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

More About Goals in the latest In Control Blog Article

The latest blog article has just been posted to the In Control Blog on Psychology Today. You can find the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201907/the-being-goals In this article I continue the conversation about goals. The discussion considers some of the implications of being creations of goal seeking control systems. By understanding our design more completely and more accurately, we […]

Posted 31.07.19

All About Goals

A new blog article has just been posted to the Psychology Today In Control blog. The title of the article is “Goals R Us”. It can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201907/goals-r-us The focus of the article describes the way in which our entire existence is defined by our goals. We are, essentially, goal-seeking systems. I’m planning a follow-up […]

Posted 10.07.19

Two new articles

In the space of a few days, two new articles have been posted to the In Control blog. The first one is titled “Why Won’t You Admit You’re a Controller?”. You can find it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201906/why-wont-you-admit-youre-controller The second one is titled “Seven Dangerous Little Words” and can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201906/seven-dangerous-little-words Both of these articles discuss different aspects of […]

Posted 11.06.19

Thinking About Contentment

Have you ever wonder what contentment is and where it comes from? I’ve just posted my latest article on my In Control blog which considers these ideas: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201905/what-causes-contentment We have everything we need to create the contentment we would wish for ourselves. Sometimes the hardest part is listening to the ideas we’re creating. I hope some of […]

Posted 03.05.19

Health is Control

A new blog article has been posted to the Psychology Today In Control blog. You can find the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201904/control In this article I suggest that, since control occurs at all levels of biological, psychological, and social functioning, we could think about health in general from the perspective of control. Our interventions might become more effective […]

Posted 30.04.19

Comparing Ourselves to Others

A new article has just been posted to the In Control blog. The article is here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-control/201901/how-do-you-measure In the article, the very common tendency to compare ourselves to others is discussed. Of particular interest is the fact that many of these comparisons seem to be in an upward direction. That is, we compare ourselves to people […]

Posted 25.01.19

Check out the In Control blog for a new article

I’ve just posted the latest article to the In Control blog. You can find it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201812/piece-mind-peace-mind In this article I explore that phenomenon of having different parts or pieces of ourselves. The secret to peace of mind is to find the piece in the background of other pieces that might be arguing or fighting. It’s […]

Posted 14.12.18

The In Control Blog has a new article!

Continuing the theme from last month’s article, the article for this month is titled “Why Bother?”. You can access it here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201811/why-bother. In this article I highlight the fact that some bothers are fleeting but others hang around for much longer. I go on to suggest that the ones that hang around are being fuelled by […]

Posted 30.11.18

A New Slant on an Old Idea Using a Familiar Concept

Another article has just been posted to the In Control blog on Psychology Today. You can access the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201810/bothered The article suggests that the central feature of psychological distress is the sense of being “bothered” rather than any particular thought or behaviour or anything else that might be identified as a “symptom”. The key […]

Posted 28.10.18

Controlling People Will Never Give Up

That’s the title of my latest article for my In Control blog. You can find the article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-control/201809/controlling-people-will-never-give I use the article as an opportunity to explain the mechanics of control and to point out that, fundamentally, we are all controlling people. My stance in this article is that we need to embrace control rather […]

Posted 05.09.18

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  • Marken, R. S., & Carey, T. A.
    Controlling People: The paradoxical nature of being human.

    Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.