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 >

Mental health concerns for Christchurch

This article appeared on 23/04/13 in the NZ Herald.  Click here for the original article   There were a record 209,000 prescriptions for anti-depressants written to the people of Christchurch last year, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists has "grave concerns" for the ongoing psychological struggles of the residents of the earthquake-ravaged city. At Read More >


Last week I talked about what empathy is and how our brains are hardwired for it.  (See: "Monkey see, monkey do").  This week on Radio Live Tony and I discussed some research about how to increase our empathy. (Click here for audio of the interview). Researcher Roman Krznaric has looked at what he called "Highly Empathic Read More >

Monkey see, monkey do

Sometimes science is really cool.  We've always known that as humans we are able to feel others pain, connect with how others are feeling and mimic what they are doing, but it took some monkeys and an accident to understand how. This week on Radio Live I talked about empathy and how "mirror neurons" were Read More >

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