Psych Profile: The Perfect Storm of a Social Justice Warrior

Imagine, as a university professor, you are describing a scene from the epic poem of Odyssey; the tale of Ulysses, who fended off certain death by tying himself to the mast of his ship. In so doing, he denied himself the weakness of the flesh that would surely have had him succumb to the singing mermaid’s…

Owning Confrontation: How to Roll With the Punches.

I suspect every therapist has been there: your client sits down, and you already know, seconds before it begins, what’s going to happen, you felt it on the long walk to your consult room. They are about to play on your biggest insecurities of feeling inadequate and powerless. “You don’t know what it’s like, you…

Let’s Clear Something Up About 13 Reasons Why

As an academic in Psychology, and a therapist, I was fascinated, enthralled and totally frustrated by the show 13 reasons why; a show which has gained much notoriety and controversy for I) promoting suicide, II) being unrealistic, and III) being so harmful, it was denounced by  youth counselling organisations. I was prompted to consider the…

Trumpology 101- The Psychology Of Donald Trump’s Campaign.

Regardless of your perspective on whether Trump should be the next president of the United States; I think everyone can agree he is a phenomenon which has far exceeded the expectation and predictions of the news stations, pundits, political commentators and bloggers. But what surprises me the most about Trump’s candidacy is how silent psychologists…

Addicted to Worrying: Movement in the Grass

Tell me if this describes you: When others are enjoying the moment, you are worrying about something you had said, or something that might, or might not happen in the future. Even when you solve one problem, your mind immediately finds something else to worry about. Sounds familiar right? But worse than all of that,…

The Knock out Punch: Men in Therapy

Ask any veteran Psychologist, Counsellor or Therapist what it’s like to work with soldiers, and watch them sigh and shake their head side to side.  The military, especially the combat units, are a very masculine institution. In my PhD I discuss how the culture of masculinity is integral to the way combat soldiers made sense…

Autobios- tell the story you want to read

What can popular autobiographies teach us about living  our lives? Whilst writing up the analysis for my PhD, I noticed something interesting, soldiers who successfully negotiated killing in combat, had agency rich, powerful life narratives, in which they continually made meaning out of their experiences, adapting and changing their sense of self, and life purpose,…