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September 14, 2018

It's true: young people are finding life harder. They are experiencing more long term mental health problems, according to a major new research study

This study focuses on England, Scotland and Wales, and supports recent findings in Australia, where, for instance, 22....

September 13, 2018

It's not what happens that matters - it's how you handle it, how you think of it. We all know that glass half full person, who is constantly positive even when things aren't going well. And we all know that glass half empty person, who is constantly negative, even when...

September 12, 2018

Do you know that song by Talking Heads, 'Heaven'? In part, it goes like this (I'm humming):

'Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

There is a party
Everyone is there
Everyone will leave

September 11, 2018

We here in Australia spend a massive amount of money on gambling - over $23 billion, in fact: that's more than $1,250 for every man and woman. While for many it's no doubt a harmless and pleasant pastime, it causes untold misery and pain for thousands of people, not ju...

September 3, 2018

The latest Australian Women’s Health Survey, the fourth, shows that seven out of ten women in this country feel nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day, or on more than seven days in the past four weeks, and that 46% have been diagnosed with clinical depression or...

August 31, 2018

Let me play with your head. Quick, answer these questions as best as you can:-

  1. A thousand seconds equals about 17 minutes, and a million seconds equals about 11 days. How long is a billion seconds? Is it:

    • About three months

    • About three years

    • ...

June 22, 2018

 There’s a very simple, very clever and very effective way to increase your chances of achieving your goals. Yet few of us know about it, and hardly any of us are using it...

It’s based on seeing through a common misunderstanding: that we are rational, and make good dec...

June 7, 2018

I'd like to invite you to participate in a brain imaging study we are about to undertake involving hypnosis. The title for the study is: ‘Regional brain responses associated with subjective states of thirst and satiation induced by hypnosis and imagination’ and the res...

May 31, 2018

In the first part of this blog I set out four reasons why aiming to ‘be authentic’ is not only not achievable (which part of your multi-facted personality is ‘really you’?), it’s also often a terrible idea (you’d do better to bring your better self to work, and leave t...

May 29, 2018

‘Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.’