Monthly Archives: January 2012

self-esteem vs. Self-esteem

Last day of my first Psychiatry attachment today… sitting in a group therapy session on self-esteem, the therapist said this: “You shouldn’t invest too much of yourself in other people because you can’t guarantee that they’ll always be there for … Continue reading

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Mercy from first to last

I’m reading ‘Knowing God’, by J. I. Packer, at the moment and discovered this gem on the tube yesterday morning: ‘God is love’ is the complete truth about God so far as the Christian is concerned. To say ‘God is … Continue reading

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Patience and Sonship

Patience, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray, But bid for, Patience is! Patience who asks Wants war, wants wounds; weary his times, his tasks; To do without, take tosses, and obey. Rare patience roots in these, and, these … Continue reading

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The Wrong Addiction

I’d come across most of the conditions treated by the addiction service at my current hospital: alcoholism, drug addiction – whether to illegal or prescription drugs, eating disorders (which can be seen as an addiction to bingeing or restricting intake). But although most of the patients have come in for one or more of these addictions, within the unit several others are discussed. Workaholism, co-dependency, compulsive helping and what is referred to in the trade as ‘SLA’ – sex and love addiction – are all recognised as features of an addictive personality. SLA is particularly topical at the moment (though I’d never heard of it before) with the release of Steve McQueen’s film about a sex addict, Shame, this week. The BBC news website even ran a first-person article written by a sex addict a couple of days ago.

But what does it mean to be an ‘love addict’ or addicted to ‘compulsive helping’? Normally we think of addiction in terms of chemicals. Continue reading

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We have a missionary God!

We had a prayer meeting at church last night for students thinking about world mission. Listening to some of the students talk about their heart for the lost and seeing their passion to see God save people was so encouraging. … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on duty for the start of a new term

On the first day of term, when I’m tempted to wish I could return to my duvet and the responsibility-free life of the holidays, I’m finding the wisdom of George MacDonald helpful. In Weighed and Wanting, Cornelius is a young … Continue reading

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