17 Dec 2019

Best of 2019: psychology

8:10 am on 12 January 2020

Procastination, perfectionisim, evil, uncertainty and more! These are are top psychology features of 2019. 

Adam Grant: Do your co-workers know you better than you know yourself?

When it comes to self-awareness, we all have blind spots, but we also have bright spots – talents and strengths we don't quite see. To find out more about both, ask your colleagues, says psychologist Adam Grant.

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Mel Schwartz: free your mind by leaning into uncertainty

Feeling stuck in a rut? Learning to embrace uncertainty could be a way forward, says psychotherapist and author Mel Schwartz.

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David Robson: Why smart people do stupid things

David Robson used the latest research on intelligence to find out why being bright and brainy is no protection against being dense and dim.

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Therapy is powerful, but it demands strength and courage

People often see therapy as a last resort, but you don't have to be at rock-bottom to benefit from it, says clinical psychologist Dr Jacqui Winship.

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Clinical psychologist Dr Jacqui Winship, co-author of The Talking Cure Photo: Wendy Williams

Piers Steel: Why we procrastinate - and how to stop

When it comes to procrastination the odds are stacked against us because people have been putting things off since time immemorial.

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Dr. Alex Pang: Getting more done by working less

A six-hour working day and four-day working week would be a better way to get more work done, says Dr Alex Pang.

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Thomas Curran: Giving up perfectionism

Perfectionism - fostered by the results-focused education system - is on the rise and leading to disastrous mental health outcomes.

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George Blair-West: a relationship guru on romance and divorce

Divorce is traumatic, so George Blair-West has made a study of how we choose our partners, how to recognise red flags and how to mature a relationship.

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Why do we do terrible things?

The world is not made up of good and bad people, and we’re all capable of being both, says Dr Julia Shaw.

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Dr Julia Shaw Photo: Supplied

How to build empathy and kindness in a fractured world

Empathy is in decline around the world, but a Stanford University psychologist says it’s vital we fight to reclaim this most noble of human qualities.

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