Tag Archives: psychology

When ‘Fitting In’ Beats Facts

When faced with an uncertain situation, an unsure person often looks to other people for guidance on how they should behave, or what they should believe. In this sense, uncertainty is the rocket fuel that activates and feeds the engine of social proof.

Supermarket Queues: Is This Really Panic-Buying?

If we take a moment to think through the drivers of behaviour like this, then we can see that yes, anxiety might be one reason why people go to the shops, but it’s one of many. And also, that this anxiety might be fuelled in several different ways.

Behaviour: Still the best (and only) tool we have to manage COVID19

When thinking about another outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand spread through community transmission of the coronavirus, it’s more a question of when rather than if. And at this point, we would do well to remember that aside from better technologies to detect the virus, the only tools we have are all based on behaviour.

The Psychological Impacts of Quarantine – What They Are and How to Help

The spread and impact of the novel coronavirus has seen the implementation of various forms of managed isolation and / or quarantine arrangements (MIQ) around the world. This blogpost is all about the different psychological impacts that being in quarantine can have on people, what the causes might be, and what we can do to help minimise those impacts.

Existential Anxiety in Coronavirus Times

Perhaps, somewhat ironically, anxiety isn’t something that we aim to perhaps eliminate, like we have done here in New Zealand with the coronavirus, but it might be something we need to learn to live with instead.

Anger, Disappointment, Uncertainty and Anxiety: When We Feel Let Down and How to Fix It

When we find out about unexpected events that break our expectations – what we thought was supposed to be happening to protect us and keep us secure actually looks like it wasn’t actually happening at all, well it can bring up all kinds of difficult emotions. And worries too. This article is about those emotions and worries, what’s happening that’s perhaps making you feel like this, and what you can do.

Webinar: 6 May 12pm NZT

I’m doing a webinar next Wednesday 6th May at 12pm NZT. I’ll outline the main points from the Framework for Psychosocial Support published by the Ministry of Health in 2016, and how this translates to a new New Zealand Government Psychosocial Response Framework for COVID-19 – drawing upon what I’ve learned from the past 14 years working in Disaster Mental Health and Emergency Management and my experiences as a psychologist and policy maker.