We’re all biased

Would you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? You might be surprised to hear that we're all hardwired to be pessimistic, or at least to remember negative and painful events more strongly than positive.  Mark and I talked about the implications of this on Radio Live this week.  (Click here to listen to the Read More >


It's not everyday you get called names and apologised to within the hour on the Radio, but such is talk back radio and the heated views people have about the smacking issue. Last Wednesday I spoke with Alison Mau and Willie Jackson as they kicked off their afternoon show on Radio Live.  I talked about Read More >

Violence is OK

In a shocking move today Family First launched it's new domestic violence campaign, "Some violence is OK" aimed at decriminalizing "minor" or "light" slapping which occurs in loving "physical disagreements" between husbands and wives. "It's our experience, in dealing with people affected by the current domestic assault law, that many good husbands, and some wives Read More >

“Smacking” legal opinion hides real problem

Press Release: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists 18th October, 2014 *** In seeking to challenge and clarify the legal interpretation of section 59, the conservative political lobby group, Family First, are once more attempting to deny the very real psychological impact of physical discipline on our children. “It’s a shame Family First have to put Read More >

Painful solitude?

When was the last time you spent 15 minutes doing nothing? No TV, music, nothing to read, no smart phone.  If you can't remember, you're not alone.  It seems most people really struggle with solitude, and some would rather administer a small electric shock to themselves than tolerate it.  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about Read More >

A Mindful Disposition

I've talked a lot about how mindfulness is good for your emotional health, good for anxiety and good for your well-being.  But it turns out it's also good for your heart.  Mark and I talked about this, and what "dispositional mindfulness" is on Radio Live, Sunday Morning this week.  (Click here to listen to the Read More >

Waterslide awesomeness

I had a great day today, talking at a very worthwhile event about Burnout and Anxiety, courtesy of Wellness Retreats NZ.  It was set in the lovely surrounds of the Matakana Lodge and I met a great bunch of people.  But one of the highlights was meeting Jimi Hunt, one half of Live More Awesome Read More >


We all have bad days at work but what is "workplace burnout" and how does it differ from just having a bad day?  Mark and I talked about this, Sunday morning on Radio Live this week. (Click here for audio of the interview) Burnout is a growing area of study, at least partly because it Read More >

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