Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

I’m a great fan of bibliotherapy, defined in the ‘Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science’ as: ‘The use of books selected on the basis of content in a planned reading program designed to facilitate the recovery of patients suffering from mental illness or emotional disturbance. Ideally, the process occurs in three phases: personal identification of …

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As we reflect upon the growing unrest and sectarian strife in the Middle East, at first glance it seems so difficult to find signs of hope. Consider, for example, the situation in Tripoli, one of Lebanon’s most divided cities, where sectarian antagonism chokes civic society and precludes the intermingling of Alewites, Sunni’s and Druze among …

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On Saturday 13th July the publisher (The Crystal Bard Press) will be offering the kindle edition of my second book – Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey – as a free download via Amazon. ‘Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey is a collection of abstract art, photography and poems by Scott Peddie, a minister and scientist who, …

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Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey is a collection of abstract art, photography and poems by Scott Peddie, a minister and scientist who, after years of suffering from depression, has recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder. The poetry, which is often agonising, always tender and thoughtful, reflects Scott’s experience of living with this complex condition and …

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Reuben Margolin is an incredibly talented  kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in various patterns, including raindrops falling and waves combining.  Margolin’s installations are as dramatic as they are mesmeric, reflecting an art-form that is meditative and almost spiritual, inspired as it is by maths and nature. Amazing. You can see Margolin talk about …

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From my bipolar blog: As part of my journey through art therapy, I’ve been reflecting on my time working as a marine biologist, eventually trying my hand at drawing two of my favourite fish – the Trout and the Angel Fish. As always, I’ve introduced an abstract element to each……quite what it means will require …

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Here are three pieces I put together recently as an extended reflection on what the emotions that accompany the various phases of bipolar disorder (as experience by me) look like. They are 1) the turmoil of post-hypomania, 2) confused reflection and 3) hope for a brighter, and calmer, future. via A Snapshot of Emotions.

As I’ve made reference to in the last number of postings, as part of my treatment, I’ve engaged in some ‘art therapy’ where I attempt to express my emotions without words.  For some reason, the end result tends to be what could loosely be termed as ‘abstract art’; I’m not quite sure why that’s the …

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