By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Psychological Tips For Dieting Success: Free copy of article about CBT for Dieting I wrote for Fitness Life Magazine

Fitness Life Magazine have provided a free copy of the feature article I wrote for their July issue for aliceboyes.com readers. You can read the full article here – It’s the Thought that Counts: Psychological Tips For Dieting Success. (To download a copy, Right click on link and select “Save link as” and the file...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Weight and Relationships Study

Excitingly for me, yesterday an article about a study I conducted with Professor Janet Latner from University of Hawaii was featured in the NZ Herald (If you’re overweight and looking for love, it pays to be a man: Article written by Simon Collins). The study will be in the July edition of Journal of Sex...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

The Science of Heartbreak

I was recently interviewed about “How to breakup without breaking down” by Tara Ali, Features Editor for Women’s Health Magazine. You can view a pdf copy of the article free here. The article is in the Australian and New Zealand editions of the magazine....

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

How to Enhance Your Creativity: Links between Creativity and Emotions

A major research paper was published last year about the links between creativity and emotions. The paper examined the results of 66 different studies about how people’s emotions affect their creativity. It looked at various different aspects of creative thought process like flexibility, originality, and eureka/insight moments. The researchers concluded that how a person is...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Sources of Self Esteem

Continuing the pie chart theme from my last post, this post is about a different type of pie chart that’s commonly used as part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Eating Disorders. Although its mostly used in eating disorders treatment it’s useful for anyone, especially people with low self esteem. In eating disorder treatment, clients...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Visualizing Time Use (Often Especially Useful for People with High Anxiety/Worry)

Difficulties with time use are common in people with high anxiety/worry, because anxiety and worry suck up a lot of time and energy. This basic activity is often useful for people with high anxiety or who just want to get some perspective about what they spend their time doing. Daily Time Use The activity will...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

How To Identify Your Psychological Raw Spots

Understanding your psychological “raw spots” can help you make sense of your emotional reactions. Understanding other people’s raw spots (e.g. partners’ raw spots) can help you make sense of their emotional reactions. How to Recognize When a Psychological Raw Spot is being Activated In the book Hold Me Tight, Professor of Clinical Psychology Dr Sue...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Study Shows One Session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Intervention Effective in Doubling Exercise Time

This is a very practical post about how to increase the amount you exercise. This Cognitive Behavioural Therapy technique is easy to implement. It will take less than an hour but the positive effects are likely to last for months. Dr Gertraud Stadler, from the Psychology Department at Columbia University, and colleagues did a study...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Why You Keep Doing Things You Hate: Understanding Unwanted Behaviour Patterns

“Psychological payoffs” hook people into behaviour patterns that provide some psychological rewards but that also have important downsides. Common examples of these types of patterns of unwanted behaviour include: overeating, procrastinating, problematic ways of interacting with other people, excessive spending, and excessive TV or internet. This post is about how to stop unwanted behaviour patterns...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Overcoming Boredom

Self-discovery, creativity, motivation, and answering the question “What do I want?” This article is one in a series of articles about self-discovery, creativity, motivation, and answering the question “What do I want?” If you missed it, the previous article in the series was about understanding “What are your deepest dreams for your life and relationships?”...

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