Excuses, Excuses…

I seem to be getting lots (well more than one) of emails from the world of the zine people asking when the next issue of The New Wave of Cut & Paste (NWOCAP to the cool kids) will be out and even on the odd occasion when issue two of Inside My Head may arise.  Well geeks, no need to scratch your heads any further because FYI here’s the info…

NWOCAP number 7 is very much on the cards, it’s going to be a touring special so all things going to plan there’ll be interviews with tour bookers, tour managers, van drivers, sound engineers, people who have bands stay at their house, all that jazz.  I won’t lie to you it’s not at the most complete stage of any zine I’ve done but it is being planned!  The other zine I’m working on is issue one of a new zine, tentatively titled ‘Never Meet Your Heroes’ it’s going to be one big interview with the legend of punk rock that is Simon Wells – sort of like a mini memoir type thing, just a shit load of questions about Simon’s experience’s in and out of bands with hopefully some sort of musical freebie; if you don’t like big long interviews you may want to avoid this one!  As for Inside My Head issue two, well it’s possible but it took so bloody long for issue one that it’s not exactly on the top of my priorities right now!

OK excuses times!  The reason  the zines are on the backburner for a bit is because at the moment I’m finishing up an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, so all things going well I should be a qualified something or other come September.  If you’re interested here’s what my headache of a dissertation is all about:

“One of REBT’s core principles is that there is a qualitative difference between Unhealthy Negative Emotions (such as Depression, Anxiety and Hurt) and Healthy Negative Emotions (such as Sadness, Concern and Sorrow). Yet whilst for many years measures of Unhealthy Negative Emotions have existed (such as the Beck Depression Inventory, Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale, Trait Anger Measure etc) there are no useful measures for any of the Healthy Negative Emotions. This causes problems with REBT research on a number of levels; A lack of such measures also means that REBT outcome studies looking to show the benefits of REBT can only show results on a single continuum (for example using the BDI to measure high levels and low levels of sadness pre and post therapy rather than seeking to demonstrate a move from depression to sadness). As well as meaning that this form of research cannot truly be demonstrated as true to REBT theory it also gives out the message that researchers do not believe in this REBT theory as they are happy using scales which only measure emotions on this single scale.  Therefore I feel that there is a need for scales which will measure Healthy Negative Emotions to sit alongside current measures of Unhealthy Negative Emotions. I have chosen to create a scale to measure concern as anxiety is fast becoming the predominant mental health issue in the UK and as such I feel that a research tool which can help identify the benefit of REBT in the treatment of anxiety (to move a Client from a state of unhealthy anxiety to one of a healthy concern) will help boost the profile of REBT as well as demonstrating a need for other scales of healthy negative emotions.”

Have it! In the meantime I am keeping up with zine shenanigans by writing a monthly column for the rather fantastic Sticky Zine Store in Melbourne, visit them and sign up for their newsletter.

To distract you from that load of misery here’s something beyond awesome, Naked Raygun doing a Government Issue cover, sweet.


4 Responses to “Excuses, Excuses…”

  1. 1 Will Ross March 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Your dissertation topic sounds very interesting. I’d love to read it when it’s finished.

    You’re right that REBT — unlike other CBTs — distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy negative emotions. But showing this difference is difficult, except by exposing the causative beliefs. A tool for measuring the presence and strength of healthy negative emotions could be quite valuable.

    Good luck.


  2. 2 Toby Chelms March 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi Will,

    Thank you very much for your comment. The dissertation is starting to take shape now and once it’s complete (September this year) I will be sure to send you a copy. I’ve been reading your book via your download link and it’s very interesting stuff.



  3. 3 Anna Davidson March 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    found this page following link from ten songs podcast. dissertation topic blows my mind. i go to therapy for depression myself. if i could, i’d love to read your finished paper also.

  4. 4 Toby Chelms March 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Hi Anna,

    Glad you found it useful. I’d be more than happy to send out info when it’s done (I’m sure I’ll put something up here about it!).

    Cheers again


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