How Much Could You Change Your Personality in a Year?

In April 2017, I looked at how my personality changed from 2011 to 2017 on the IPIP-NEO, my favourite free online personality test (see the website personality assessor and choose the IPIP-120 if you are interested in taking it). So I wrote this up for the article: Is it possible to change your personality? BeforeContinue reading “How Much Could You Change Your Personality in a Year?”

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 to 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 remained theContinue reading “How Do You Deal With Your Problems?”

What if You Could Change Your Attachment Style?

In my top 40 recommended psychology books, I put the 2012 title, ‘Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment, and How It Can Help You Find — and Keep — Love’ by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller in there; thanks to its Amazon.com star rating of 4.6/5. Attachment styles research is an area that I’ve been fascinated in sinceContinue reading “What if You Could Change Your Attachment Style?”

The 5 Lessons I Discovered From Being Kind

On January 1st, 2018 we kickstarted our Deliberately Better movement. Along with other passionate and driven allied health professionals, we aimed to highlight the various ways that people can choose to act if they wish to scientifically improve their health and well-being. In January, we aimed to engage in a random act of kindness each day.Continue reading “The 5 Lessons I Discovered From Being Kind”

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 that IContinue reading “Are You Living the Life That You Want?”

Is It Possible to Change Your Personality?

One of the benefits of being so interested in psychology is that I have performed nearly every psychology test on myself since beginning my Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2010. This has undoubtedly given me many insights into myself, but it has also given me the skills and knowledge to help others find out a lotContinue reading “Is It Possible to Change Your Personality?”

Isolation and 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 with others was a more significant predictor of well-being, whereas I thought how close we felt was more important for long-term health and happiness. In other words, he thought that theContinue reading “Isolation and Loneliness: Which One Is More Damaging to Our Long-term Health?”

Can Our Key Character Strengths Change Over Time?

I have previously written about how happiness can be sought 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 you can actively change them. Is our character set in stone, or are we malleable enough to shape our strengthsContinue reading “Can Our Key Character Strengths Change Over Time?”

What Life Traps Do You Consistently Fall Into?

Do you want to reinvent your life? In my top 20 psychology books countdown, 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 Jeffrey Young alsoContinue reading “What Life Traps Do You Consistently Fall Into?”

Do You Want To Be Deliberately Better?

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton It was 2016 when I first decided to take on the challenge of being accountable to myself. I later wrote this blog to take responsibility for my actions in an open, transparent way, do what I said I was going to do,Continue reading “Do You Want To Be Deliberately Better?”