What if You Could Change Your Attachment Style?

In my top 20 psychology books countdown, 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 9th place, thanks to its Amazon.com star rating of 4.6/5.   Attachment styles research is an areaContinue 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. If you would like to join our movement, please feel free to join our Facebook group today. The only requirement to be accepted in the group is that you want to improve your life in some way. Along with other passionate and driven allied healthContinue 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 thatContinue 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 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 toContinue reading “Is It Possible to Change Your Personality?”

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, heContinue reading “Isolation & Loneliness: Which One Is More Damaging to Our Long-term Health?”

Can Our Key Character Strengths Change Over Time?

In an article that I have written 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, orContinue 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 that I wrote, 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 was alsoContinue reading “What Life Traps Do You Consistently Fall Into?”

Trauma – What is it and what can we do about it?

A Traumatic Experience? It was a Saturday night when I was 16 years old. I had a couple of my basketball friends stay over, and we decided to venture out around 10:30pm to meet up with some other friends a few streets away. I grew up in what I felt was a safe neighbourhood inContinue reading “Trauma – What is it and what can we do about it?”