“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

Warning – Cath Vincent’s advice may lead to the fulfillment of impossible dreams

(2 minute read) A former p-lab. Champagne. A musician’s dream. A vivacious entrepreneur living her fun-filled present. Last night was quite a night. Electrifying speaker Cath Vincent and musician husband Jesse Wilde hybridized their dreams to carve a creative music-T.V.-recording-business … 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

How to get the mind-focusing effects of Ritalin – without taking the drug

I’ve done okay at university. I’ve written two theses – a Master’s and a Ph.D. I received First Class Honors for my Master’s thesis and $6,000 for submitting a quality, timely  Ph.D. thesis. The back story isn’t so pretty.  I battled with … Continued

A love letter to Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic”

It is fitting that I located a book on magic in a magical bookshop. Unity Books, the bookshop situated in quirky colorful High Street, Auckland – is the best book shop in my world. It’s the magical book shop you see in films. … Continued

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