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How do you keep yourself grounded?

"How do you keep yourself grounded?"

"With difficulty."

The woman being interviewed here is Carol Martin-Sperry, in this month's British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy magazine. Carol is a psychotherapist with more than twenty year's experience. She's written books, she regularly appears on radio, she's a BACP fellow.

She is also an ordinary person who finds it difficult to stay grounded, who is kept awake at night by 'fear', and who's lowest point was 'too awful to tell you'. 

Whenever I hear grown up, wise, successful, experienced people being open about their vulnerabilities like this, I feel a sweet fizz of relief. It's OK to be both successful and flawed. As I've said before (and I'll probably say again), we're all in this rickety old boat called humanity together. 

Things you might be curious about

Do you notice it when the people you admire struggle? Do you allow them to be human? Do you notice the admirable qualities of the people who you don't like? What about yourself?


Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.

~Yugoslav Proverb

When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.

~Walt Disney


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