Can Psychologists and Psychics Read Minds?

When I tell people that I am a clinical psychologist, people often ask, “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 clinical work. I’ve alsoContinue 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 I took this photo. 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 I had previously been there. AfterContinue reading “6 Thinking Traps That We All 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 10:30 pm to meet up with some other friends a few streets away. I grew up in what I felt was a safe neighbourhoodContinue reading “Trauma – What is it and what can we do about it?”

How Should We Define Success As A Nation?

The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has declined since its peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008, 35 inContinue reading “How Should We Define Success As A Nation?”

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, caring,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 to help them achieve their particular goals. Clients believe that if they can be taught these skills, they will overcome their difficulties or the problems that led to them entering therapy. They will then have no subsequent complications or needContinue reading “What Do Clients Find Most Helpful About Therapy?”

How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?

I just finished reading the book ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation’ by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg and was pleasantly surprised to see such a well-researched book written predominantly by a Stand-up Comedian (with a helping hand from a Sociologist). For those of you who don’t know Aziz, his stand-up shows typically consist of interesting observationsContinue reading “How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?”

My Top 5 Psychology TED Talks

In order of fewest views to most, I will present my favourite TED talks, along with a brief description of what they are about, why I think they are great and where you can find out more information about these concepts if you are interested. Enjoy! 5. The Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan GilbertContinue reading “My Top 5 Psychology TED Talks”