Taking flight from fear

Within the last year or two I seem to have developed a fear of flying. I still travel by plane, of course, because there are places I want to see and places I need to go. But flying makes me feel considerably more anxious than it ever used to.
Being a therapist, I’ve naturally done a huge amount of navel-gazing and self-reflection as to what this fear is about and why it has developed.

OPD (Obsessive Productivity Disorder)

Did you know that NZ has a Productivity Commission? I didn’t, until I Googled ‘productivity’ in order to write this blog. According to the website, “The Government has asked the Commission to investigate how to make overall improvements in the design and operation of regulatory regimes in New Zealand.”

Productivity is defined by Statistics New Zealand as “a measure of how efficiently production inputs are being used within the economy to produce output.” It goes on to say that a key determinant of a nation’s standard of living is an improvement in productivity.

But have we gone too far with productivity? Has it become an obsession? Do we conflate the meaning of productivity with stress, busyness and over-achievement?

An (un)healthy obsession

June is ‘obsessions’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to tell us all about their secret (or not so secret!) obsession. Whether they’re healthy or a causing a problem, common or something entirely unique, we want to know what you’re obsessed with (or what you think of the obsessions you see around you). As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts on change in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

The power of labels — is it time to move on?

A while ago I posted a meme, which said, “Better to have lost in love than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.”

I liked it of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it. Eleven others did too, some commenting on Facebook, “Amen to that,” and “Definitely!!”

Then this: “Hate it. It’s beat up on people with mental illness time again. Ever had the amazing person you love tell you that they just can’t deal with your mental illness anymore? Our society is totally phobic about people with mental illness having intimate relationships.”

Millennials – the lazy generation or victims of circumstance?

There’s an interesting trend that’s been going on for a while now in the media, in regards to the language that’s used to describe a group of people called millennials.

When I went looking for who exactly counts as a millennial I found that there are no precise dates that define them. Wikipedia says, “researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years…generally the children of baby boomers.”

So, youngish people who range from their late teens to their mid 30s. I guess that makes me one (being a child of the mid-80s myself).

Freedom, security and the space in between

Nearly 20 years ago, when I was 30 (he says, suddenly realising his age), I read millionnaire and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” guru Robert Kiyosaki’s second book, The Cashflow Quadrant. It changed my life in many ways, including increasing what Kiyosaki terms my Financial IQ. But most of all it began me thinking about the spectrum of freedom and security.

The introversion extroversion redux

April has been nominated as ‘space’ month on DPSN.  We’ve asked our bloggers to let us know what they think of in relation to the concept of ‘space’ – whether it’s the literal, physical space around them, mental space, emotional space, space in relationships or the space out there in the universe!  As always, we’re…