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Many Australian employees have now returned to work duties and are navigating a ‘new normal’ in their working lives. This new version of normal, for many, is vastly different to even six short months ago. Some have experienced job loss while others may be experiencing decreased work hours, redeployment to a new role, return to…
As many businesses and employees look towards the coming months to recover from the impact of COVID-19, it’s impossible to ignore the loss that this pandemic has brought about. Following restrictions, businesses have closed and those that have remained open have been put under tremendous stress, leading to unemployment levels not seen since the early…
Professor Tim Carey FAPS of the TV show How 'Mad' Are You? on why not all psychologists push to make a diagnosis of mental illness
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Tim Carey FAPS of How 'Mad' Are you? on the questions you should ask when you are ready to seek psychological help.
Tim Carey FAPS thinks so. He took part in a novel documentary series that put his diagnosis skills to the test.
Drinking alcohol in pregnancy may have a drastic impact on babies' brain development. But too often Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is overlooked as a cause of children's behavioural and learning issues
What comes first: the power or the narcissism? Research psychological research suggests that holding a position of privilege may fuel toxic tendencies
Simple psychological rules that help keep things under control
Partners, parents, even a pet: one in 20 Australians struggle to cope with being apart from their loved ones
Flexible work should not be a perk or a privilege. Implemented correctly, it benefits both company and employee
Australian research is helping to make sense of online trolls and their motivation for harming strangers
Swapping traditional psychometric tests for game-based assessments has the potential to provide more accurate measures of cognitive ability – and increase the fun factor.
For Olympian Libby Trickett, regular mental health checks have been her secret weapon - in the water and out
Shot on the job, police officer Daryl Elliott Green faced a fight for his life. Police psychologists were at the centre of his recovery
Complaining to friends about flabby arms or big thighs can incite comparison with other women and cultivate body dissatisfaction
Neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova on what research suggests we can do to keep dementia at bay
There are psychological reasons why we are scared of clowns and find them creepy.
Interest in electrical brain stimulation as a treatment has skyrocketed, but the evidence in support of it is mixed
Anti-social behaviour online - trolling, cyberbullying - is a growing concerning phenomenon but research shows ignoring these mostly faceless angry attention-seekers could be the best response.
Violent lone wolf extremists are looking for acknowledgment and attention as they feel overlooked, aggrieved and insignificant.
Just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all? Psychology can help
Incidences of bullying are occurring in preschools. With bullying linked to a range of poor outcomes in adulthood, psychologists are urging schools to adopt best practice to protect students.
A behaviour management approach which focuses on understanding what individuals are trying to achieve by their behaviour. Problem behaviour persists because it serves a purpose and is an attempt to meet a person’s needs, however imperfectly. Psychologists work to understand the individual’s motivations and reinforce more constructive methods. This approach has proven useful in addressing…
A psychological approach that assists in behaviour change by focusing on a person’s motivations for problem behaviour, examining the consequences of it and addressing their ambivalence about making positive change. The approach arose from work in the area of substance abuse and is now thought to be effective in addressing bullying and the management of…
Bullying occurs when an individual or group repeatedly behaves towards a specific individual with the intention of causing harm or distress. This can include physical, verbal, social or online attacks. Psychological research has shown that being bullied, being a bully or witnessing bullying are all associated with negative effects on mental health.
A state of being totally absorbed in an activity, in which we feel both adequately challenged and equipped with the skills to meet the challenge. The concept forms part of ‘positive psychology’. Flow, also referred to as being in the zone, was developed by the psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. He has linked achieving flow to increased…
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Society as a classification and diagnostic tool for mental health professionals. The fifth edition, known as the DSM-5, was published in 2013 after a long period of research, consultation and some controversy. It is one of the potential reference tools used…
Think hard before taking it to the next level. ymgerman/Shutterstock.com Gamers are increasingly turning to brain stimulation devices to enhance their performance. Using small, gentle electrical currents sent between two or more electrodes placed on a person’s head, these transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) devices manipulate brain cells’ activity. But there is little regulation governing…
Use of physical restraint in detention settings is outmoded, according to a leading expert, and amounts to a physical assault that would be unacceptable in any other setting.
In our modern world, the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, enabling us to be more connected and efficient than ever before. But our move online has also resulted in the serious and growing global phenomenon of internet addiction.
The risk of violence against women is usually higher in cultures that reinforce male superiority
Blended families are more common than ever but creating harmony at home isn’t always easy. Here’s what parents can do to help boost family togetherness.
Dominance and control through many forms of abuse is an unfortunately common and destructive force in many relationships.
In high-risk occupations, leaders can protect the health of their staff by promoting certain behaviours like getting enough sleep, dealing with grief or talking up about stress.
Helping children to deal with worries and stress will help them grow into resilient adults.
Many professions - paramedics, police, firefighters - involve helping people in traumatic circumstances but witnessing trauma has its own effects that can haunt people for life.
The death of a brother or sister during the teenage years can affect how young people develop independence, romantic relationships and even career paths.
Ageism is rife but negative perceptions of older people are not just restricted to the young – research shows older people can also hold bias about ageing which can impair their mental and physical health and enjoyment of life.
Most people don’t join violent extremist groups for ideological reasons. Instead, they join for social reasons – with someone they know, to connect with other people or to find a sense of purpose.
Helping swimmers struggling with anxiety or poor performance, building team dynamics and minimising distractions in the athletes’ village are all in a day's work for sports psychologist Georgia Ridler at the Olympics.
Training the mind is the difference between winning gold and failing to qualify in Rio.
Striving for precision may seem like a desirable trait, but research suggests extreme perfectionism is a risk factor for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Living with family violence affects how children see themselves and the world around them, leading to a raft of negative consequences.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious but treatable mental disorder that affects more than half a million Australians.
A focus on people's strengths not just symptoms or challenges is helping people with mental disorders achieve a better quality of life and avoid being defined by their condition.
Identifying children with autism early - before age two - is possible and greatly improves their opportunities for development.
Infidelity is everywhere we look and before marriage most people say a cheating partner is a deal breaker. However, many couples later realise that relationships damaged by infidelity can recover.
Abuse can happen to anyone, but recognising the difference between devotion and control can help to identify a potentially harmful situation before you’re in too deep.
The same strategies that help elite performers overcome anxiety and stage fright can help you perform at your peak every day.
Children love playing sport – but not always for the reasons you expect. Help create a happy playing field with these tips for amateur coaches.
Psychological support can help people with diabetes overcome the fears and challenges often associated with this chronic health condition.
Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following tips can help you look after your mind and body, and reduce stress and its…
Creating associations between food and emotions is easily done but can set up children for a lifetime of unhealthy eating.