What is it that makes a house a home? What are the things that make our home a sanctuary? Why can we sometimes not wait to be able to "just get home"? What is the psychology of home?
Brodie is a cricket playing, North Melbourne loving, Year 7 student and big brother to Hannah who's almost 9. He's just started learning to play the guitar, which he loves and has the most amazing smile! Brodie is also one of the kindest most gentle young men I know and he's shared some of his 13-year-old wisdom in this very special Conversation on the Couch.
Thursday afternoons are without a doubt my favourite time of the week because that's when I pick my nephews, Will (11) and Tommy (9) up from school and spend the afternoon with them - no parents allowed.
Paul Hogue is a tennis playing, yoga teaching, free spirit who is currently on a quest to find the perfect Portuguese tarts and meditation rooms in London, England. If he could do one thing from the past, just one more time, it'd be to have yum cha with his gorgeous Nan, Aud.
Perusing a small, jam-packed bookstore at Airey's Inlet recently, I stumbled across The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. The sub-heading reads "How to stop spending time you don't have doing things you don't want to do with people you don't like."
"So, I've got this idea for a new website...", I shared half a thought I'd been having about a way to motivate my way out of an almost-year-long writer's block.
"You're not reading my mind are you?"
"Are you analysing me now?"
"You won't put me in a straight jacket will you?"
"Do I have to tell you my deepest darkest secrets or my life story?"
Welcome to The Psychology of It, a website founded by clinical and health psychologist Dr Jodie Fleming in March, 2016.
An avid, curious and open observer of human behaviour, Jodie craved a way of combining her passion for all things psychological with her favourite pastime of writing. The result is an ongoing evolution. What began with a website now includes a 3000 strong Facebook Village, Instagram page, YouTube Channel, Spotify playlists, resource lists and stacks of user-friendly tools.
After spending much of her career normalising common human experiences to her clients, most of whom feel isolated in their experiences, Jodie decided to cast the net of her messages even further in order to connect people, human-to-human. In doing so, she hopes to increase a sense of connectedness between us, as opposed to focussing on the differences that our comparative brains seems so readily programmed to do.
The Psychology of It aims to de-stigmatise mental illness and promote better mental health care.
We have welcomed a number of guest writers in 2018 and aim to continue to bring you relevant, practical, interesting, compassionate and inspirational information. You're able to subscribe on the homepage to make sure you don't miss out on any of the featured articles.
"I'm excited to say that The Psychology of It is my muse - the place where I am able to bring all of the pieces together - where I can write for you about everyday life, demystifying the psychological science behind it and provide you with some handy tools to make your life the most meaningful life you can live."
From one human to another,
Dr Jodie Fleming
Clinical & Health Psychologist
BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip (Psych), DClin&HlthPsych, MAPS.