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The Psychology of Drag

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The Psychology of Drag I’m always fascinated with the reaction I get when I speak with gay men and ask them, ‘have you done drag before?’ The reactions that I receive range from telling me with excitement about a crazy night out through to horror, disgust and outrage that I would even think they could consider doing such a thing. Within the LGBTQIA community, there seems to be an extremely mixed view on the ‘art of drag’, yet it is one of the few art forms which seem to remain exclusively in our community and our history; after all, had it not been for the drag queens, the Stonewall riots would never have happened! Throughout my life, I’ve had an occasional opportunity to experience drag and have always found it to be an interesting and intriguing experience. When putting on the drag, it feels as though a new individual is coming through. Who I am moves into the background and some new comes forward. This someone is often more assertive, direct, confident, and capable of doing things that normal old Lawrence just couldn’t have done. It is a night of different opportunities and different conversations… and extremely sore feet! I…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 26/03/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 26/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as digital addiction, calming your nerves before a big meeting, pain management, making people feel good hypnotically, and a little bit of entertainment with some of Derren Brown’s most memorable hypnosis moments. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Digital Addiction: How Half the Developed World Got Hooked on the Internet | Adam Alter by Big Think It’s not your screen you’re addicted to — it’s just the conduit for your high. NYU professor Adam Alter explains that behavioral addiction is similar to substance addiction: it feels good in the short term, but over time can negatively impact your mental state, social life, financial stability, and physiological wellbeing. There’s been a steep takeoff of digital addiction in recent years, with approximately half the developed world now exhibiting addictive tendencies when it comes to the internet. It comes down to…

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ABC2 Addiction Week On This Week

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ABC2 Addiction Week On This Week For those interested, ABC2 has a full week of programming based around Addiction this week (Sunday 26th – Friday 31st March). TV Tonight has a great write up about the shows that are on this week or you could just tune in and watch shows such as Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery, Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction, Ben, Diary of a Heroin Addict, Louis Theroux: Gambling In Las Vegas, Ice Wars, Confessions of a Sex Addict, The 12-Year-Old Shopaholic, and a special Hack Live: Sex Addicts. Hack Live: Sex Addicts is a live special that will premier on Tuesday 28th March at 9:30pm. The show explores the question, “Is sex addiction a myth or a real issue that is ruining people’s lives?” The medical community is divided. Some call it obsession – others call it a genuine addiction. Our next Hack Live is going deep into what it really means to be a sex addict. Are you or your partner obsessed with sex? Has sex hijacked your life? Is your libido interfering with your work, damaging your relationships, or even putting you in danger? Just how far will people go to satisfy their…

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10 Reasons Some Of Us Should Cut Back On Alcohol

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Ten reasons some of us should cut back on alcohol Steve Allsop, Curtin University and Tina Lam, Curtin University At this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax. But it can also be a time when we experience adverse consequences of our own or someone else’s drinking. Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands. Some of us seriously underestimate how much we drink, so perhaps the first step to deciding if we need to cut back is to consider how many standard drinks are in that glass of wine, beer or spirit. A miscalculation increases the risk of drinking outside the low risk guidelines. Pouring your own drinks, topping up a glass before it’s finished, or not paying attention to your consumption influences whether you drink more than intended. Here are some reasons why you might think about cutting down on drinking. 1. Improving your health Reducing alcohol means you might find it easier to manage your weight. Some drinks have as many calories as high fat foods. In one…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the infamous rewind technique for phobias with a Dan Jones twist, a Trolls Mindfulness exercise for kids, looking at Persuasion, overcoming challenges for public speaking, hypnosis and PTSD, self-sabotage and PTSD, and lastly, a look at how mental health, sexual health, HIV, and Drugs are all tied together with gay men. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Overcome a Fear of Needles: Phobia Treatment: Rewind Technique By Dan Jones Hypnosis In this video I guide you through the rewind technique to help you overcome a fear of needles. The process is interactive and quite fast, so you may need to listen a few times to get used to the process and to following the process, and to deciding on what memories to use to de-traumatise. It is usually best to use the first memory (often the cause),…

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes!

