such thing as Father Christmas, all parents would collude with each other to create this magical present bringing character.
But I didn't want to hear it from the biggest idiot in the class on the last day of term…
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What's the meaning of life?

Episode 176: The Meaning Of Life

Apart from 42, is there actually an answer to "What is the meaning of life?"
In attempting to answer that it often brings up further questions such as "What's my purpose?"
And it's worth separating purpose from meaning. After all, we can have a meaningful life without having any particular purpose can't we? Living a meaningful life can become the purpose.
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Anxiety Of The Unknown

Episode 175: Anxiety Of The Unknown

Over the last couple of years I've had a few messages from listeners about their fear of an uncertain future, and it's cropped up in the consulting room quite a lot too.
One thing that has been a big cause of it has been Brexit. Not knowing whether something about your future is going to be easier, more difficult, or exactly the same isn't helpful.
We like routines, our brain loves the idea that tomorrow is going to be the same as yesterday. If we're alive today then yesterday must have been safe and so our instincts want tomorrow to be the same. And life just isn't like that.
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