How High is Your Physical Intelligence?

Physical intelligence is concerned with how different elements of our environment interact with our senses to influence or distort our perceptions, judgments, and emotions, which then affect our behaviours. In her excellent book ‘Sensation’, Thalma Lobel has neatly summarised all of the important findings that have accumulated so far in the emerging field of physicalContinue reading “How High is Your Physical Intelligence?”

7 Life Lessons That We Can Learn From Hollywood Movies

I was recently reading a book titled ‘Writing Screenplays that Sell’ by Michael Hauge and was fascinated to see how psychologically informed screenwriters need to be to create engaging stories with meaningful plots and entertaining characters. Although Hollywood sometimes gets bad press for promoting materialistic and unrealistic goals for the audience, I do believe thatContinue reading “7 Life Lessons That We Can Learn From Hollywood Movies”

The Top 20 Movies of My Lifetime (10-1)

Looking at the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list that came out in 1998, the majority of films are super old. ‘Citizen Kane’ (1941) ranked at #1, ‘Casablanca’ (1942) ranked at #2, ‘The Godfather’ (1972) ranked at #3, ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939) ranked at #4 and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’Continue reading “The Top 20 Movies of My Lifetime (10-1)”

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 clinicalContinue reading “Can Psychologists and Psychics Read Minds?”

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 previouslyContinue reading “6 Thinking Traps That We All Fall Into”

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?”

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!”