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There’s a neurological model of colour perception that leads to surprising conclusions about colours, and interesting parallels with emotions.

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At the edge of a state of mental illness, there is a boundary with normality. But where are the edges? These days we see one of the edges of mental illness becoming clearer, and another one becoming fuzzier. Strangely, the clear one is easier to lose sight of than the fuzzy one.

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Much of the information about mental illness promoted to the public over many years tells a story in which mental illness is a lifelong disability, incurable and hopeless. The mentally ill are fundamentally different from everyone else. They act strangely. They can be dangerous.

The fundamental difference, we have been told, is that the mentally ill have brains that are chemically unbalanced. It is just the way they are. When they take special drugs to restore the balance they can appear normal, but they are not really.

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There’s a way of doing psychotherapy that’s known as integrative, because it is supposed to integrate other ways of doing psychotherapy. You get the best of them all that way…or do you?

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