Positive Psychology – The Secret to Optimal Well-being

For many years, Psychology, following in the footsteps of Medicine, was preoccupied with alleviating suffering. A worthy objective, but the treatments were focused on reducing depression or anxiety, not how to increase happiness. Does not feeling bad equate to the same thing as feeling good? If someone is no longer feeling sad, will they suddenlyContinue reading “Positive Psychology – The Secret to Optimal Well-being”

7 Life Lessons That We Can Learn From Hollywood Movies

I recently read a book titled ‘Writing Screenplays that Sell’ by Michael Hauge and was fascinated to see how psychologically informed screenwriters 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 that we can learn some valuableContinue reading “7 Life Lessons That We Can Learn From Hollywood Movies”

The Need to Belong

Historically Before the industrial revolution, humans lived in small groups that they were born into and had minimal interaction outside these groups for the duration of their lives. Because humans were not great at surviving in the wild, we used our frontal lobes, communication skills and opposable thumbs to work together to build villages andContinue reading “The Need to Belong”

Dealing With Toxic People

What is a “toxic” person? Sometimes in life, we come across people who defy our natural belief systems about how people “should be”. For example, while we assume that most people follow the golden rule of “treat others the way that you would like to be treated”, there are definitely some individuals who are not guidedContinue reading “Dealing With Toxic People”

What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?

Recently I’ve begun taking an interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been some studies that have helped publicContinue reading “What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?”

Are You Loving​ Your Loved Ones in the Ways They Want to be Loved?

Where do we go wrong? One of the saddest things I see time and time again in my work as a Clinical Psychologist is partners who both love each other and try their best to show this to each other, yet neither of them feels loved and appreciated. The same thing also happens frequently within families,Continue reading “Are You Loving​ Your Loved Ones in the Ways They Want to be Loved?”

Are You Asking the Right Questions In Your Search For a Therapist?

If you were searching the web as a consumer, looking for the best Psychologist, would you know what to search for? If you said that you would look for someone experienced, it is a good guess, but years of experience don’t seem to make too much of a difference in improving therapeutic outcomes (Minami etContinue reading “Are You Asking the Right Questions In Your Search For a Therapist?”

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, most films are super old. For example, ‘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)”

My Top 20 Inspirational Quotes

20. “A Year From Now You Will Wish You Had Started Today.” — Karen Lamb 19. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson 18. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin FranklinContinue reading “My Top 20 Inspirational Quotes”

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?”