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In perspectives on our societies, there is always big picture stuff and small picture stuff, and getting the balance right in any approach to therapy (small picture) as well as our approach to legislation (big picture) seems important. As I sit in conversation with a person I am aware of just how intrinsic it is

Big picture, small picture

In perspectives on our societies, there is always big picture stuff and small picture stuff, and getting the balance right in any approach to therapy (small picture) as well as our approach to legislation (big picture) seems important. As I sit in conversation with a person I am aware of just how intrinsic it is

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I am interested in rules and the extent to which they do or don’t encourage us to act well. On a recent trip to Bali it was noticeable the number of western tourists who were smoking cigarettes in restaurants and coffee shops. It is not illegal to do so in Bali and yet the same

Rules

I am interested in rules and the extent to which they do or don’t encourage us to act well. On a recent trip to Bali it was noticeable the number of western tourists who were smoking cigarettes in restaurants and coffee shops. It is not illegal to do so in Bali and yet the same

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There is much talk these days about happiness and just what it is that makes us happy. And there is much talk about positive psychology and through this the promotion and teaching of happiness, optimism, positive thinking. And interestingly the thinking goes kind of like this…imagine two people: one wins a million dollars on the

Happiness

There is much talk these days about happiness and just what it is that makes us happy. And there is much talk about positive psychology and through this the promotion and teaching of happiness, optimism, positive thinking. And interestingly the thinking goes kind of like this…imagine two people: one wins a million dollars on the

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As part of the ongoing discussion on this website about ‘what matters?’, here are some comments from Oliver James, writing in ‘The Observer’ January 2006: ‘The Affluenza virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of

Here it is again. What really matters?

As part of the ongoing discussion on this website about ‘what matters?’, here are some comments from Oliver James, writing in ‘The Observer’ January 2006: ‘The Affluenza virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of

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Ahh yes…well there you have it. ‘Used well’ it is of course fantastic. Used ‘not so well’ then it ain’t so good at all. And the thing about ‘using something well’ is that it seems to be quite hard to do. It’s late at night, I’m tired and having a coffee (yes I know, this

TV. Good guy or bad guy?

Ahh yes…well there you have it. ‘Used well’ it is of course fantastic. Used ‘not so well’ then it ain’t so good at all. And the thing about ‘using something well’ is that it seems to be quite hard to do. It’s late at night, I’m tired and having a coffee (yes I know, this

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We just came back from Taree on the north (ish) coast of New South Wales where I was part of the Taree Fatherhood festival, held over the fathers’ day weekend. A good thing really. A lot of great work by Peter Glencross (and I’m sure, many others unknown to me). And after all these years,

Fatherhood in Taree

We just came back from Taree on the north (ish) coast of New South Wales where I was part of the Taree Fatherhood festival, held over the fathers’ day weekend. A good thing really. A lot of great work by Peter Glencross (and I’m sure, many others unknown to me). And after all these years,

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David Engwicht is maybe one crazy fella. Now is that bad? I must read more of what he says but one of his books is called ‘Mental Speed Humps’…and (if I’ve got this right) he is saying that the more traffic rules we have the less we seem to take responsiblity for what we are

Mental speed bumps

David Engwicht is maybe one crazy fella. Now is that bad? I must read more of what he says but one of his books is called ‘Mental Speed Humps’…and (if I’ve got this right) he is saying that the more traffic rules we have the less we seem to take responsiblity for what we are

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Music is powerful. Music is wonderful. And the following piece of research published in the Australasian Psychiatry Publication of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Volume 16 Issue 4 2008 is interesting. The following is a direct quote: Objective: In the aftermath of the double suicide of two teenage girls in 2007,

Music

Music is powerful. Music is wonderful. And the following piece of research published in the Australasian Psychiatry Publication of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Volume 16 Issue 4 2008 is interesting. The following is a direct quote: Objective: In the aftermath of the double suicide of two teenage girls in 2007,

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I am listening to Radio National discussing competition. Again it is the competition discussion. And as always I am caught on this one. I love excellence. Great to see a wonderful musician. Always amazing to see a great athlete. And Jeff Bond (General manager learning and development Richmond Football Club and formerly Head of Psychology

Competition

I am listening to Radio National discussing competition. Again it is the competition discussion. And as always I am caught on this one. I love excellence. Great to see a wonderful musician. Always amazing to see a great athlete. And Jeff Bond (General manager learning and development Richmond Football Club and formerly Head of Psychology

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The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald August 11, 2008, and I thought it had something to say and was worth reproducing here so I contacted the author Raymond Seidler Addiction medicine specialist, Potts Point and asked him if if that was alright. He said ‘yes’ and so here it is. One of

A view on drug use

The following article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald August 11, 2008, and I thought it had something to say and was worth reproducing here so I contacted the author Raymond Seidler Addiction medicine specialist, Potts Point and asked him if if that was alright. He said ‘yes’ and so here it is. One of

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