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes! So, let’s be honest… hitting 10 episodes of a fortnightly podcast isn’t really that big of a deal however it felt like it was time to begin speaking a little bit more about this podcast that I’ve been investing some time and energy into. OUTthink is a podcast aiming to shine a light into some of the mental health and psychological issues that impact on the LGBT community. In my previous posting ‘Why I Created OUTthink‘, I outlined that LGBT folk have a unique relationship with shame during our childhood development. As kids, we knew we were different. We weren’t sure exactly in what way. We definitely couldn’t put a label on it, yet we could feel it and we knew the other kids knew too. As a result, we often allow the toxic effects of shame take impact; creation of the false self, rage, people pleasing, addiction – all common ways to deal with this feeling underneath that we were inescapably flawed and unlovable. As we find out place in ‘the community’, we begin to move more towards dismantling these shame messages and becoming more authentic. OUTthink really aims to both bring topics that…

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs I’ll be honest; I approached this interview with a certain amount of anxiety. Here I was, about to sit down with one of Australia’s most well-known LGBT interviewers, who’s body of work covers all aspects of the Australian (and international) LGBT world. Our topic; Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs – four topics that are so interconnected yet rarely approached in that way. In this chat, we discovered why it is so rarely attempted. We touch on several points around each of the topics before, hopefully, bringing them all together around the concept of individual identity towards the end. It’s a 30-minute journey worth having a listen to! About Dean Beck Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador. Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On…

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Feeling Anxious About That First Date? Here’s How Science Can Help.

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Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help Olivia Remes, University of Cambridge Does anxiety keep getting in the way of you making connections with the people you’d like to spend more time with? Maybe you’ve just met someone, but are worried that your anxiety will ruin it all. People with anxiety can be highly self-critical, tend to overestimate the likelihood that something negative will happen, and often feel that others are judging them. Sometimes, just thinking about a social situation can induce panic attacks, which are sudden spikes of intense anxiety that peak within a few minutes and feel like you’re about to have a heart attack, lose control, or go mad. During social situations, people with anxiety might feel short of breath and experience dizziness, sweating, blushing, stuttering, and an upset stomach Many people are affected by anxiety. In fact, one in 14 people around the world will have an anxiety disorder at any given time, with women and young people being most affected. But it is possible to overcome anxiety and date successfully. Here are some top scientific tips. Don’t focus on the worst People with anxiety tend to worry about what might go…

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Social Media Is Not To Blame For Depression In Young People

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Social media is not to blame for depression in young people Niall McCrae, King’s College London For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ use of social media and depression. After its launch in 2004, the social networking website Facebook rapidly expanded to global coverage. Since the advent of smartphones, instant messaging sites such as WhatsApp have become the most popular means of communication for younger people, who spend much of their lives fixated on digital devices, oblivious to everything around them. Some experts believe that this immersion in cyberspace has negative psychological and social effects, and news reports and opinion pieces in newspapers often portray the internet as a danger to the young. We examined research measuring social media use and depression in young people up to 18 years of age. Eleven studies, with a total of 12,646 participants, were included. Overall, we found a small but statistically significant relationship between online social interaction and depressed mood. A weakness of the reviewed studies…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 12/03/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 12/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as hacking hypnosis, genuine hypnosis, creating hypnosis CD sets, Quantum EFT, a change process approach in counselling, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and lastly, a look at mindfulness and sexuality. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. How To Hack Hypnosis By NLPTimes Hypnotic Language Patterns, Trance, Hypnosis – words that are treated with revery for their awesome “magical” powers… but what if their powers weren’t what you thought? What if Trance wasn’t necessary for change? Master Hypnotist Michael Breen reveals eye-opening insights that every student of hypnosis and hypnotic communication will want to know. You’ll discover why there is no special words that are just words for hypnosis… WSH102- Ken Guzzo on Genuine Hypnosis By Work Smart Hypnosis Ken Guzzo is one of the most successful hypnotist today, able to earn thousands of dollars just by showing up…

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