Colin Longworth - Psychologist & Counsellor


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Refrigerator Quotes

In the book Using Biographical and Historical Grief Narratives With the Bereaving (by Harold Ivan Smith, published by Routledge Mental Health) there is reference to the idea of "Refrigerator Quotes" where the author asks "... grievers to put the quotation on a refrigerator door so they and members of the family, or friends, will see it. Some participants photocopy the quotes and pass them on. Others carry the quotes in a purse, notebook, or wallet for further reflection. The more they read and ponder a refrigerator quote, the more meaning it offers.” (p.11.)

I have used the same idea for a number of quotes I have found in various places - They are as follows: 

No. 1 - Eleanor Roosevelt^ and how: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do”


No. 2 - The Two Wolves - A Cherokee Fable

No. 3 - A Bag of Nails

No. 4 - Barry Jones on the "Baggage" we carry through life  

No. 5 - Matthew Johnstone on detaching from electronic devices

No. 6 - The Trouble Tree

No. 7 - Matthew Mitchum on Reaching Out for Help

No. 8 - A quote from Steve Bidulph

No. 9 - What does it mean to have a“Positive LGBTI Identity”

Other Handouts Worth Posting on the Fridge

The Litmus Test and the Decision Matrix

The Decision Quadrant

Positive Week Checklist