Xmas without mum

Recently my mother died unexpectedly. I can’t stand the thought of Christmas here without her so I was going to go overseas. Is this a good idea? You are hesitant and unsure. After a sudden loss such as this, it is natural to be undecided. Losing someone unexpectedly...

Smoking is killing him

My husband has been told he’ll die soon if he doesn’t give up smoking. He has tried but he doesn’t really want to give up. I can’t stop myself using emotional blackmail and checking up on him. Now he sees me as the enemy rather than cigarettes. You are perfectly...

How do we stop arguing about money?

My husband and I argue about money. He hates being in debt and wants to pay off our mortgage. He says I am a spendthrift because I refuse to budget and I believe I will always have enough. How do I get him to see that his negative attitude will create the poverty he...

ABC Radio Brisbane Interview

Trevor Jackson and I played pool on the Evenings show on 15/11/17 on 612 ABC Radio Brisbane and I said way more about my own life than I normally would. Interviewers have that knack! I was asked to be on the show for National Psychology Week (November 12-18, 2017)....

How to manage a teen when parents disagree

My wife and I argue about how to manage our 13 year-old daughter. My wife is very liberal while I insist on reasonable limits. My wife doesn’t seem to appreciate that it’s a dangerous world out there. She gets angry and accuses me of being like her father who was very...

Friend’s Hopeless New Relationship

A good friend with a poor track history in relationships has just taken up with a new partner and everyone who knows her considers this to be a disaster in the making. It’s common wisdom that one should never interfere in such matters, but surely an intervention now...

Nasty colleague

I have worked within a number of organizations and I have worked with many different people. Why is it that there is always one person in the workplace, often a woman, who is nasty – the sort who will make a sarcastic remark or undermine people behind their backs? How...

Overweight and addicted to sugar

I am over weight and addicted to sugar. I am on a low carbohydrate diet that works as long as I stay on it. But as soon as I get down, I crave sugar and usually give in. How do I get the will power to stay healthy? Sugar is a temporary energy hit. The glucose molecule...

How do I manage an office romance?

I’ve started seeing a work colleague and the relationship appears to be getting quite serious. But we want to avoid the rumour mill and have decided to keep it secret. What is the best way to handle an office romance? There is nothing like an office romance to get...

How do I live with a nagging wife?

Who would have thought that being called a nagging wife could become a compliment? According to a study by Michigan University, husbands with nagging wives are likely to be healthier than those with wives that leave them alone. Apparently a man needs a good nag from...
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