Word for Wednesday – Dispassionate

Dispassionate /dɪsˈpæʃənɪt/ adjective devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice; objective; impartial My daily job is one that requires me to be objective and impartial. I go to great lengths not to prejudge and to weigh up the evidence in front of me before I make a decision. On Saturdays, on the rugby field,... Continue Reading →

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Word for Wednesday – Dissociation

Dissociation /dɪˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃən; -ʃɪ-/ noun the act of dissociating or the state of being dissociated It's one of those strange feelings that, I suspect, many of us who suffer from depression and other forms of mental illness experience. It is an odd feeling of being separated from one's self. It's as though there is an actual... Continue Reading →

Word for Wednesday – Insular

Insular /ˈɪnsjʊlə/ adjective of, relating to, or resembling an island remote, detached, or aloof isolated or separated The English poet, John Donne, famously wrote in 1624: No man is an iland The modern version of this is, of course: "no man is an island". Now, this may be true, but for those of us who battle mental illness, the feelings of being remote, detached, isolated or... Continue Reading →

Word for Wednesday – Dispirited

Dispirited /dɪˈspɪrɪtɪd/ adjective low in spirit or enthusiasm; downhearted or depressed; discouraged For me, I generally find that this almost my default setting. I wake in the morning feeling anything but refreshed. I have no enthusiasm for the coming day. I drag myself along through a mixture of instinct and routine. To the outside world,... Continue Reading →

Word for Wednesday – Incorrigible

Incorrigible /ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒəbəl/ adjective beyond correction, reform, or alteration firmly rooted; ineradicable (philosophy) (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistaken I would never describe myself as being "beyond correction". Indeed, I'd be very surprised if there weren't a single day that passes when I am not corrected on some... Continue Reading →

Word for Wednesday – Mischief

Mischief /ˈmɪstʃɪf/ noun wayward but not malicious behaviour, usually of children, that causes trouble, irritation, etc. a playful inclination to behave in this way or to tease or disturb It's a wonderfully naughty word isn't it? It hints at a playful form of wickedness. Someone who is up to no good, but in a well intentioned rather than malicious sort of way. In Scotland, we often use it to describe someone who is full of devilment:... Continue Reading →

Word for Wednesday – Transient

Transient /ˈtrænzɪənt/ adjective for a short time only; temporary or transitory Pondering the impermanence of things. It really is quite a sad word when you stop to think about. Moods, feelings, friendships, relationships, even life itself is transient. Things that grab us briefly, the fashions we no longer admit to following, the joys, the sorrows,... Continue Reading →

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