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What our psychologists know - and some others don't

Edited by Jill Wright,

We couldn't help but be slightly proud of ourselves today, when we came across an article in one of the world's great popular magazines, Atlantic Magazine, on the blind spot that most psychologists have on the importance of data in obtaining better therapy outcomes.

Headed "What Your Therapist Doesn't Know", the article, by Seattle-based clinical psychologist Dr Tony...

Please, no more parenting tips!

Edited by Jill Wright,

please, no more parenting tips!

Every once in a while, I read a book that strikes a chord. The most recent of these resonant experiences was with a book about a seven-year-old who had a remarkable, albeit unusual relationship with her grandmother.


The power of story-telling

The child and grandmother used stories as a way of communicating about dark and scary things in a way that...

Psychologists detect a leak in the CBT Holy Grail

Edited by Jill Wright,

I wonder how many health bureaucrats in Australia and overseas read the British Psychological Society's Research Digest? If so, they might be feeling a little sheepish, if not anxious or even depressed about a new meta-analysis by psychologists in Norway that indicates that CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - which policy makers have settled on as the gold standard for...

Psychologists and the tricks of persuasion

Edited by Jill Wright,

The BBC has some invaluable advice for its audience on the psychology of sales - an exploration of the psychological tricks that sales people use to get you to buy their products. 

Psychologists have been studying the science of influence for decades, and they know quite a lot about the techniques that the top salesmen use to mess with...

Spreading the word on the science of psychology

Edited by Jill Wright,

I have just returned from a busy week in Hobart, where I joined my fellow national directors of the Australian Psychological Society at a number of board meetings, followed by the annual conference.

I attended several interesting sessions and presented a research paper detailing the improved treatment outcomes that Psychology Melbourne is obtaining from our...

Psychology tips for managers

By Gavin Sharp,

One of Psychology Melbourne's corporate psychologists, Gavin Sharp, had some great advice for senior executives experiencing the isolation that confronts anyone who achieves higher office.

In an interview in The Age's Executive Style section, he acknowledged that managers had to accept a degree of loneliness as...

Making Psychologists Effective

Edited by Jill Wright,

One of the reasons Psychology Melbourne achieves outstanding results with our clients is the additional steps we take to establish and maintain a strong and effective therapeutic relationship - things like individual matching sessions - and the effort we invest in measuring and tracking the progress of the people we work with.

The value of...

Leading with a smile ... generally

Edited by Jill Wright,

I can imagine that there will be a lot more happy faces in Melbourne management circles in the next few weeks, as leaders and would-be leaders digest the message of an article in The Age by Sylvia Pennington that suggests "If you want to be a successful leader, you're going to need to stick on a happy face."

The...

Psychology in negotiation

Edited by Jill Wright,

Here's an arresting thought from a recent podcast from the BBC Radio 4 show The Human Zoo, on negotiation: "There is probably no more basic psychological principle than how we influence folk."

The speaker was Professor Margaret A. Neale, who teaches courses on negotiation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. You might find the PDF discussing her

Psychologists' insights into dance and music

Edited by Jill Wright,

psychologists' insights into dance and music

The popular image of psychologists probably tends towards the old cliche of "rats and stats", and jolly fascination with salivating dogs. If so, you'll probably be astonished by a couple of articles in the latest edition of the British Psychological Society's journal, The Psychologist.

One, headed "For those psychologists about to rock ...", explores whether insights from psychology could help...