Isolation & Loneliness: Which One Is More Damaging to Our Long-term Health?

Just the other day I was having a debate with a client about isolation versus loneliness. He believed that the amount of social contact we have with others was a more significant predictor of well-being, whereas I thought that how close we felt was more important for long-term health and happiness. In other words, he… Read More

My 10 Favourite Laws of Power

A fascinating book that I read towards the end of 2017 was ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ by Robert Greene. Since the book was first released in 1998, it has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and has influenced many successful people, from Will Smith to Kanye West, Jay-Z and 50 Cent, who later co-wrote… Read More

Is Your Screen Time Eating Up Your Free Time?

How Did We Get Here? In the classic Sociology book ‘Bowling Alone’, Robert Putnam makes the compelling argument that social capital (reciprocal connections among people) has been in a steady decline ever since its peak in 1964. By the year 2000, the average American was 58 percent less likely to attend a club meeting than… Read More

The Error Called Nostalgia: Remember How the World Used to be Better? What if it Never Was?

One of my favourite movies of all-time is ‘Midnight in Paris’. Let’s just forget about the director of the film for a second, and focus on the main reason why I love it – nostalgia. The main character in the movie, Gil, played by Owen Wilson, is writing a novel about a character who owns… Read More

The Best Psychology Books of the Past Five Years (10-1)

Welcome to the final segment of my countdown. If you’d like to check out part one first, click here. Otherwise, enjoy! 10. ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance‘ by Angela Duckworth (2016). Goodreads star rating = 4.08/5. Why it’s good: Duckworth shows that talent tends to be hugely overrated when looking at who is… Read More

The Best Psychology Books of the Past Five Years (20 – 11)

I’ve already written a previous post on my top 20 psychology books of all time.  These were quite popular and well-known titles, but the most recent publications ‘The Power of Habit’ and ‘The Honest Truth About Dishonesty’ were both written in 2012. Since 2013, there have been some other great reads that have had a… Read More

Is it Possible to Improve Depression Without Therapy?

If you walk into a bookstore these days, there is an ever-expanding self-help section, all claiming to have the secret answer to help you to overcome your Depression. But do these titles even teach us anything new, and do they actually help individuals to improve? What is Depression? Although it is considered normal to experience… Read More

Shame and Guilt: Which One is Helpful, and How Can We Effectively Manage These Difficult Emotions?

What are shame and guilt? In the fascinating and comprehensive book ‘Shame and Guilt’ by June Tangney and Ronda Dearing, they describe shame and guilt as universal human emotions that are functionally important at both an individual and a relationship level. Features shared by shame and guilt (Tangney & Dearing, 2002): Shame and guilt are both… Read More

Money and Happiness: How to spend for optimal benefits

Not all the best things in life are free I was on holidays in Queenstown, New Zealand earlier this year, and was amazed at how beautiful the scenery was. I was also amazed by how many experiences were on offer for people visiting or living there… On my first day in Queenstown, I walked into… Read More

How High is Your Physical Intelligence?

Physical intelligence is concerned with how different elements of our environment interact with our senses to influence or distort our perceptions, judgments, and emotions, which then affect our behaviours. In her excellent book ‘Sensation’, Thalma Lobel has neatly summarised all of the important findings that have accumulated so far in the emerging field of physical… Read More