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I write a lot on this blog about balanced thinking skills. The following is one easy experiment to try. Step 1: Think about something that causes you worry/anxiety. Pick a specific worry (e.g. how a...

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched an interesting Fora.tv talk by psychology PhD Dr Matt Walker (a Professor at University of California, Berkley). Most of the talk was about how sleep affects learning and...

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: What Am I Feeling?

November 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Something EXTREMELY important (and reasonably simple) you can do to improve your psychological health and coping abilities is to improve your ability to correctly identify your negative emotions. Identifying what specific emotions you’re feeling is...

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A couple of months ago I wrote about Julie Powell – the real Julie from the Julie & Julia movie (you can read my earlier post here). Julie’s year long cooking project, and the blog...

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How To Stick to Any Goal in 2010 (or Now)

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

I wrote this for a local gym and thought I’d post it here too. The examples are related to eating and exercising but the info is just as relevant for other types of goals. How...

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The University of Canterbury Magazine article I mentioned in yesterday’s post can be read at the link below Just the article University of Canterbury Magazine – interview with Dr Alice Boyes by Breeze Robertson Full...

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To access (these instructions are for PC users), right click on the link below and choose “save link as” (Sorry Mac Users, I’m not sure of the procedure for you.). “Getting back on the horse”...

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Consider that people have basic personality styles and then a range of different behaviours that stem from those basic styles. Sometimes the personality styles we love most about our partners are a double edged sword...

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Depression Skills: Self Monitoring

November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) activity that might be useful for people to do as a self help activity. It’s usually used as part of depression treatment but is potentially useful for anyone...

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Ideas for Life Experiments

October 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

I said in my last post that I would write some ideas for life experiments. There is also some info about reducing anxiety included later in this post (not particularly related to life experiments but...

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