F##k it!: Why swearing is good for you

Why do we swear, and how might it actually be a practical and helpful behaviour?  Jessica and I from Radio Live discussed this on Sunday morning, and how to best swear for maximum gain, in your life.  (Click here for audio of the interview…) Firstly, everyone does it.  The research suggests everybody swears, the only Read more

Is Facebook bad for you?

It’s not news really that when a “new” technology  turns up there’s a lot of hand wringing and worrying about how it is the end of the world as we know it.  Hard as it seems to believe now, the telegraph was as poorly understood and as worried about in the 1800’s as the internet Read more

Mucking about

When was the last time you did something that didn’t have a point?  Just mucked about, did whatever took your fancy?  Wasted some time? Last time on Radio Live Wallace and I talked about the importance of play for the wellbeing of children, but what about adults?  Well not only is it important for grown Read more


“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Turns out it may also make him less socially able, less creative and more likely to be arrested as an adult.  In the UK there is currently a political fight going on about the increased use of formal assessment of the three “R’s” for children Read more

Green eyed monster

Jealousy.  The green eyed monster.  A negative emotion: or just poorly understood?  This week Wallace and I chatted about jealousy, what it is and what to do if you feel like you suffer from it.  (Click here for audio of the interview…) Jealousy is what shows up when a relationship we value is at risk Read more

Sometimes, things suck

Positive thinking.  We’ve all heard of it, chances are some of you even try to do it.  I don’t.  Can’t stand it.  When people tell me to “think positively” my heart sinks.  Why? Life isn’t all positive.  Sometimes it’s painful, hard, frustrating and downright annoying.  It can also be wonderful, inspiring, uplifting and joyous.  Sometimes Read more

Nine to Noon: Mental illness treatment costs

This morning I had a chat with Kathryn Ryan on the Radio NZ National show, Nine to Noon.  We talked about the research into the effectiveness of psychotherapy.  She also talked with Sovereign Insurance about their approach to the funding of talk therapy.  To listen to the interview click below Read more


I have a confession to make.  Sometimes when I have a spare hour at work, I lie down on my couch and have a wee nap.  One of the benefits of being self employed I guess.  I know I could never do it “on the clock” when I was being paid a salary.  But why Read more

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