Emotional Blackmail

This week Tony and I talked about "emotional blackmail".  It was a pretty good place to end our interviews on the Home and Harden show, as from next week I'll be talking with Wallace Chapman on the Sunday morning show, each fortnight.  (Click here for a link to this week's interview). Emotional blackmail can also Read More >

Warning: this is boring

Boredom.  Makes me bored even thinking about it.  But it’s actually quite hard to define, and even harder to combat. It can be quite a universal experience and for some quite painful and debilitating. But what is it?  This week on the Radio Live Home and Garden Show host Tony Murrell and I talked about Read More >

Decision fatigue

Have you ever come home exhausted from work and felt unable to even make the most simple decisions?  Or found half way through a big project that you simply don't care any more and start making random choices?  Odds are you're suffering from what psychologists have come to call "decision fatigue." Tony and I talked Read More >

Anger engagement

I’ve often thought anger gets bad press.  It ‘s the emotion that “makes” people do the worst things.  “Anger management” is a misnomer, it should be “behaviour management” as anger isn’t the problem, aggression is.  But what’s the difference?  Tony and I talked about the difference this week on Radio Live.  (Click here for the Read More >

A bit depressed

It always annoys me when people say "I'm a bit depressed today."  Why? Becuase "depressed" is not an emotion, it's a bit like being a little bit pregnant.  You either are or you aren't.  Tony Murrell and I talked about this on the Radio Live Home and Garden show this week (Click here for the Read More >

Don’t be negative

The idea that we have "negative" and "positive" emotions is so entrenched in our language and culture that it feels hard to even think about it.  But the wisdom of mindfulness tells us quite clearly: there is no such thing as a negative emotion, it's just what our mind does with pain and discomfort. Over Read More >

Are you in or are you out?

This weeks episode of "The Vote" on TV3 asked the question "Are we racist?  After debating the idea and surveying their viewers they reached the conclusion that 76% of people believe as a nation we are indeed, racist. I'm not sure about that, but it got me thinking, what are the underlying psychological processes that Read More >

Christchurch quake continues to extract mental toll

The following article is from an interview I did on the 24th of April, 2013 with Radio Australia about the ongoing psychological effects of the Christchurch earthquake. Click here for a link to the audio of the interview February 2011 - the date of the devastating Christchurch New Zealand earthquake - is etched in the Read More >

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