Ask the expert - Jonathan Hooker

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Motivational coach

It is rare for someone to be able to understand loneliness, isolation and emptyness, which is what demotivates you. I don't just want to be put on a training programme where the psychologist/psychiatrist says, this is the path people follow to come out of depression. It is guaranteed to work. Because each person is different, and we need someone who we can feel comfortable with and who understands us as an individual.
Btw, I've never seen him, but his words in this article about loneliness sound true.

Francis more than 5 years ago

Feeling Lonely

Dear PJ, I replied to you before in fairly general terms, as it is difficult for you to put much specific information here, but there is another possibility that I did not mention before. Our lives are full of transitions and they are often times of feeling lost and low energy, depending on how intense they are. It may be that you are moving in to such a period, and they can be quite confusing. A great book called Transitions by William Bridges is very helpful, but obviously it helps to talk to someone too about where you are. With warm regards Jonathan

Jonathan Hooker more than 5 years ago

Worried about eldery parents

What a great ask the expert! Really interesting and considerate reply from Jonathan about a subject that affects a lot of us. Thanks.

N more than 5 years ago

elderly parents

I am in a similar situation, having to move away from my elderly mother for work, and feeling very guilty about it.

Anonymous more than 5 years ago

Lonely

Dear Jonathan, I find that as time goes by, I'm finding the "expat" lifestyle harder to cope with. Many good friends have left the city in the last couple of years and I just don't have the energy to go out and meet new people. At the same time. I've always found it hard to make local friends. Is this just a normal part of living abroad? I like living in Barcelona and have my own business here, so i do feel fulfilled in other areas of my life. I guess I'm just finding it lonely right now and I feel scared that it will always be like this. Thanks very much for any advice you can give.

PJ more than 5 years ago

Worried about elderly parents

Hi. I'm from the US but have lived here for 9 years. I'm very settled here and have a daughter with my Catalan partner. However, my parents are elderly and my mother's health is deteriorating. My brother lives near them and helps out a lot. I spend hours each day trying to figure out whether I should move the family back to the States to be with my parents. My partner doesn't speak good English and has a good job here. Right now I just feel sad and guilty. I spend a lot of time thinking about this and would really appreciate some pointers to help me understand what is best for everyone.

Anonymous more than 5 years ago

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