Tag: Behaviour change

  What is Flow State and How Can it Be Accessed?

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the concept of flow and how you can access it yourself. Being in a state of flow is when we’re fully absorbed in what we’re doing, barely aware of the passage of time. Doing activities which cause us to enter a state of flow helps us to recognise that happiness… Read more »

  Tips For Focussing Attention

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how we can develop our ability to focus attention. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 3 of Destination Happiness.

  How Setting Goals Can Improve Your Wellbeing

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the importance of setting goals and intentions for our overall wellbeing. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 1 of Destination Happiness.

  Managing Anger and Aggression

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how to manage with strong feelings of anger and aggression. If you are experiencing persistent feelings of anger or outbursts of aggression, it’s important to do something about it. Anger can stem from a number of sources including unrealistic expectations of yourself or others, a win-lose attitude towards conflict, or… Read more »

  Three Coping Alternatives for Problem Situations

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses three coping alternatives for dealing with ongoing distress associated with a difficult situation, such as problems in a job or relationship. The three basic coping alternatives are: change it, accept it, or leave. It is often best to first try to improve the situation. However, if serious problems persist despite… Read more »

  When Facing a Crisis – The Four Stages of Change

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the four stages of change associated with going through a period of crisis. These stages are crisis, the dark night of the soul (depression), breakthrough and consolidation.

  Using the Five-Second Rule for Behaviour Change

How can we best get unstuck from a problematic behaviour? It might be frequent procrastination or worry, or addictive behaviour, or angrily overreacting to a situation. Most people can relate to having a bad habit or two. As a psychologist, much of our work involves helping people alter unwanted reactions or behaviour. I rarely hear… Read more »

  Launch into Life

How can we get unstuck from a problematic behaviour? This article looks at a technique pioneered by author Mel Robbins called the five-second rule for behaviour change.

  Dealing with Addictions

Dealing with addictions involves more than just willpower. It also involves having practical strategies which can assist a person to gain a greater return from their efforts in reducing or eliminating addictive behaviour. This blog aims to provide information and outline strategies which can be helpful in dealing with addictive behaviours. There are many types… Read more »

  Turning a Bigger Problem into a Lesser One

Many people find it very difficult to make a decision to see a psychologist. Often when they do so, this has already started a process of turning a bigger problem into a lesser one. Because commonly when people see a psychologist for the first time, they have two problems, or layers of problems. The first… Read more »