Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity

The messages that we deliver to boys about what it means to be a man can have a powerful impact on who they become I recently watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix titled ‘The Mask You Live In’ about the American masculine ideal and the consequences of teaching boys not to value emotions, sensitivity, connection,Continue reading “Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity”

What Do Clients Find Most Helpful About Therapy?

When clients first begin their therapy journey, they often ask to be taught specific skills that are going to help them achieve their particular goals. Clients believe that if they can be taught these skills, they will be able to overcome their difficulties or the problems that led to them entering therapy, and they willContinue reading “What Do Clients Find Most Helpful About Therapy?”

How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?

I just finished reading the book ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation’ by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg and was pleasantly surprised to see such a well-researched book written predominantly by a Stand-up Comedian (with a helping hand from a Sociologist). For those of you who don’t know Aziz, his stand-up shows typically consist of interesting observationsContinue reading “How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?”

My Top 5 Psychology TED Talks

In order of least views to most, I will present my favourite TED talks, along with a brief description of what they are about, why I think that they are great and where you can find out more information about these concepts if you are interested. Enjoy! 5. The Surprising Science of Happiness by DanContinue reading “My Top 5 Psychology TED Talks”

Why Psychopaths Sometimes Succeed, and How You Can Too!

Q: What do James Bond, Dexter Morgan, and Hannibal Lecter all have in common? Apart from being fictitious characters, they are all fascinating to their millions of fans, and they are all Psychopaths. They all kill without any remorse and do what is required to be done to get what they want. The main differenceContinue reading “Why Psychopaths Sometimes Succeed, and How You Can Too!”

Personality Assessments – The Way to Figure Out Who We Are

There are many different assessments tools that Psychologists can use to help you answer the big question – “Who am I?” I will introduce these to you now so that you can determine if you’d like to give any of them a try: #1 – Psychiatric Assessment Many Psychologists will take a clinical history duringContinue reading “Personality Assessments – The Way to Figure Out Who We Are”

Feel the fear, and do it anyway

I’ve been thinking for awhile about what would be the best way to start off a psychology-related blog. I have some great ideas for blog series that I would like to do, but none of them seemed fitting for an introduction to the site. Then I realised what was happening… I was letting perfection getContinue reading “Feel the fear, and do it anyway”