“You can’t do it” – How to tell when your inner critic is lying through its teeth

[4 minute psychology] “Thanks Rebecca, now I feel like less of a Ph.D. fuck up”. The ex-doctoral student was responding to my congratulations on his job promotion. He hadn’t completed his Ph.D. I wish everyone had a Ph.D. Then everyone … Continued

[1 minute psychology] ‘Failures’ are the stepping stones to success

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again – Nelson Mandela Thanks Nelson, I need frequent reminding that ‘failures’ are often the stepping stones to success – … Continued

[1 minute psychology] There’s no such thing as laziness

There is no such thing as laziness. People hate this, but it’s true. There is no legitimate psychological construct known as laziness. If laziness was a recognized psychological construct, it would lie between “lay psychology”, and “lazy eye” in my … Continued

Procrastination is a phobia – and can be cured like one

[3 minute psychology] The ten minute timer trick (described here) for beating procrastination may appear simple, and it is, but there’s some intriguing – and very useful – psychology behind it. First, a definition of phobia: phobia n. a persistent and irrational … Continued