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Nurturing Potential

The periodical devoted to awakening the talent within us in the areas of education, personal growth, health, relationships, business and others.

Volume 1, Issue 3 - Winter 2002

  To view a pdf version of paper issue No. 2, click on the thumbnail below.  A pdf version of Issue No. 1 may be viewed via the link to online Issue No. 1 at the foot of this page. 

Front Cover

Meet the Team


Mission Statement

Main Theme: UNDERSTANDING PERSONALITY - How we relate to ourselves and others - an introduction to several models - and a critical look at personality assessment.

Leading Article

Understanding personality can help us communicate and interact with others.  If we are able to establish why people act and think as they do, and why they behave differently, we are better able to harness those differences.  This can be of real value in such areas as team formation, personal growth, and physical and mental health.  

Therapy and the four levels - by John Rowan

The process of psychotherapy generally covers the personal and some of the transpersonal.  The four-column chart is a brief and perhaps oversimplified diagram of how this theory impinges on counselling and psychotherapy.

Get out of your box - by Amanda Knight

My Myers-Briggs profile says I am an idealist, whereas the Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator suggests I have the ideal decision making profile for a top executive …  And what’s going on with my Belbin profile ~ a plant and a completer/finisher?  At first pass, these comparisons would appear to be incompatible.  So which one is the real me?

An Astrologer looks at Myers-Briggs - by Lionel Snell

Faced with the distinction between sensation and intuition, between thinking and feeling, the astrologer is at once on familiar ground The problem begins when we firm up these descriptions from being descriptions of qualities to being descriptions of types.

Measure for measure - by Rosie Harrison

It all started with Sir Francis Galton, a man disappointed by his failure to achieve the highest academic honours. In 1859 his reading of Darwin's On The Origin of the Species provided him with an explanation - the higher achievers must possess innate and inherited characteristics for superior performance.  


Lessons from a Flasher - by Paul D. Schenk PsyD

Interns live with a certain expectation that their clients will have doubts about the competency of their therapist.  You’ve probably heard the story about the boy who is having a cast put on his broken arm by the family doctor. "Doctor Smith, will I be able to play the piano after you take off the cast?" he asks. "Of course, Billy. Why do you ask?" replied the doctor. "Because I’ve never been able to play it before."


Managing Generation X - by Stephen Bray

The potential talent and creativity of Generation Xers has a hard sugar-coating of destructive self-love.   Many well-educated Xers finding themselves unemployed or in work that did not require a university education, became frustrated and bitter, and now face a potential second defeat with middle age approaching.


Where are we now? - by Stephen Bray

According to psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen, by understanding the ancient gods and goddesses we can also understand where our conflicts lie and how we might achieve wholeness.  

Process Healing - by Garry A. Flint

Process healing is a treatment intervention using metaphors, the main personality and sub-personalities.  It is particularly effective with emotional problems. The article is accompanied by a unique flow diagram.


Learning Maps - by Maite Galán & Tom Maguire

This article will show you how people are enabling teaching and learning through two tools : concept mapping and body maps. All that you require to gain maximum profit is an open mind, determination to experiment with these practical examples and the decision of which is most suitable for you.

Putting on the Style - by Mark Edwards

Being style-conscious can be financially draining when deciding what clothes to wear, but the style-conscious teacher has a lot to offer students when deciding how to teach. 

Innovation at Loughborough - by Anna Seddon

Loughborough University is one of only four universities to have been awarded three prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prizes since their launch in 1993.  The University has a long tradition of working innovatively with industry and has recently invested heavily in increasing the number, depth and value of these partnerships.  This is an interesting aspect of nurturing potential and, who knows, it might point one of our readers (you?) in the direction of funding and support.


The Mental Health Bill - by Elizabeth Winder

One in four people in the UK suffers from some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.  The services to support them are often inappropriate or inadequate and usually underfunded.

Access to Mental Records - by Channa Perry

"Two years later I still feel a sense of vulnerability - a realization that our concept of reality is so fragile and so open to debate. Can I really say that my present perception of the world demonstrates ‘sanity’ just because the majority of people would agree it does?" 


Young at Art - by Natalie d'Arbeloff

Blanche began painting at the age of 94, when people might be excused for staring trancelike at flickering images on their TV sets.  In the last three years of her life she produced an extraordinary body of work bursting with vitality, spontaneity and originality.  


Two pages of Verse

Please submit your verse for inclusion in future issues.  This issue contains verse from Laurie Phillips, plus Virginia Satir's "oldie" but "goody" on self-esteem.

Book Reviews 

Book Offers

Reduced prices for books published by, or for, the authors.  If you wish to include your own books in this section in the future, please let us know. 

Letters to the Editor

The last word - including the "shape of things to come".

A description of our experience and feedback from previous issues, and an indication of what you may expect in future.  Plus our intentions with regard to paid subscriptions commencing in January 2003.

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Volume 1, No. 1, Issue of Summer 2002.

Volume 1, No. 2, Issue of Autumn 2002.

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