Beware the law of blind optimism – The dark side of positive thinking

A version of this article was published in Health Intelligence Magazine July/August Issue 2015 Even a sceptic would probably concede that magical thinking is more fun than reality, but myth busting authors like Barbara Ehrenreich, who wrote Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America, show us that there isn’t a smidgeon of [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:36:38+00:00 August 6th, 2015|EQ Blog|2 Comments

Depression: Relabeling life’s ups and downs or a modern malaise?

Since a 1990 edition of Time Magazine featured the antidepressant drug – Prozac –on its cover as a ‘miracle cure’ for depression, it seems a little curious that the world has become more depressed, not less. It’s well known that a severe clinical depression is a debilitating condition that one can’t snap out of (like [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:35:21+00:00 August 5th, 2015|EQ Blog|0 Comments

Are we all narcissists?

Published in Health Intelligence Magazine – May 2015 South Africa’s EQ expert (or guru) Steph Vermeulen explains why the “self-esteem movement” has made narcissism look normal. Countless books and self-help programmes have been dedicated to the subject of cultivating self-esteem. With a few generations having been raised to believe the central importance is self-worth, the [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:34:14+00:00 August 5th, 2015|EQ Blog|1 Comment

Rethinking the Brain

If you’ve ever learnt anything about the brain it probably involved remembering specific functions of the various regions that register sight, sound, speech, memory etc., and mamage to these specialised areas meant a loss of functioning that could never be restored.  But fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) have now given scientists a peek into the [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:32:33+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|EQ Blog|0 Comments

Memes: Are we simply viruses of the mind?

Human beings are followers of fashion and most are quite brazen about copying popular ideas, mannerisms, inventions, poetry, art, songs, recipes or even stories from one another.  Learning by imitation is what the biologist Richard Dawkins termed ‘memes’ in his book The Selfish Gene.  The word is derived from the Greek term ‘mimemes’ - meaning [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:31:31+00:00 June 28th, 2015|EQ Blog|1 Comment

Kili-ing the Inner Princess

An edited version of this article was first published in the January 2007 issue of O Magazine South Africa under the title 'Scaling new heights' Fifty years after 20 000 South African women took to the streets to march against apartheid, author Stephanie Vermeulen is one of six females to have undertaken a challenging walk [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:21:17+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|EQ Blog|0 Comments