MOL focusses on the distress underlying any particular symptom pattern rather than the symptoms themselves

A Closer Look at Altruism

The first article for 2020 has been posted to the In Control blog. The article is titled The Selfishness of Altruism. It can be accessed here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/202001/the-selfishness-altruism The idea of the article is that we have a more accurate and nuanced understanding of selfishness, selflessness, and helping, we might be able to be more helpful to more […]

Posted 03.01.20

Who Knows What People Deserve?

In the article I’ve just posted to the In Control blog, I give some thought to the concept of people getting what they deserve. You can find the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201912/have-you-got-what-you-deserve I suggest in the article that perhaps starting a conversation about what people “require” rather than what they “deserve” might be a way to build more […]

Posted 05.12.19

Mental Health and Control is the New Blog Article

I have just posted the 5th and final article in the mental health and diagnosis series to the In Control blog. It’s available here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201912/mental-health-and-control In this article I talk about the benefits of adopting a Perceptual Control Theory depiction of human functioning for our clinical and research activity. Incorporating a more accurate functioning of living might […]

Posted 02.12.19

Another In Control Blog article

The latest article on the In Control blog considers the idea of “potential”: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201911/youll-never-reach-your-potential In this article, I wonder what potential really is and suggest that, in the final analysis, all we have is right now. Maybe we can focus on enjoying our right now rather than chasing a mythical potential that might never be.

Posted 23.11.19

Matching Methods to Questions

Article number 4 in the 5 article series has just been posted to the In Control Psychology Today blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201911/theres-madness-in-our-methods In this article I discuss the importance of matching appropriate research methods to important research questions and I outline some of the ways in which research conclusions can be seriously compromised. I also suggest that a PCT […]

Posted 02.11.19

You Have to Control

My latest article on the In Control blog on Psychology Today highlights the non-negotiable aspect of control. You can find the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201910/you-have-control Once we recognise and accept our controlling natures, we can begin to figure out how we can all express our controlling natures without getting in each other’s way as often as we do.

Posted 12.10.19

The next blog article in the diagnosis series

The third article in a 5-part series has just been posted to my In Control blog on Psychology Today. You can find it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201910/finding-normal In the article I argue that our ability to conceptualise mental disorder is severely constrained because we have never spent time defining what “normal” is. Understanding what is disordered must surely be […]

Posted 02.10.19

Time To Rethink Change

In my latest article on Psychology Today’s In Control blog, I suggest that, rather than being daunted by change, we are actually change experts. Change is a constant part of daily life. You can find what I wrote here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201909/the-super-beings-who-are-the-masters-change My suggestion is that it’s the kind of change, rather than change per se, that can be […]

Posted 06.09.19

Reliability is not the problem for the DSM

I’ve just posted Part 2 of the 5-part DSM series on my In Control blog on Psychology Today. You can find it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201909/the-red-herring-diagnostic-reliability In this article, I explain why reliability is not the main problem for the DSM. More importantly, I explain why improving reliability will never tell us what we want to know. We do […]

Posted 01.09.19

There’s No Such Thing as Behavior

That’s what I’m proposing in my latest article on the In Control blog. You can find it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201908/there-s-no-such-thing-behavior In this article, I suggest that what we can observe as “behavior” is only ever half the story. In order to really understand other people, and improve the way we relate to them, we need to understand goals. […]

Posted 28.08.19

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