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Life of the mind: The talking cure

"When we have words to describe our emotional state, things immediately feel more manageable"

By Anna Blundy   March 2017

My teenaged son phoned me up on his way home from school last week. I was in rural Iceland and walking back to my little hut in a blizzard, having just been for a swim in a hot, eggy outdoor pool and watched a group of women in bikinis doing aqua aerobics in steam and snow. Their instructor, shouting through the snowstorm from the side, was in full ski gear. I felt a very long way away from the boy calling.

He had a bad cold and told me he felt…

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