Iron Lady Prime Minister Waves Goodbye


Iron Lady Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher receives a beautiful salute today at St Paul’s Cathederal, London.

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La dame de fer (the iron lady) has left the building; departing with her coat buttoned and her dignity intact, as my mother would say.

A few days ago, on the streets around Trafalgar Square, it was an entirely other matter.

The ferocity that the Iron Lady Prime Minister stirred up in the public mind, was unprecedented.

Glenda Jackson’s vitriolic performance in the house of commons, mob demonstrations on London streets,  showing a level of anger (in this case celebratory) not displayed since the poll tax days.

Unbridled hatred from men and women of all rungs along the rickety social ladder, united by intense, and longstanding grudges against MT.

It was a cocktail of wrath, there was some thoughtful venom from the well-educated middle classes, and bile from the gentlemen with the scary teeth, a scene Dickens might have enjoyed, then captured exquisitely.

With 4000 police in force and cameras watching each minor episode of the parade, it would have been difficult for the protesters to emit more than a weak boo here and there.  This was evident as the coffin was making its way along the route, demonstrators were muffled with applause.

The Iron Lady Prime Minister  was a remarkably stubborn, misguided, obstinate, prejudiced and calculating human being.  However, it is questionable whether or not she was the one-dimensional witch that lives on in popular legend.

Her limitations and prejudices were on show, yes, indeed they were; never hidden, and to her credit, she never flinched from criticism.  Her ambition was obvious; Margaret Thatcher owned up to and expressed her ideas to the hilt; she was often unbearable.

Yet she was a lioness, and a rare, decisive leader.  My ancestors in Ireland would surely spin in their graves upon hearing me utter such plaudits to one they may well have regarded as the devil.  Margaret didn’t spare much of a thought for those who stumbled outside of her ideology; people such as the Irish, or those whom she regarded as ‘terrorists’ ,  people like Nelson Mandela.  Probably, she hadn’t  much time for the Scots.  (Was the Baroness of Kilmarnock present today I wonder?)

Or so we are led to believe.

But how much of this anti-Thatcherism is rhetoric, stemming from an equally vicious left wing, a branch of seething ‘socialism’, stripped of its innate power and dignity, reduced to mere rabble rousing hatred of individuality, untenable as that individuality may appear in their eyes. Did Margaret Thatcher do this?

Or was socialism already in decline by the time she put the final nail in the lid of its coffin.

In Brighton, was her stance against the bombers brave, foolhardy, or a stunt?  I believe she was right in  facing down the IRA, in her show of strength against the extortionists of fear.

Her political reign oversaw an era of enormous conflict and social change. When the dust of history settles we may consider her with fresh eyes, or we may not.

If nothing else, great leaders, powerful leaders ought to be examined.  We should probe their hearts, and their minds, try to understand their characters, observe their greatnesses and their flaws; learn from them in a balanced, detached, and yes, scientific way, as cold as that seems.

Adopting comfort zone slogans is a useless strategy; a strategy of the weak.  It won’t teach anyone much.   We ought to acknowledge the artfulness of a distinctive mind.  Whatever else she was, Margaret Thatcher was possibly the most skilful player of the world political game, at least during the latter half of the 20th Century.

That may well be her legacy.

How To Become A Better Student – Memory Tricks


By Maria Bennett

Every student who can master some basic memory tricks for recalling information is going to succeed. Even the most unpromising student can take advantage of these memory tricks in one area or another, to improve the process of learning. These simple tricks make the hardest to learn classes easy and even funny while the end result is getting better grades. That is why it is extremely important to learn how our brain stores the information to support the memory.

Usually the short term memory is used for taking exams. Since the information is no longer needed after that, the brain disposes of the stored information. This kind of memory is used in daily life as well as during conversations when people receive some kind of information and give a feedback in response. As its name suggests, short term memory is quite limited in terms of time and the received information will be forgotten shortly. If we make other associations and we are focused in the process of receiving the information, the duration of this kind of memory is going to be increased. Those who have, for example, difficulties in learning history, can imagine they take part in the described events to make strong connections that will help in storage the information.

Students can enhance their memory and study habits by improving their memory tricks to accommodate the information into their long term memory. Memories in long term are developed by improving your attention during class lectures and by improving your brain’s ability to remember and recall information. Some of the simplest memory tricks are to note taking, flash cards, study group, highlighting, and being involved during the class. Research has shown that the more you engage yourself and your mind in the process of learning, the more likely you are to remember and recall the information when the time comes.

