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 with 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

Can Our Key Character Strengths Change Over Time?

In my earlier article on Positive Psychology, I wrote about how happiness can be sought out and fostered by discovering our natural character strengths and virtues. The current article intends to see if these strengths remain consistent over time, or if they can be actively changed. Is our character set in stone, or are we malleable… Read More

How Do You Deal With Your Problems?

Throughout my schooling years I was a horrible procrastinator. I would leave everything to the last minute, sometimes even having to take a day off high school so that I could finish an assignment that was meant to be due that day. Once I got to university I couldn’t do this anymore, as the due date… Read More

What Life Traps Do You Consistently Fall Into?

Do you want to reinvent your life? In my top 20 psychology books countdown that I did last year, I put the book Reinventing your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey Young and Janet Klosko (1994) at #10 on my countdown. It is a self-help version of Schema Therapy, which… Read More

Can Someone Change Their Personality?

One of the benefits of being so interested in psychology is that I have performed nearly every psychology test there is on myself since beginning my Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2010. This has no doubt given me many insights into myself, but it has also given me the skills and knowledge to help others to… Read More

Are You Living the Life That You Want?

In 2016, I decided to take on the challenge of accountability. As a Clinical Psychologist, being accountable was all about evidence based living – engaging as much as possible in thinking patterns and behaviours that have been shown to lead to a happier, more satisfying, higher quality of life. The following were the five key areas… Read More

Are You Practicing What You Preach?

In 2016, I decided to take on the challenge of being accountable to myself. I wrote this blogpost so that I could take responsibility for my actions in an open, transparent way, do what I said I was going to do, and “practicing what I preach.” For me, as a Psychologist, practicing what I preach… Read More