MOL focusses on the distress underlying any particular symptom pattern rather than the symptoms themselves

Comparing Ourselves to Others

A new article has just been posted to the In Control blog. The article is here: In the article, the very common tendency to compare ourselves to others is discussed. Of particular interest is the fact that many of these comparisons seem to be in an upward direction. That is, we compare ourselves to people […]

Posted 25.01.19

Check out the In Control blog for a new article

I’ve just posted the latest article to the In Control blog. You can find it here: In this article I explore that phenomenon of having different parts or pieces of ourselves. The secret to peace of mind is to find the piece in the background of other pieces that might be arguing or fighting. It’s […]

Posted 14.12.18

The In Control Blog has a new article!

Continuing the theme from last month’s article, the article for this month is titled “Why Bother?”. You can access it here: In this article I highlight the fact that some bothers are fleeting but others hang around for much longer. I go on to suggest that the ones that hang around are being fuelled by […]

Posted 30.11.18

A New Slant on an Old Idea Using a Familiar Concept

Another article has just been posted to the In Control blog on Psychology Today. You can access the article here: The article suggests that the central feature of psychological distress is the sense of being “bothered” rather than any particular thought or behaviour or anything else that might be identified as a “symptom”. The key […]

Posted 28.10.18

Controlling People Will Never Give Up

That’s the title of my latest article for my In Control blog. You can find the article here: I use the article as an opportunity to explain the mechanics of control and to point out that, fundamentally, we are all controlling people. My stance in this article is that we need to embrace control rather […]

Posted 05.09.18

Another In Control blog article

The statement “Have it your way” has formed the basis of another article in the In Control blog at Psychology Today. The article can be located here: In the article, the way in which that simple statement summarises the fundamental purpose of living is described. Life is a continual process of trying to have things […]

Posted 12.08.18

A new article on the In Control blog

I’ve just posted an article titled “Why Do We Do Things We Don’t Want To Do?” on the Psychology Today site. You can find the article here: The article explains how central our wants are to all that we do and, in fact, our very existence. Everything we do is connected to our wants. We […]

Posted 05.08.18

Some thoughts on consciousness

A new article has just been published in the Annals of Behavioral Science. The article is an interpretation of consciousness from a PCT perspective. You can find the article here: When viewed through a PCT lens, many of the established queries and puzzles about consciousness disappear. In their place, new questions can be considered regarding […]

Posted 31.07.18

Find Out Just How Groovy Control Is

A new article has just been posted to the In Control blog at Psychology Today. The article is titled “The Grooviness of Control: You could learn to love it.” You can find it here: I wrote the article in response to the people who have suggested to me that the word “control” has negative connotations […]

Posted 22.06.18

In Control blog hits 1/2 a million views

It was wonderful recently to discover that the views on my In Control blog past the 500,000 mark. There are now 44 articles on the blog and, as of early on 6 June, there were 537,158 views. It’s wonderful to know that there’s so much interest in these ideas. Thanks to all those who contributed […]

Posted 05.06.18

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    Controlling People: The paradoxical nature of being human.

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