Every person has their own system that they devise for memorizing information. It is possible to adopt any of the three styles of learning that suits you. The main styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic when trying to hone your memory skills. A good idea for visual learning is to take notes and read passages from the book. The auditory method is to listen carefully and absorb the information. Kinesthetic learning involves hands-on style of jotting down notes, connecting with images or drawing various diagrams and charts. Use any one of the above styles that suits you to memorize and store information to improve your study skills. Your success depends on the style that suits you best when you resort to any one memory trick.

The Good Grades Guide is a great way to learn how to utilize memory tricks to improve your educational efforts. Look for information on this guide to help you up your grades successfully.

For more information about memory tricks , check out the Good Grades Guide. I’m sure you’ll like it!

Can You Be Hypnotized Over The Internet Using Skype?


By Crispian Jones

The question “Can You Be Hypnotized Over The Internet using Skype?”is often asked. A great question. While sometimes modern technology transcends our need for age old common practices; the horse carriage moved over for the car, the pen has all but given way to the keyboard and the land-line is fast giving way to 3 or 4G, other technology actually augments current practices, and fortunately, in this case, it is the internet that ideally complements the delivery of hypnosis which in part answers the question “Can you can be hypnotized over the internet using Skype?”,very much in the affirmative. Read on for more of the answer.

With internet technology, we are actually able to use many of the same techniques and deliver outcomes of the same quality that are traditionally done in the “professional hypnosis clinic” and this includes the use of hypnosis. The essential difference with hypnosis is primarily in the style of “induction”- the process used to facilitate a person’s ‘going into hypnosis’. So yes, you can learn to be a non smoker (again, but this time for good, see below!), lose weight, [or as I prefer to say ‘release weight’, because when people ‘lose’ something they usually try to find it and with weight they usually succeed and put it right back on. When you release something you ‘let it go’ – language is all important here], manage your pain, overcome your anxiety or phobia/s and so much more; all with hypnosis, done over Skype or other video conferencing services.

The Foundation of Hypnosis

Hypnosis and hypnotists have been around for generations, long before the internet, the computer, the modern post office, even the American west’s Pony Express. For nearly as long as humans have had bad habits, emotional concerns, and a need for a subconscious push in the right direction, hypnosis has been there to help.

Behind the seemingly mystical natural concept of hypnosis is a logical, systematic practice born of training and experience. We all go into and out of trance every day: whilst reading a book, watching TV, even driving a car and not recalling the last 20 minutes or so. That state is what the hypnotist seeks to induce, rather than have it come over you naturally as explained above. An experienced hypnotist will work with a person before any hypnotic session to discover what unwanted behavior or feelings need to be dealt with and to develop a vision for a more positive future. Once this planning stage is complete, the hypnotist can help the person be more successful in the changing of their behavior, attitudes and actions by talking directly to their subconscious and helping to get the subconscious ‘on board’ with the desired, more positive behavior.

Everything that we do is rooted in our subconscious. By way of an example: If you are a smoker the initial desire to smoke may have come from a deep seated, albeit subconscious primal, need to fit in with your peers. Years later, smoking has become a subconscious habit that has now become paired with a string of emotions or associations: such as being bored, being stressed, after a meal, after an argument with someone, or it seems to go “so well” with that first cup of coffee of the day… If you have ever tried to quit smoking you know how difficult it can be, unless you have the right methodology, see below.

Despite your knowing how dangerous smoking is and how it IS literally killing you, the desire to smoke can seem too powerful to ignore. But, with hypnosis, a hypnotist can talk directly to your subconscious and change those internal urges. The hypnotist can explain the dangers of smoking to your brain in a way that is deeply felt and integrated into your subconscious thinking.

The hypnotist can also tell your mind that, as of this moment, you are a nonsmoker, and that means no cravings, no withdrawals and so on because those belong to smokers or ex smokers NOT, non smokers. Incidentally to learn more about how you can quit smoking with hypnosis you may want to read the book listed below or go the idontsmoke URL below. Of course, reading articles and buying a book online are only a small way that the internet can make hypnosis more reachable for you.

A New Age Dawns

The age old tradition of hypnosis has kept pace with the times as science has continually proven its effectiveness through clinical trials and anecdotal evidence. What’s more, those practicing hypnosis have learned to make use of technology to expand the availability of hypnosis, allowing people to access trained, experienced hypnotists even if they do not have one in their immediate geographical area or if the person is physically unable to leave their home.

Hypnosis over the Internet is really not very different from the “face to face” traditional hypnosis. Similar to in-office hypnotism, the hypnotist will have a pre-talk with the client, assessing their needs, challenges and goals. Then, the hypnotist will have the client take a comfortable position, and take the client though an induction process to help them enter a deep, state of focused concentration (hypnosis). This is easily accomplished with a clear phone or web cam connection; many people find that wearing headphones makes the process easier. The hypnotist then proceeds with the session as they would any other.

