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Louise Hay

Thoughts are powerful; they create your reality. Control your thoughts and you create your reality. A positive mindset begets positive end results. These popular tenets are espoused by the likes of Louise Hay, Napoleon Hill, Anthony Robbins and countless other self-help gurus.

The problem is, they don’t actually work. Consider the last time you really wanted something to happen. It could be a dream job, an ideal relationship or even a parking space in the city.

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There is one secret to abundant business prosperity that only a handful of successful companies throughout the world seem to know. It is this: Human beings are hard-wired to be social, interconnected beings. Enduring success in business depends entirely on working with the flow of human life rather than against it.

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   On January 1 this year in Australia, new anti-bullying legislation was introduced whereby workers can now apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for an order to stop the bullying.  Once an application has been received, the FWC has 14 days in which to respond with an investigation of the complaint.  Legislators expected an overwhelming demand given that bullying affects over thirty percent (three million plus) of Australian workers and costs the economy between six and 36 billion dollars per annum.

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Woman Tug of War

Holidays from work can elicit relief and dread in equal measure when you know you’ll be going back to a co-worker with a personality disorder who seems to take the air right out of the room and drains you dry – in other words an “energy vampire.”

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Corporate Services

Mobbing is “bullying on steroids”, a horrifying new trend whereby a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror against a hapless target.  It usually starts out with a bully targeting a victim and enlisting the help of others to collude with him in the bullying.  Targets are usually anyone who is “different” from the organizational norm.  Usually victims are competent, educated, resilient, outspoken, challenge the status quo, are more empathic or attractive and tend to be women, aged 32 to 55.  Targets can also be racially different or part of a minority group.

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You probably regularly come across people who need professional help.  They may be in the midst of a crisis, an important relationship isn’t working, they are emotionally unstable or their behaviour is erratic.  When drugs or alcohol are involved, especially around children, then it’s critical to take action.

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It’s official: in Australia, doctors are depressed.  The results of a survey published by Beyond Blue in October 2013 showed that the rates of depression in over 14,000 doctors and medical students are over four times higher than in that of the general population and one in ten had suicidal thoughts in the last 12 months.  Almost 6% of doctors under age 30 experienced very high psychological distress, which was twice the rate of the general population. 

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As a therapist, a common question I get asked is: “when is the best time to get help?”  It may not have even occurred to you to get some professional advice, even if you’ve Googled your problem.  It’s common to believe that you should be able to fix it yourself and that seeking help is a sign of weakness.

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Angry

He’s raging again.  Getting right in your face, making wild accusations, attacking, criticising and blaming everyone else except himself.  Every time he loses it, and it happens a lot, it feels interminable, like being trapped in an endless cycle of being someone else’s punching bag.  It’s exhausting, upsetting, infuriating and you don’t know how much you can take or what to do, you just want it to stop.

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Have you ever had the experience of having the life sucked out of you when being around a particular person for any length of time?  I’m talking about feeling exhausted, bored, irritated, stressed, anxious, threatened, overwhelmed or depressed after just a few moments in that person’s company.  If so, there may have been times where you feel guilty for your reactions or for having negative thoughts about that person – which makes you feel even worse.  You may even attribute your low mood to: “there’s something “wrong” with me” – like feeling a headache coming on or stressing over a work deadline.  Either way, it’s not clear to you why you feel so out of sorts.

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What is good mental health?  It is the ability to be fully in reality as it is, without requiring it to be anything other than it is right now.  Having this ability ensures that you respond appropriately to situations, with the right kind of emotion and at the right level of intensity.  Over time, being fully present to reality as it is now generates a stable sense of self that is non-reactive, doesn’t take things personally and greets each day with a calm, clear, light and joyful eagerness.

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Some of you may have heard me talk on 6PR this Sunday about how to cope with disappointment, in light of the bitter blow Dockers fans were dealt when their team didn't win the grand final.  I suggested that as with this disappointment and perhaps even more serious ones, there are 5 steps to follow:

1.  Manage emotion
2.  Don't take it personally
3.  Review expectations 
4.  Take a bigger picture perspective 
5.  Try again - or try another tac
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