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Good Will Hunting: "Don't infect him with the idea that it's okay to be failure, because it's not." How Good Will Hunting explores success, fear of failure and life satisfaction.

This post is part of the Psychology in TV and Movies series of posts. I’ll be writing about the films and shows which capture interesting ideas and theories from the world of psychology. Today I look at success, fear of failure, and life satisfaction in Good Will Hunting. While Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are arguably the most well known elements of the movie for their writing and acting, I'm more interested today in the rivalry between Mathematics Professor Gerry Lambeau (played by Stellan Skarsgård) and counsellor Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams).

Determining whether your standards are overly perfectionistic

Does your perfectionism help you or hurt you? Does it fuel struggle with anxiety and depression or does it increase life satisfaction? I've included a brief batch of self reflection questions that may assist people in working out whether they may benefit from sessions cognitive behaviour therapy targeting perfectionism. These questions are adapted from Egan, Wade, Shafran and Antony's text on perfectionism treatment (2014).

What you can do to help yourself before your first appointment with a Psychologist

Seeing a psychologist for the first time can feel daunting. Here are some valuable things to keep in mind to help your prepare for the first appointment with a counsellor or psychologist.

Mad Men: "That's what the money's for!" How Mad Men captures workplace stress and emotion deprivation

This post is part of the Psychology in TV and Movies series of posts. I’ll be writing about the films and shows which capture interesting ideas and theories from the world of psychology. Today I look at workplace stress in Mad Men's 'The Suitcase'.

3 differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist

One of the most common questions I am asked in my role as a psychologist is how my job differs to that of a psychiatrist. This post highlights the top 3 differences between psychologists and psychiatrists working in Australia.

The Office and its Portrayal of Status Anxiety, Insecurity and Fragile Narcissism: Psychology in TV and the Movies

This post is part of the Psychology in TV and Movies series of posts. I’ll be writing about the films and shows which capture interesting ideas and theories from the world of psychology.

The Simpsons, Frank Grimes, the Just-World-Hypothesis and Obsessive Personality: Psychology in TV and Movies

This post is part of a series of posts that I’m calling Psychology in TV and Movies. I’ll be writing about the films and shows which capture interesting ideas and theories from the world of psychology.