I had occasion last September to work with a client with whom I had done some face to face hypnosis in my rooms. She subsequently moved interstate and asked about hypnosis via Skype. We did the session and when I rang her back a couple of days later as a follow-up I asked her how she found the Skype session, compared to the face to face session. She said the only difference was the going into hypnosis. Needless to say she had a great outcome from the session.

The possibilities that are now opening up with the internet technology are fantastic: Web based hypnosis can be a great option for people who are anxious about “going out” to a hypnotist or psychologist and who may feel more comfortable in their own home. It also allows access to a worldwide range of clients and hypnotherapists/psychologists (depending on whether you are a hypnotist, a psychologist or a potential client) and not having to limit yourself to those who work/live near you.

Often too the costs of the session are less than the traditional fee structure, as the infrastructure to conduct an online session is not as complicated or expensive as an office set up. Some hypnotists who use hypnosis online often work from their home. So technology makes hypnosis available to a much wider audience. You are advised of course to do your ‘due diligence’ and thoroughly check out the person you want work with first. Ask for evidence of qualifications, experience, any post grad training, any formal association registrations and so on.

You need have no fear of online hypnosis; For example the biggest fear of online work is worrying about being “stuck” in a hypnotic trance, if their internet connection goes down, but this is not true. When in hypnosis you are aware of where you are and what is happening and if the connection is lost you will after a short time just becomes aware of the fact that you cannot hear a voice talking to you and you will open you eyes and bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.

Some people fear experiencing an ab-reaction, and not being able to handle it. If there is a “safe place” or “safe word” set up in the pre talk by the hypnotist then this fear too can be dealt with as if you should start to feel uncomfortable, then you will be told to go to the ‘safe place’ by the hypnotist or s/he will say the safe word which you will hear and respond to. So no matter where you live or what your goals are, you can use hypnosis to improve your life and the answer about using Skype to hypnotise someone is literally just a few clicks away. Why not call now…

I am a psychologist with 30 years experience and use Skype and hypnosis to work successfullly with people all over the world for weight loss, alcoholism, smoking, anxieties, phobias etc with great success. If you hac an issue and you have been unable to get help for whatever reason go to http://www.seachangepsychology.com.au or http://www.idontsmoke.com.au

Here are Some Activities to Improve Your Reading Comprehension


There are a number of activities you can do to increase your comprehension while working on building your Speed and Comprehension. This article will cover three of them in the following paragraphs.

Speed and Comprehension: The Benefit of Increasing Your Vocabulary

One idea of increasing your understanding of what you’re reading is to improve your vocabulary regarding the subject you’re reading about. If you don’t know the definition of a particular word while reading it, the best thing to do to improve your vocabulary is IMMEDIATELY look up that word and memorize it using a funny Visual mnemonic. For example, the way I learned the word Cnidarian (the scientific name for a jellyfish) was by picturing a jellyfish sitting on my younger cousin Darian’s head. Also you can find vocabulary flashcards online, generally for free, for just about any subject you can think of, these can be used to help increase your vocabulary thereby improving your comprehension. Beyond all that, the simplest thing might be to just read the dictionary.

Speed and Comprehension: Stop Skimming as You Read

When you are skimming, you’re just scanning over the text you’re reading and hoping you retain some of it, it isn’t a good way to improve your speed and comprehension. You need to stop skimming to improve your comprehension, to do this you read every word and try to visualize the words in your head, sort of like watching an internal movie.

Speed and Comprehension: Changing Your Brainwaves

Your brain operates in states of physiological arousal called brainwave states, changing them is an important activity to boosting speed and comprehension. Generally when we are up and about our minds are in Beta state, focusing on the here and now, and what is preying on our minds. This is great for many parts of life, but reading isn’t one of them. To really increase your comprehension, you have to get your brainwaves into the Alpha state. This can be accomplished by sitting quietly, closing your eyes, and taking deep and slow breaths. Saying a sound like “oooooohmmmm” is what many eastern monks use as their mantra to reach the alpha state. When you feel you have reached a light trance, then begin your reading. Studies show that reading speed and comprehension can triple in this brainwave state. Another way you can get into an Alpha state, if you don’t want to meditate, is by using an EEG machine that monitors your brainwaves so you know when you have reached it. The trans-dermal electro-brain stimulator is another option to reach an alpha state, it clips on your ears and delivers a weak electrical signal that tricks your brain into an Alpha state. Lastly, using stereo headphones that are playing mp3s or CDs that have tracks called binaural beats recorded on them will lull your brain into an Alpha state. Give these ideas a try and watch how much improved your comprehension is!