This page is to give you an overview of what this blog is about. I’ve been writing this blog for about a year now and so there are lots of posts. Blogs don’t really lend themselves to scanning for different topics so this page is something like an index or a place to start exploring this blog.
To learn about who I am and how my understanding of health has developed the best place to go is the About Me page.
This blog is a bit unusual as it has a fairly wide focus – all the dimensions of our health. (Most blogs focus on one fairly specific aspect of something. So within the topic of health there are blogs about exercise, diet, our emotions and so on.) My interest is in the big picture and how the different aspects of our health affect each other.
Regarding health in general. There has been a revolution in our understanding of health in the last few decades. We now know, that for people who have enough to eat and live in reasonably hygienic conditions (ie most in the western countries), it is agency (our sense of being in control of our life) and relationships that are the most important factors for our health.
A post that outlines the implications of this for our health is The Four Pillars of Health. This approach is the result of the work of Michael Marmot and colleagues. It is presented in his book The Status Syndrome which I reviewed in a post called A Revolutionary Book.
Over a year ago now my partner developed melanoma. This lead to me having the category concerned with cancer on this blog (in the side bar) and is the reason why so many articles in the Diet and Nutrition category are to do with fighting cancer by eating fruit and vegetables.
My first love out of the different aspects of health is the psychological. I really love psychotherapy and the book I love most about psychotherapy is Perls, Hefferline and Goodman’s Gestalt Therapy. I have reviewed it in a post simply called Gestalt Therapy. I have also done a series of three posts on what I have learned from gestalt. It Depends on the Situation, Finishing With The Past, and Awareness Cures. I have done a post giving A Psychological Health Checklist.
I have also done a small series on some of the emotions and why they are good. The emotions I have posted about are anger, fear, sadness, shame and disgust. Anger especially, including rage, is a topic I have returned to a number of times.
My slant on the psychological aspects of health is very much from the perspective of self-development and spirituality. For me the best image for spirit the light of love and truth. The two posts that give a good idea of my approach to self-development are Self-Improvement for Dummies (this is the post I have had the most fun writing) and Self-Improvement? or what is the self and what would improvement mean?.
With a blog like this at least some of the readers are interested in making changes. My take on how change occurs is influenced by gestalt and the taoist affection for taking the easy path. The posts which give the best overview of the process of change as I understand are Embracing Our Conflicts and Three Steps to a New Life. Dealing with the influence of the past I have dealt with in How to Update Your Past and How to Divorce Your Parents. My problems with the approach of taking risks as the way to change, is dealt with in That Which Doesn’t Kill Us . . . Can Leave Us Maimed.
Finally a minor theme on this blog is quality of writing. I care about quality of writing for its own sake and because I think if blogs are to be respected then they need to have quality content. This is somewhat self-interested as I want to make my living from blogging and have it a respected way of communicating. For me this means that it has to be about more than just making money. A good indication of my approach is given by How to Communicate and Writing For Blogs.
I also have a Most Popular Posts page.