Stepping down from a job is a challenge for mere mortals - the loss of status, structure and income can have a grave psychological impact. For a football god it will be much harder.
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Monday 18 July 2011
What is needed at this point in the saga, I can't help feeling, is neither a select committee nor a judicial inquiry, but family psychotherapy on an industrial scale. Take Liz Murdoch. If Liz's volcanic rage at being the biological daughter less loved by Daddy than the adopted sister with the Medusa tresses erupted with "Rebekah fucked the company", we must look to the distant past for the genesis of her filial anguish. I make no apology for repeating the anecdote, which is not only the most revealing snapshot of Rupert's soul, but may help us understand Liz's daughterly angst.
Sunday 01 May 2011
Sunday 24 April 2011
Children sent away to boarding school can suffer psychological damage akin to being taken into care, a leading psychotherapist warns. "Boarding School Syndrome" can leave adults struggling to form intimate relationships and unable to communicate emotions after being traumatised by forced separation from friends and family at a young age.
Sunday 24 April 2011
Last Night's TV: The Great Estate: The Rise and Fall of the Council House, BBC4 <br/>A Home for Maisie, BBC2 <br/> Bored to Death, Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 12 April 2011
Wednesday 29 December 2010
Few would disagree that Michael Green knows something of the drama of human existence. He was ousted as chairman of the newly-merged ITV in 2003 in one of the bloodiest shareholder revolts that the City had witnessed in decades.
Tuesday 07 December 2010
Linguistics boffins might insist James Naughtie's verbal slip was a spoonerism that occurred thanks to the easy exchange of the C for Culture with the H for Hunt. But analyse any conversation and you will find a dozen similar possibilities. Why did Naughtie make precisely this slip at this moment to cause himself and the nation maximum embarrassment (or hilarity, depending on your sensitivity)?
Tuesday 16 November 2010
The co-author of Families and How to Survive Them has embarked upon his Alimony Tour. One of the comic themes of this travelling one-man show derives from his divorce from his third wife Alyce, and the expensive settlement which followed. It could have been worse, one gag goes. "Imagine how much I'd have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship – such as children or conversation."
The lampshade that drives its owners mad: Strange truth behind 20th century's most disturbing object
Sunday 31 October 2010
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Wednesday 06 October 2010
It is said all children should be treated equally, but a new survey reveals mothers are more critical of their daughters than their sons.
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Britons find it hard to resist "super sizing" meals to extra large portions, according to a survey published today.
Nature, nurture and pizza: How an innovative farmhouse project is teaching families everyday practical skills
Thursday 29 July 2010
Two dozen people are sitting around a Kent farmhouse table eating lunch – a homely and unremarkable scene. But the anxiety of some of the adults, and the feral eating habits of some of the children, show this is not what it seems. For many of those passing around the plates of fresh pasta and salad this is a rare moment of normality in traumatised lives.
Monday 19 July 2010
Ecstasy can help the victims of post-traumatic stress overcome their demons, research has shown. In tests, the illegal dance drug had a dramatic effect on previously untreatable patients who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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