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The number of photos we take has increased hugely. How does this change our experience of life? #35

For many of you listening to this podcast, taking photos of things and people in our lives has become much more common, as well as documenting our experiences of life. Understanding how the act of taking photos may get in the way of or increase our pleasure in these activities seems like an important topic […]

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The language of ageism, and how we use it against ourselves #34

There has been a lot of recent attention on gender pay equity, the re-emergence of racism in western societies, and how youth mental health has been an increasing concern in recent years. However, the way we talk about older people, and indeed, how older people view and talk about themselves is also revealing of deeper […]

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Regulations of love: How to feel better when relationships end WCWTP#33

Most people will experience a relationship break up. They can be hard to get over. One way to manage this is to try to actively decrease the feelings of love you have for your ex-partner? But does this work? Do people believe they an control their feelings of love in this way? Can you actually […]

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Break until mid-October 2017

Hi all, Just a quick update for you. I’m lucky enough to have recently become a dad again, and I’m also a candidate in the NZ General Election for the Labour Party.  So, I’ll be taking a break from podcasting for a few weeks, but I’ll be back again in the middle of October. Until […]

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It is clear that 4 out of 5 people have experienced a mental health disorder by the time they reach midlife. What do we know about those who don’t?

You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware of is that is the answer if people are answering about what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. Long-term studies following the same people […]

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Can the news media play a key role in triggering psychological reactions to terrorism?

In July 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 adults and children in a bombing in Oslo and a subsequent shooting on a nearby island where the Norwegian Labor Party’s youth organisation was having their summer camp. I talk with Dr Bertel Hansen of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark about […]

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My NZ Fabians Society Seminar: Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand

On Friday 21 July, I gave an invited seminar to the NZ Fabians Society in Wellington. It was entitled, “Broaden and Build – Key elements for an effective mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand”. Amongst other issues, in this discussion I provided reminders of the importance of exposure to unfavourable social, economic and environmental […]

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Scared behind the wheel: How driving anxiety may influence our health and wellbeing

Leaning drive has been a rite of passage in many societies for decades. For many, it is a central part of their everyday lives, especially if they live in rural areas, or where other alternatives aren’t as practical or appealing. But what happens if we become anxious about driving? How might that shape our lives […]

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Integrated consciousness: A framework for making sense of the world around and within us

Consciousness is a curious and complex phenomenon. There are many ideas about what consciousness means and how it comes about, but I came across a compelling and relatively simple argument when I attended TEDFest this year – where the TED2017 conference was livestreamed for TEDx conference organisers from around the world, all convened in New […]

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The surprising upside of worrying #28

Worrying can be described as the process of unpleasant thoughts that keep coming back and cause us to be anxious or distressed. Although it’s certainly true that worrying is often seen as a problem, there is increasing evidence that it can also be seen in positive ways too.  In this show I speak with Associate Professor […]

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