By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Really Useful Psychological Principles From A Funny Non-Psychology Book (With Video)

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist/author who does “life experiments” and writes about his experiences. His third book was published last month and he also has a day job as an editor at Esquire magazine in New York. I decided to blog about his experiments because they very nicely illustrate some extremely useful general psychological principles...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Behavioral Experiments CBT

This post outlines how to do a simple behavioral experiment. Behavioral experiments are one of the most important types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques. Most people understand that their thoughts and emotions influence their behaviour. Thoughts/Feelings -> Behaviour For example, Jane believes “I have to be perfect for people to like and accept me” (thought),...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Quick Tip for Getting Out of a Bad Mood

This is a tip for when it seems like things keep going wrong. Try thinking of 3 or 4 things that went right in the last 24 hours. When people feel unhappy or stressed these emotions tend to lead to thinking biases – we pay extra attention to negative events and overlook positive events. When...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Common Thoughts in People with Depression or Low Self Esteem

Do you have secret (or not so secret) fears about yourself? Things you fear might be true about you? Or things you fear other people might think about you? Common secret fears include: I’m out of control I’m weak I’m defective I’m needy I’m fundamentally different from other people I’ve failed a lot/made a lot...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Latest Magazine Article in Current (October 2009) Edition of Mindfood Magazine

If you want more of my writing, I have an article in the current edition of Mindfood magazine. It’s about “Letting Go of Friendships”. Pg. 86. Here’s the cover so you can spot it. You should be able to easily find Mindfood at most supermarkets in New Zealand. If you look closely you’ll see my...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/CBT Self Help Materials

This post is for people who read or subscribe to my blog who might not have read all of the rest of my website (the blog is only part of the overall site – it’s the relatively informal part). The links below are likely to be extremely useful for understanding and overcoming specific types of...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Restorative Practices

Do you feel like the proverbial rat on the wheel (busy but not accomplishing much that’s important to you)? I’ve written lots of on this blog about the psychological benefits of activities that provide a sense of accomplishment and/or mastery. The flip side of this paying attention to your deeply restorative practices. Restorative practices help...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Starting with What You Know about Yourself and Degree of Challenge

This is a follow-up post to yesterday’s post about attaining life dreams. What if you don’t know what you want? You don’t know what surface goals would help you achieve your deep goals? A good place to start is with what you know you like and extrapolate. For example, if you have a particular skill...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Finding and Following Your Dreams

I’m writing this post from New York City. I’ve been on vacation here for 6 weeks or so – recharging my batteries (update: I’m back in Christchurch now). I rarely use personal examples on this blog but in this post I’m going to, to illustrate a broader point about something that gets in the way...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Mindfood Magazine Cover Article About "The Science of Being Happy: The Power of Positive Psychology" (July/August edition)

Full article. Free. The Science of Being Happy. Co-written by me, Dr Alice Boyes, Christchurch psychology PhD, and Mindfood Editor Donna Duggan. The Science of Being Happy This was the cover – Posted free for aliceboyes.com readers with permission, courtesy of Mindfood magazine (www.mindfood.com)....

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