How to help and be helped

Asking for help is hard. In a society where self-reliance is valued so highly, we are embracing vulnerability when we admit that we can’t do it alone. Through asking for help, we are openly admitting that we don’t have all the resources to do it ourselves. As social psychologist [...]

2020-03-24T08:57:13+13:00March 19th, 2020|

Nudges from the science of wellbeing

How many times have you prioritised work over sleep? How often have you heard that you “can’t burn the candle at both ends”? And yet, sleeping 7 to 9 hours each night can still feel like a special treat rather than a day-to-day necessity. Likewise, grabbing the fresh fruit [...]

2020-03-24T08:54:45+13:00February 26th, 2020|

What is psychological therapy?

There are lots of wacky movie images of “therapy”, such as psychoanalysts from Freud’s time talking to people lying on couches, or clients and therapists running off into the sunset together (breaking all rules of professional conduct). Such images can therefore make “therapy” probably not something the average Kiwi [...]

2018-07-02T10:38:47+12:00July 2nd, 2018|

It’s that time of year – boost your motivation

It’s that time of year when many of us are running out of puff and energy.  Winter has set in and the pace and volume of work aren’t letting up. Ironically, while this is the time we most want to be actively using our recovery and resilience skills, running out [...]

2016-07-01T11:06:01+12:00June 30th, 2016|