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Consultant Editor Linda Blair is a clinical psychologist. She writes a weekly column in the Daily Mail and appears on TV.
There is nothing worse than feeling that your life is out of control, and few things are more damaging to your health. Chronic stress is linked to almost every disorder, major or minor, from heart attack, cancer and stroke to psoriasis. Explore the links between food and mood; learn how to deal with the things life throws at all of us, from legal hassles to family life, and find out where to turn when problems arise that you can't solve on your own.
Siblings - your guide to positive parenting and how to handle sibling rivalry and jealousy. Here is the essential parenting book which will guide you to calmer, easier, happier parenting and help you raise siblings without rivalry. Clinical psychologist Linda Blair takes a positive approach to this subject - instead of trying to eliminate the natural rivalry that occurs or striving for an unrealistic idyll of a calm, non-confrontational household, she teaches parents how to use sibling interactions to build emotional intelligence and good social skills. Through a framework of core principles, Linda guides you through potential issues towards parenting without power struggles and raising happy children. Find out how to: Manage the powerful effect of the age gap and birth order Deal with disagreements and stop arguments Alleviate competition and jealousy Encourage communication and cooperation How to introduce step-siblings Set your children up for strong, lifelong relationships Siblings turns sibling rivalry on its head offering parents a practical positive approach to bringing up children and teenagers and understanding the relationships into adulthood. This essential guide to positive parenting will show you how to handle sibling rivalry to create lifelong loving bonds. `The parenting handbook I've been looking for - this book is long overdue' Victoria Harper, The Telegraph `I love this book. It's essential reading for siblings and for anyone who has to deal with siblings.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Last Act of Love
Why are levels of anxiety and stress rising faster than ever before? Why has no one come up with a solution that offers true and lasting relief? Why has no one found the key to calm? Based on Linda Blair's years of experience as a clinical psychologist, this book not only answers these questions, but offers solutions to achieve calm and serenity in our everyday life. In five simple and effective steps we learn to: Stop, Look and Listen - Stop reacting to what's going on 'without', and regain inner balance and focus. Take Care of Your Best Asset - The best way to adapt to change and solve new problems is to start with the healthiest body and mind possible. Know Yourself - Discover your talents and possibilities, and learn how to use them to best advantage. Simplify - Streamline your life so you have the time and energy not only to cope more effectively with everyday life, but also to embrace new challenges. Reach Out - Understand the benefits of connecting socially, and learn to do so in a way that ensures a sense of safety and meaning. Linda Blair's proven programme will teach you how to find the balance, purpose and tranquillity you seek and enable you to find calm.
On the basis of over 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how your birth order position, as well as the spacing between you and your siblings and the sex of your siblings, impact your childhood, your adult life and your relationships. Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will inform and intrigue. By reading this unique book you will quickly understand yourself, your family and your partner better. It will also shed light on the dynamics of your other relationships, explain why you may repeat patterns within relationships, and suggest helpful strategies for dealing with other people. Chapters cover birth order and what being the eldest, middle, or youngest child reveals about you, the effect of large or small age gaps between you and your siblings, family size, the sex of your siblings, parental attitudes to each child, being an only child, being a twin, the impact of step-siblings, and much more.
Parenting is probably the biggest challenge any of us will face, and yet nobody has delivered the perfect formula to us help us out. Recognising this, clinical psychologist and parenting expert Linda Blair provides an easy to follow guide to parenting that is easily adaptable to individual circumstances. In THE HAPPY CHILD, Blair divides childhood into three stages of development: infancy, preschool and starting school. She concentrates on your child's psychological development and how to raise a happy, well adjusted child, as well as providing practical advice and addressing common problems which may arise. This is a book which both provides parenting guidelines as well as encouraging parents to trust their own instincts, and above all does not underestimate the challenges parents face. The foreword is by Ellen Winner, professor of child psychology at Boston College, specialising in gifted children and author of GIFTED CHILDREN (Basic Books).
Levels of anxiety and depression are on the rise. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the pressures of modern living, yet unsure about how to regain control of your own life direction, then this is the book for you. Based on more than 25 years of clinical experience, Linda Blair offers numerous practical suggestions to help you overcome problems such as anxiety, insomnia, negative thinking, a loss of contentment, an unhappy past and a tendency to relapse into unconstructive habits. She explains clearly how you can create your own treatment manual and she uses case studies to guide you on your way. This is a book that will encourage you to think more positively, whatever problems you face, and enable you to start managing your life more effectively.
The 'boxes' and collages constructed by Joseph Cornell (1903-72) are among the most intriguing and beguiling works of art made this century. Old toys, photos, magazine illustrations, bits of electrical wiring anything in fact more usually left to moulder in lumber rooms or junkshops were hoarded by him as the elemental materials he needed for his constructions. The finished works are visually entrancing, but the intensely personal webs of reverie and association that determined their content make these boxes at once both oddly familiar yet ineluctably strange. Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material virtually all Cornell's scrapbooks and source files, as well as correspondence and diaries supplemented by further details gathered during more than fifty interviews undertaken with the artist's family and acquaintances, including Robert Motherwell and Susan Sontag, Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist who hid so much of his life from the world. Her conclusion, wholly convincing in the light of the evidence she provides, is that Cornell's ultimate subject was the mind itself.