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A straw man argument is a sneaky sort of argument which is intentionally weak. The straw man argument is named after the human-shaped, straw-stuffed punching bags which people used to use to practice fighting against. The idea was that soldiers who practiced fighting against a straw man would have more confidence fighting real soldiers when it comes to war. But it gets a bit more complicated than that. For an argument to be called a ‘straw man’, it’s not enough for that argument to be weak, or for that argument to counter another argument. A straw man argument has to be intentionally weak in order to distort what the other person has...


We all worry at certain times. It would be strange if we did not.  A challenge in our work, an exam, an unwell friend or relative or a fear about the future - these worries are perfectly understandable and cannot be avoided from time to time.


However, constant worrying can have an immobilising effect on the mind, drawing on emotional energy, raising anxiety levels, and interfering with daily life and sleep patterns, leaving you feeling restless, ill at ease and with excessive stress hormones in your body.


Worrying has been defined as the misuse of imagination, and for people who listen to your worries, it may seem...

We all ask and answer questions as part of our daily living. The ways that questions are asked can be helpful or otherwise in gaining the best responses and the cooperation of those involved in the interaction. This is especially true if we are aiming to help another person. ‘Control’ and ‘authority’ seem to be strong words, but these things are important to consider when discussing good questions a therapist or counsellor may ask. If you are aiming to help someone, why are you doing it? Do you think you know what is best for that person? Or do you believe that they can be trusted to know what is best for them? Can your questions...


Humans have an uncanny and incredible capacity to attribute meaning to pretty much anything and teach that meaning to others. This ability to create a language from ordinary items and symbols allowed the Victorians from the upper stratas of society, who were taught expressing certain things by word improper, to make grand, intense declarations of love, hate, friendship or indifference via bouquets of flowers and herbs.


It was not proper, nor polite, to declare social war on another in speech. But it was perfectly acceptable to do so via a bouquet of Tansies. Could one tell the handsome gentleman one met at that dance they...

Experts inform us that it is essential that we "show, don't tell," but then rarely explain what this means.

‘Show, don't tell’ means that you indicate to your reader what you want them to explore rather than just telling them about it. This means that readers engage more fully with what you write, and use their imaginations to create their own mental pictures of what is going on.

This is best explained by an example:

Telling: Cassie was not a good mother. She found the children challenging and difficult to cope with. She wanted more time for her own interests.

Showing: Cassie couldn't believe how much work was involved....


What is a Hobby?

Hobbiescanhelp us relax and unwind after a long day at work or to enjoy at weekendsafter a hard-working week. They are important for our mental and physical well-being because they enable us to change the pace of life and allow us to “switch off” from the pressures we experience in our lives. 


Good hobbies to take up can be indoor or outdoor and the types of hobbies available can be recreational or constructive. Popular hobbies can include DIY, hobbycraft and activities in the garden. They can also include things such as table-top games, board games and sporting activities. 



You seem like a very busy man! How are you finding the time?


I invest time planning! That’s all it is, I plan my life as if it were a project at work. I apply my administrative techniques and use technology to help facilitate activities and procedures.


What does your typical day look like?


My day starts at 4:00 am and finishes at 22:00 pm. Each day has its projects and each project has certain tasks and activities involved. My most important project is my work. I like to think of my work as a type of gym, where I am building my professional skills. My job offers me many challenges and difficulties that I can...

Living and working in three countries, Daniel Koren is a great example of what some of our international students can achieve. Towards the end of his last semester for his B.A. degree in Social Sciences at the Open University, Israel, Daniel studied Financial Management. At ADL he specialised in Hospitality Administration focusing on Hospitality Facilities - Accountancy and Bookkeeping.


Daniel has 20 years of experience in Technical Logistics and Warehousing, working in industrial and commercial firms. For the last five years, he has worked in the International Trade as an Import Administrator. As part of his work, he...


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