Can Psychologists and Psychics Read Minds?

A question that I often get asked when I tell people that I am a Clinical Psychologist is "Are you reading my mind, right now?" The interesting thing about the question is that it really isn't what psychologists do. Sure, I can pick up on other people's emotions much more than I could before I started clinical [...]

6 Thinking Traps That We All Fall Into

Snow in Las Vegas - I never thought that could happen! But it did, in December 2008, when this photo was taken. Luckily an American friend warned me how cold it could get in the winter. Otherwise I would have expected it to be hot, just like the other two times that I had previously [...]

How Should We Define Success As A Nation?

The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has been in decline since it's peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008, [...]

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, [...]

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 will [...]

My Top 20 Psychology Books (5-1)

This is the final post in the countdown of my all-time top 20 popular Psychology books. For details on my selection criteria as well as further information on books 20 through to 6, please check out parts one (20-16), two (15-11) and three (10-6). Here are the titles that have been included so far: 20. [...]

My Top 20 Psychology Books (10-6)

Following on from my first two posts (20-16 and 15-11), I am continuing the countdown of my top 20 popular Psychology books. Here are the titles that have been included so far: 20. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman (2005). Amazon.com star rating = 4.1/5 19. The Highly Sensitive Person: How [...]