UTSpeaks: Staying Sane
Dr. Antony Kidman AM – 29th March 2012
STAYING SANE
Dr Antony Kidman AM
Health Psychology Unit, UTS
UTS SPEAKS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Homo
sapiens
200,000 +
years ago
Language,
tool making
Hunter - Gatherer Societies
∨
Herder - Cultivator...
 Work Patterns
 Media
IT REVOLUTION
STRESS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGE
STRESSOR
APPRAISAL
ENDOCRINE
CHANGES
AUTONOMIC
NERVOUS
SYSTEM
IMMUNE SYSTEM
CHANGES
Unplea...
DROWNING IN INFORMATION BUT
STARVED FOR KNOWLEDGE
• Information overload
• The brain: information processing
• On call/pri...
HOW TO MANAGE TECHNOSTRESS
AND INFORMATION OVERLOAD
• Be ruthless and cull unnecessary
reading material
• Limit your inter...
TECHNOLOGY AND FAMILY LIFE
• Techno-cocoons
• Balance: connection and
independence
• Set limits on the use of
technology
•...
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY MODEL
A.
ENVIRONMENT
A series of positive,
neutral and
negative events.
B. THOUGHTS
You interp...
THINKING ABOUT YOUR THINKING
Erroneous thinking
• Catastrophising
• All or nothing thinking
• Mind reading
• Irrational b...
SELF-TALK EXAMPLE
SITUATION NEGATIVE/
IRRATIONAL
THOUGHTS
ERRONEOUS
THINKING/
EMOTION
DISPUTING
RATIONAL
RESPONSE
Saw suic...
BEHAVIOUR THERAPY
•Scheduling pleasant
events
•Planning /record keeping
•Relaxation techniques
•Shame attacking
behaviour
...
EMOTIONAL HEALTH GUIDE LINES
• Self-direction/Flexibility
• High frustration tolerance
• Acceptance of uncertainty
• Absor...
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How do we achieve emotional health despite stress and alienation in today's challenging world?

Dr Antony Kidman AM-- 29 March 2012

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UTSpeaks is an annual free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

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  1. 1. UTSpeaks: Staying Sane Dr. Antony Kidman AM – 29th March 2012
  2. 2. STAYING SANE Dr Antony Kidman AM Health Psychology Unit, UTS UTS SPEAKS
  3. 3. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Homo sapiens 200,000 + years ago Language, tool making Hunter - Gatherer Societies ∨ Herder - Cultivator Societies ∨ Agrarian Civilisations ∨ Industrial - Scientific Revolution ∨ IT Revolution C.E.
  4. 4.  Work Patterns  Media IT REVOLUTION
  5. 5. STRESS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGE STRESSOR APPRAISAL ENDOCRINE CHANGES AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM IMMUNE SYSTEM CHANGES Unpleasant symptoms •Numbness or tingling •Shaky •Fear of losing control •Abdominal discomfort •Heart racing •Perspiring
  6. 6. DROWNING IN INFORMATION BUT STARVED FOR KNOWLEDGE • Information overload • The brain: information processing • On call/privacy • Computermania • Planned obsolescence • The digital divide
  7. 7. HOW TO MANAGE TECHNOSTRESS AND INFORMATION OVERLOAD • Be ruthless and cull unnecessary reading material • Limit your internet time and email time • Delete unwanted emails rapidly • Choose the right equipment /seek advice
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY AND FAMILY LIFE • Techno-cocoons • Balance: connection and independence • Set limits on the use of technology • Computer locations • Unsuitable material for children
  9. 9. COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY MODEL A. ENVIRONMENT A series of positive, neutral and negative events. B. THOUGHTS You interpret the events with a series of thoughts that continually flow through your mind. This is called ‘self-talk’. C. MOOD Your feelings are created by your thoughts. All experiences must be processed through your brain and given a conscious meaning before you experience emotional response.
  10. 10. THINKING ABOUT YOUR THINKING Erroneous thinking • Catastrophising • All or nothing thinking • Mind reading • Irrational beliefs • Secondary disturbance Correcting erroneous thinking •Self-talk •Mindfulness •Change “Shoulds” or “Musts” to strong preferences
  11. 11. SELF-TALK EXAMPLE SITUATION NEGATIVE/ IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS ERRONEOUS THINKING/ EMOTION DISPUTING RATIONAL RESPONSE Saw suicide bomb devastation on TV. The world is headed for disaster and we will all be destroyed. ‘All or nothing’ thinking ↓ Anger and depression People die in terrorist bombings but still most of us are at virtually no risk in developed countries. I will do what I can to avoid it. Woke up thinking I will be depressed forever. I’ll never get better and the future is hopeless. Catastrophising ↓ Depression I have become better in the past and will again. I will prepare a TO DO TODAY list and call up several friends.
  12. 12. BEHAVIOUR THERAPY •Scheduling pleasant events •Planning /record keeping •Relaxation techniques •Shame attacking behaviour • Re-enforcement •Assertion •Humour •In vivo exposure (public speaking) •Physical activity •Taking breaks
  13. 13. EMOTIONAL HEALTH GUIDE LINES • Self-direction/Flexibility • High frustration tolerance • Acceptance of uncertainty • Absorbing activities/pleasant events • Enlightened self-interest/social interest • Risk-taking • Responsibility • Opinion of others • Unconditional acceptance
  14. 14. UTSpeaks: Staying Sane Dr. Antony Kidman AM – 29th March 2012

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