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A Consumer’s Guide to Melancholia

‘A penny for the old guy’(1).
Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion…

Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act
Falls the Shadow…

Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response
Falls the Shadow…

 

 

 

Van Gogh, V. (1890) Sorrowing old man (at eternity’s gate).
..and a glossary to start…
Aboulia: Aboulia or abulia […]

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Is online dating ruining our social skills?

How instant gratification may triumph over long lasting relationships
Online dating has become a very popular and profitable service in Australia, with dozens of local and international websites offering dating services to Australians. According to the ACCC 2015 Online Dating Report, Australia’s online dating services earned $113.3 million in 2014-15, with total membership numbers passing 4.6 million across all major services.

But is […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Is online dating ruining our social skills?|
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    Steps to Rational Thought by Overcoming the Amygdala Hijack with Dr Matthew Worthington

Steps to Rational Thought by Overcoming the Amygdala Hijack with Dr Matthew Worthington

The body responds to 3 types of threat:
1. Internal – like illness,

2. External – like a predator or bad weather, and

3. Social rejection – exposes us to the first 2 types of threat.

 

When we are presented with a threat, our intelligent brain switches off and our instinctive reactive brain takes over. The reason being that our brain was designed by […]

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21 Ways to Stop Worrying by Dr Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis was an eminent Psychologist and expert on social anxiety.

He developed Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. Here he gives a presentation on worry:

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    Attachment Styles helping us understand our behaviours – Dr Matthew Worthington

Attachment Styles helping us understand our behaviours – Dr Matthew Worthington

If we understand attachment styles, we can calm ourselves and others quickly. Sometimes our feelings don’t make sense and we don’t know why we feel the way we do. Often, our relationship with our partner or parent is negatively impacted by our own childhood and our attachment style. To understand why we come up against a blank when trying to […]

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    New Year Resolutions: Tips for setting realistic & achievable goals

New Year Resolutions: Tips for setting realistic & achievable goals

New year resolutions are a great opportunity for self-improvement, but they can be harder to keep than you imagined.

Here are some new year tips for setting realistic and achievable goals.
A Psychologist’s perspective
Around 50% of Australians make new year resolutions, but only 12% actually follow through on them, with a whopping 33% giving up by the end of January. There […]

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Why is Christmas sometimes a depressing time?

Christmas is celebrated as the happiest time of the year, although having feelings of loneliness and depression during the holidays is more common than you might think. Being depressed at Christmas, when everyone around you appears to be doing so well not only highlights perceived differences between their lives and yours, it can make you feel guilty for not […]

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The adult colouring in phenomenon in Brisbane

It’s screen-free time (no Electronics, Facebook or Instagram)
Adult colouring in books have become extremely popular in Brisbane, with some bookstores selling out faster than they can supply them. But why are we so drawn to an activity that has traditionally been limited to small children?

In a recent video, Brisbane Counselling Centre’s Dr Matthew Worthington explained how the act of […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Blog, Videos|Comments Off on The adult colouring in phenomenon in Brisbane|
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    Being Brilliant Every Single Day – TED Talk – Alan Watkins

Being Brilliant Every Single Day – TED Talk – Alan Watkins

In this short video, neuroscientist Dr Alan Watkins describes a breathing technique that teaches people how to gain conscious control over their underlying physiology. By practising this simple technique a person can learn how to decrease their feelings of anxiety to the point where they are able to restore a state of calmness and optimal cognitive function. We strongly recommend […]

By |June 10th, 2015|Blog, Videos|Comments Off on Being Brilliant Every Single Day – TED Talk – Alan Watkins|

Healing all forms of Trauma with EMDR Treatment

If you’ve ever had a traumatic experience, I urge you to watch the video below. Recently, Economist Rolf Carriere gave a TED talk discussing the application of EMDR in the treatment of all forms of trauma. Rolf reports on the highly effective and efficient way in which the bilateral stimulation in EMDR triggers the underlying physiological processes that lead to the healing […]

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