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Up Close & Personal

Get to know the innermost thoughts of our writers as they discuss topical subjects from current affairs, water-cooler conversations ...
or whatever might be occupying their grey matter at the time in Up Close & Personal.

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Scarlett, 6, wrote to us at The Psychology of It asking for a "scientist" to help her understand "that if we all just die anyway, why do we live?" Below is my open letter to Scarlett.

What is it that makes a house a home? What are the things that make our home a sanctuary? Why can we sometimes not wait to be able to "just get home"? What is the psychology of home?

First there was the silverback gorilla shot and killed at an Ohio zoo when a toddler fell in his enclosure. The video went viral across social media.

My biggest problem for the week has been that I haven't been able to cry. I'm not a crier anyway, I know that, but this week I should've cried but I couldn't. No tears. No matter how hard I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to force them out. Nada.

Welcome to the second and final part of Mindful, with Dog, a thoughtful and reflective piece by American writer and editor of Penduline Press, Bonnie Ditlevsen, about her experiences of being mindful with her dog Chewbacca (Chewy) and her camera.

Welcome to the first of two parts of Mindful, with Dog, a thoughtful and reflective piece by American writer and editor of Penduline Press, Bonnie Ditlevsen, about her experiences of being mindful with her dog Chewbacca (Chewy) and her camera.

As a motherless daughter, Bron Levett is passionate about connecting others through an event to be held in Warrnambool the week before Mother's Day.

Welcome to the third article in a series of three related to chronic pain or chronic discomfort. The first two articles are located in the Analyse This category, titled A New Way to Explain Pain - The One by the Physiotherapist and The One by the Psychologist. Moving into the Moment is an Up Close & Personal account of how I used mindfulness to cope with extreme physical discomfort due to cancer treatment. The same strategies could apply to emotional discomfort. I hope you find it helpful.

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