Is it Better to be Completely Honest, a Strategic Truth-Teller or an Occasional Liar?

I used to lie a lot growing up. Not quite as bad as Holden Caulfield in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’: “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’mContinue reading “Is it Better to be Completely Honest, a Strategic Truth-Teller or an Occasional Liar?”

Our Environment Makes More of a Difference to Our Health and Mental State Than We Realise

It’s been over 9 months since I moved to Vanuatu to volunteer as a Clinical Psychologist with the Port Vila Central Hospital and the Vanuatu Government’s Ministry of Health. That means that I am over a third of the way through my volunteer experience. The first 1–2 months were challenging and a little overwhelming withContinue reading “Our Environment Makes More of a Difference to Our Health and Mental State Than We Realise”

Could You Develop Your Own Guide to Better Living?

The Making of a Genius? In 1726, at the young age of 20, Benjamin Franklin came up with a list of thirteen virtues that he wanted to live his life by. He then carried around a small booklet to track his daily and weekly progress against these virtues. Franklin included an example of this tracking systemContinue reading “Could You Develop Your Own Guide to Better Living?”

10 Bits of Advice I’d Give My 10-Year-Old Self

When I was ten, I was in grade four at primary school. I was one of the tallest kids in the class and fairly skinny and uncoordinated. I loved sport and computer games. I enjoyed living where I did in the northeast suburbs of Melbourne and had some good friends that I spent a lotContinue reading “10 Bits of Advice I’d Give My 10-Year-Old Self”

Why 18 is the New 15: The Negative Consequences of Always Wanting Our Children to Feel Special and Safe

In 1970, children were thought to be ready to enter Grade One at Primary or Elementary School when they could travel independently around their neighbourhood for 4–8 blocks from their house. This included 6-year-olds being able to go to the shops and buy things by themselves, or walk or ride to school if it was closeContinue reading “Why 18 is the New 15: The Negative Consequences of Always Wanting Our Children to Feel Special and Safe”

Why Bother Overcoming Fears?

Last weekend I managed to complete my PADI Open Water SCUBA Diver Course: PADI Temporary Card Open Water Diver Name: Damon K. Ashworth Diver No.: 1902AA8575 Cert Date: 16-Feb-2019 Instructor Number: 305944 Store/Resort Name: Big Blue Store Number: 36279 This person has satisfactorily met the standards for this certification level as set forth by PADI.Continue reading “Why Bother Overcoming Fears?”

To Trust or Not to Trust?

Recently, some things have come to light that I have found personally disappointing. A few people have behaved in a self-centred way, and it puts me in an awkward situation. If given a choice, I always try to be kind, open, honest, respectful, and cooperative. However, sometimes some people don’t play by these same rules,Continue reading “To Trust or Not to Trust?”

The Four Ultimate Concerns in Life

I’ve been afraid to say this for a while because of how it will be perceived, but my favourite book of all time is actually a textbook. So before you think that makes me someone you would never want to speak to, I’ll ask if you have ever read anything by Irvin Yalom, American PsychiatristContinue reading “The Four Ultimate Concerns in Life”

Why Do Some People Cheat in Relationships and Others Remain Faithful?

With the development of the internet, dating websites, social media, smartphones and dating apps, it is now easier than ever for someone to cheat on their partner or spouse. This same technology can also make it easier to get caught due to the potential digital trail created with each of these unscrupulous liaisons. The AshleyContinue reading “Why Do Some People Cheat in Relationships and Others Remain Faithful?”

Parenting is Tough, but Science Suggests Clear Strategies that Help You to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

In 2018, the American Psychiatric Association identified what they considered to be the three major goals of parenting: “1. Ensuring children’s health and safety 2. Preparing children for life as productive adults, and 3. Transmitting cultural values” Many environmental and biological factors influence a parent’s and a child’s capacity to reach these ambitious goals. However,Continue reading “Parenting is Tough, but Science Suggests Clear Strategies that Help You to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children”