Stress & Pressure

Under pressure, your mind’s ‘threat system’ kicks in but sometimes the pattern of responses that once kept you safe don't serve you well anymore!


Anxious Thinking Patterns

We all think differently when we are anxious and afraid. This video talks about what typically happens.

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How To Make Work-Life Balance Work

Author Nigel Marsh offers some interesting suggestions on how to achieve better work-life balance.

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Managing Stress

This video by the BBC explains what stress is, and how to manage it better.

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We are emotional beings – the power of words

A moving little film that shows both how words can have such an emotional impact and how re-framing anything can completely alter the meaning you make of it.

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Humorous look at each of the 11 derailer personality scales on the Hogan Development Survey

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Introducing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A host of material from the Beck Institute; featuring one of the founders of CBT.

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Change Your Thoughts About Stress

A good TED talk by an American Psychologist concerning the impact of how we relate to our thoughts on our stress and pressure levels.

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Going Blind in Space

A nice talk by a retired Canadian Colonel and NASA astronaut about how he tested rules for living when he went blind in space! An extreme example of how fears and anxieties about possible negative outcomes can be tested and overcome, by experimenting with repeated experiences.

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Maintaining perspective under pressure

A nice metaphor for maintaining sanity by focusing in on the important things in life

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I’m OK, You’re OK

Thomas Harris

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

William Bridges

It’s really important that you understand that the process of personal change has some distinct tasks and steps.  This book describes them very clearly.

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The Chimp Paradox

The Chimp Paradox

Want help managing your “inner chimp”?  Remember s/he is five time stronger than the human part of you, so you need to learn some techniques!

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies

Rhena Branch

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Personality Adaptations

Vann Joines & Ian Stewart

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Changing for Good

James O. Prochaska

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An Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Phil Lapworth and Charlotte Sills

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Cognitive Behavioural Coaching Techniques for Dummies

Whitten, H.

An interesting take on CBT and how this powerful technique can be used in the Mind part of the Mind Body Balance equation!

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Philip Larkin: Collected Poems

Philip Larkin

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Human Givens: The New Approach to Emotional Health and Clear Thinking

Griffin, T. et al

We like Human Givens!  This is a school of therapy that’s really accessible and makes some fundamental points about how the stressed mind works (or rather, doesn’t).  Recognise that you have some essential human needs and that a lot of unhappiness and stress arises from them simply not being met.  Also, recognise that clear thinking requires a calm state of mind.

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

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T A Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Ian Stewart & Vann Joines

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Thriving on Pressure

Jones, G.

From one of the founding directors of UK consultancy, Lane4, a pithy analysis of how to not only survive stress but also thrive in a pressured environment.  A great read.

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The Psychology of Fear in Organanisations

Sheila Keegan

This book shows how fear manifests itself in large organisations, how it impacts on the workforce and how by reducing our willingness to take risks and to innovate, it can inhibit economic growth and innovation, at both an individual and corporate level. The book contains several quotes from Chris Welford.

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This site is maintained by two individuals who wear more than one hat – be it consultant, psychologist or psychotherapist – so you should expect to find a wide range of materials that are all about how people learn, perform and grow. Chris and Jackie founded Sixth Sense Consulting Ltd in 2010. We provide assessment, leadership development, team building, career transition, psychotherapy, and wellbeing services to individuals and organisations. Our aim is to share materials and resources we use in our day to day work with others in a digestible and practical format.


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