The Ship Inside Your Head

Our body is like a ship at sea, with our brains as her crew.

And like a ship’s crew consists of multiple people, our brains are not a single entity.

That is why you may come up with great plans, but do the exact opposite. We experience an emotion, only to rationally chastise ourselves for feeling that way. Not to mention the times we reach for that snack or that cigarette when we know we really shouldn’t…

Our Three Brains, Our Ship’s Crew

Over time, we humans developed three different brains, each with their own tasks and responsibilities to keep our body functional. They are:

  • The Captain (our rational brain);
  • The First Mate (our emotional brain);
  • The Deckhand (our reptilian brain).
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Each has their own qualities, weaknesses, and their own way to interpret and respond to the world around us. When working together, these three unique voices define our personality. But different as they are, they don’t always get along…

Stress: A Sliding Slope

When out Crew have a conflict and are fighting one another, our thoughts, feelings and behaviour contradict each other. Instead of confident and determined, we become frustrated, anxious, and disappointed.

In short, we experience stress.

Stress is a inevitable part of life. But when stress is unresolved, unaddressed, and left to fester, it can have a serious impact on our health and happiness.

Unresolved stress can lead to anxiety. It’s normal to be afraid sometimes, but prolonged anxiety damages your mental health, social health and your physical health. While that is bad enough, for some people this situation will cause burn-out or depression. And depression can prove to be a life-threatening illness…

I have spent over 20 years at the bottom of that funnel, suffering from chronic depression and frequent suicidal episodes. When various treatments couldn’t help me turn the tide, I devised the Ship and the Ship Psychology Method.

“What I love about this method is how it helps you to literally see what’s going on inside your head. The Ship helps you connect with your instinct as well as your thoughts and feelings. I’ve missed that in the cognitive therapies I’ve had.”

The Ship Psychology Method

Ship Psychology is a fun, simple-to-use method to make sense of yourself. If you ever stared out a window and let your mind wander, you can learn how to recognise your Ship, your Crew – and steer them!

The Ship Psychology Method helps you to:

  • reduce anxiety,
  • improve your relationships,
  • get more done at home and at work,
  • break unwanted habits,
  • increase your focus,

and enjoy becoming the person you want to be!

“My Crew shows me the issues I knew I had, but which I had suppressed deeper than I realised. Now I can solve these old problems, step by step, and feel the support of my Crew – of myself!”