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Emotional first aid

If we graze a knee, we reach for disinfectant and plasters, but how do we heal emotional cuts and bruises? Martha Roberts investigates


Very few of us see emotional cuts and grazes in the same way as we do a physical injury, but that is a mistake, says Guy Winch, psychologist and author of the book Emotional First Aid (Plume Books, £14.99).

‘We sustain emotional traumas, like rejection or failure, even more regularly than we do physical ones,’ says Winch. ‘And, like physical wounds, they can get worse when we don’t treat them. This can impact on our daily and long-term functioning and happiness. By treating these battle scars when we sustain them, we can heal more quickly and minimise their negative impact on our lives.’

So, when next you feel the weight of life bearing heavily on your shoulders, here’s what to reach for in your psychological medicine cabinet to give you a lift.

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