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Hi.  My name is Jim Sheehy.  I live in a very beautiful part of the world here in Donegal, Ireland.  I work as a psychotherapist and life-skills trainer. This weekly blog is based on a project I’m starting called reallyhuman.ie. I have worked with individuals in therapy over many years, helping them in their healing and recovery.  I also present workshops in schools and communities around developing skills in managing life-issues and moods read more


Blog 20: Intimacy: A World to Explore
13 Feb 2020 11:09Blog 20: Intimacy: A World to Explore

Hi.  My name is Jim Sheehy.  This is reallyhuman.ie and this podcast is about Intimacy: A World to Explore. Each generation has a different take on love and sexuality.  The current focus is around consent when having sex, or using ‘sex acts’ as a commodity to be used for quick ‘pleasure fixes’ or for financial gain.  What I want to do is emphasise the wonder and complexity of intimacy.  Only when intimacy is central do we fully enjoy lov [ ... ]

Blog 19: Transition for 12 and 18 year olds
30 Jan 2020 08:00Blog 19: Transition for 12 and 18 year olds

Hi.  My name is Jim Sheehy.  This is reallyhuman.ie and this podcast is about transitions for 12 and 18 year olds, two critical ages when young person’s shift from one level of education to another. What is it about transitions that provokes anxiety?  There is a combination of fear and excitement, risk and experimentation. It tells a lot about who we are and we only find out the truth when the transition tests us to the limit. I will give a pers [ ... ]

Blog 18: Decision Making
12 Sep 2019 07:30Blog 18: Decision Making

Hi.  My name is Jim Sheehy.  This is reallyhuman.ie and this blog is about decision-making.  One of the most important parts of being healthy is the capacity to make good decisions.   It involves using every part of our brain.  We ask our memory if we ever made a decision like this before.  Our imagination is asked to ‘think outside the box’ for creative solutions.  Our reasoning part of the brain works on the costs and benefits in making  [ ... ]

Blog 17: Anxiety Part Two
05 Sep 2019 07:15Blog 17: Anxiety Part Two

This blog continues our conversation around anxiety we began in blog 8. I am asked if anxiety can be genetic.  Certainly, but like any condition, you can work and learn to manage it.  There’s usually a ‘worrier’ in every family, the one who overthinks and imagines the worst.  Almost a lifestyle choice where the person has a grid through which s/he sifts every piece of experience and information.  There is no harm in this as long as worry do [ ... ]

Blog 16: Children and Mindfulness
29 Aug 2019 07:47Blog 16: Children and Mindfulness

Last week, I was working in secondary schools training prefects and peer mentors.  I mentioned to them how students are increasingly under pressure in their friendship groups to take drugs.  So why are drugs today like ‘smoking cigarettes’ when I was a teenager.  Drugs are taken initially as a way of stimulating or relaxing the brain, uppers and downers.  So, what the teenagers are searching for in the ‘fix / hit’ are ways of manipulating  [ ... ]

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