Ruby Wax was used to being a top comedian with regular shows on British TV. She found however that she was depressed and what is more, her TV career was dwindling. Realising she suffered from clinical depression she decided to do a degree in Psychology to help her understand what was going on.
When she discovered to her horror that posters around London described her as a person suffering from depression she wrote a book on Mindfulness using the posters as her free publicity. “I practise mindfulness, which involves letting my garbage go through my brain but always bringing my focus to my breathing. It’s not something I ‘believe in – I know from brain research what’s going on, so it’s not a holy thing”. CQ is the clever, evolutionary technique she has used, unconsciously, to reinvent herself.