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Positive Psychology

Gifting Connectedness

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

First prize: Help those less fortunate   An extraordinary Catholic priest in Australia, Father Bob Maguire, is running a competition with a top prize that ‘guarantees happiness.’  See: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/24/father-bob-offers-people-chance-to-win-happiness-guaranteed He is is offering a third-placed prize of five nights in a chain of high-end hotels, with the second-placed prize being five flat-screen TVs. However, it’s […]


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Back to the Future

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

For a long time, when dealing with depression, psychotherapy has worked with the past and psychology has worked with the present to manage symptoms. More recently some therapies have begun to look into the future for a solution.


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Treatment of Drug Addiction: When is it successful?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

When can we say that treatment of drug addiction has been successful? The problem of deciding what constitutes success, or even improvement has generated heated debate between therapists, most notably in the past between 12-steps, psychoanalytic and behavioural enthusiasts. It has also divided policy makers. Those who favour prevention and environmental control are sceptical of […]


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Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Who will drink less when minimum pricing for alcohol is introduced? The spectre of young people bingeing on cheap supermarket booze before setting out on evening revels in pubs and clubs has been a significant factor that has encouraged our legislators to introduce a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in this country. Will […]


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