Terri’s Blogs: Personal

Occasionally, I have thoughts that have either have nothing to do with theatre – astonishing – or that cross other private boundaries. You can find these ramblings here.

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What I learned today: Five-minute meditation for dummies (you DON’T have to sit like this!)

Learning meditation is one of those things I’ve had on my life to-do list for years. I have several friends who swear by it and who have been to multiple escape-way-out-of-London retreats where they do NOTHING but meditate – well, and sleep and eat, but no talking, reading or writing – for days on end. While I have never imagined that I could, or would want to, ever take the practice that far, I have envied them their apparent calm, and was keen to get my own hands on some…
By Terri Paddock | 6 May 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to find your Myers-Brigg personality type

Have you been Myers-Brigged? I first heard of this “personality inventory” test in a psychology course at university, and first encountered it in the real world in my late twenties when working at a high-tech PR agency in London. The firm used various Myers-Brigg questionnaires during recruitment and for planning team and management structures. (As do a huge number of Fortune 500 companies.) For the uninitiated, Myers-Brigg – or the Myer-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI), to give it its full, copyrighted name – is based on Jungian theories of psychological type.…
By Terri Paddock | 2 May 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Beware confirmation bias – and why decision-making is getting harder

Composing yesterday’s blog about my recent experience with Hopi ear candles, first evangelising and then debunking them, provided me with a reminder lesson opportunity about confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out “proof” that confirms our preconceived notions on a subject or existing belief – and we are all prone to this all of the time, on scales big and small. Religious folks actively, and unconsciously, seek out and interpret events as evidence of God’s will. We don’t like someone, we pick up on any details that…
By Terri Paddock | 1 May 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Hopi ear candles are a con (probably)

I first came across Hopi ear candles about 15 years ago at a new age festival at Alexandra Palace in London where an exhibitor was selling, for my pocket, far-too-pricey therapy sessions. Shortly after, while at a meeting in Willesden Green, I happened upon a homeopathic shop that stocked ear candles by Biosun, the leading supplier since 1986, and I snapped up a supply to use at home. The “candles” are wickless, hollow tubes, about 22cm long, usually made from cotton, flax, beeswax and infused with St John’s wart, chamomile…
By Terri Paddock | 30 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Help! SOS doesn’t mean anything

With all the blood and gore – and fantastically poetic staging care of director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett – Morse code may not be the first thing you associate with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of vampire Let the Right One, now playing at the West End’s Apollo Theatre. But it nevertheless plays a key role in the love story between lonely lad Oskar and his mysteriously pale paramour Eli, whose bedroom in the neighbouring house adjoins his. Oskar’s father educated him in Morse Code, and Oskar…
By Terri Paddock | 29 April 2014 | , , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to feel more powerful in two minutes

Even if you’re not a great reader of it, you will know that your body language communicates volumes to others. First impressions are formed in less than ten seconds and, overall, the actual content of what we say to someone will only comprise about 11% of the message they take away about us after an interaction – the rest is all about what social scientists call “non-verbals”. But did you know that your body language can also change your own thinking and performance? Research shows that if you adopt a…
By Terri Paddock | 28 April 2014 | , , | 2 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Nespresso latte making for dummies in 7 steps (with BIG pictures)

I’m currently holed up in a small seaside village in Mallorca – no Starbucks or any other type of coffee chain round here – and my live-in barista Peter is about to abandon me to return to the real world (aka London). So What I Learned Today is of immediate benefit: how to make my own latte. After a practice run-through overseen by Peter, I flew solo this morning – and managed not to burn anything. (Note: You’ll have gleaned that I don’t spend a lot of time in the…
By Terri Paddock | 25 April 2014 | , , | 2 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: Why you recognise a face before you remember a name

The past two blogs have been pretty serious – and long! – so here’s a shorter one for a change of pace. Ever run into someone you know but haven’t seen in awhile. You know you know them, you recognise their face. But you can’t for the life of you recall their name. Maybe it comes to you – with a Eureka!-slap to the forehead – five minutes or five hours later… or, frustratingly, not at all. Why does that happen? Our brain contains a massive database of memory “files”…
By Terri Paddock | 24 April 2014 | , , | 0 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: How to care for someone with delirium

Yesterday, I told you about what’s been happening with my father, who slipped into an extended Delirium following knee replacement surgery. For the family, seeing a loved one in Delirium can be highly distressing, but for the sufferer, it can be absolutely terrifying, and that terror can increase their confusion. Their best chance at recovery is you and how well you cope with the situation. My family rallied round my father during his Delirium. Here are some of the things we learned in terms of how best to help Dad…
By Terri Paddock | 23 April 2014 | , , | 1 comments | Read More >


What I learned today: The difference between delirium and dementia – and how it can affect your parents

(Preface: After a two-week, medically-necessitated hiatus, I'm able to resume my learning blog challenge - with a serious topic. I urge you to read this one, especially if you have elderly parents facing an operation at any point in the future.) On Tuesday 1 April 2014, I launched my personal “What I Learned Today” blog challenge, to learn and share something new every day. Six blogs later, I crashed to a halt. I don’t abandon commitments lightly. With references in my last two blogs to my father’s hospitalisation and a…
By Terri Paddock | 22 April 2014 | , , | 7 comments | Read More >