14/5/2014Have you been following the trail of Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, who fired four shots through a locked bathroom door and killed his girlfriend, 29 year old lawyer and model, Reeva Steenkamp? If you have, you are probably aware that a psychiatrist for the defence, Dr. Vorster, has stated that Oscar has had an “anxiety disorder” since childhood because his mother was a very anxious individual who was so afraid of intruders she slept with a gun under her pillow and his father was a mostly absent figure. According to BBC News Africa 12...
I am delighted to have been invited to discuss social anxiety on air at ABC Radio National next Tuesday morning with presenter Phil Kafcaloudes and Terry Laidler (forensic psychologist and working at The Global & Cultural Mental Health Unit, University of Melbourne). The segment on social anxiety starts at 9.30am so I will have to get up early and brave peak hour traffic to get to the Southbank, Melbourne studio on time for the interview. I am told we are going to discuss: what is social anxiety, the symptoms, the impact the condition has on peoples' lives and how anxiety is treated....Read more
I just stumbled across a great article about overcoming your fear of public speaking by famous American atheist, author, philosopher & neuroscientist, Sam Harris. Sam starts his article on public speaking anxiety by reporting that American President Thomas Jefferson was said to be scared of addressing Congress. John Adams said of Jefferson “During the whole time I sat with him in Congress, I never heard him utter three sentences together”. Despite his refusal to speak in public, Jefferson still managed to become president of the United States but as Sam points out, today no one could ...Read more
07/05/2014 Driving a car is probably the most risky thing many of us do. A recent survey by Allianz Insurance, reported in The Herald Sun on February 28th 2014, has discovered that 79% of the 1000 drivers they surveyed had worries about driving. 17% of motorists surveyed reported that they decide not to make a certain trip due to their fear of driving a car. This is not surprising to me as I know many people who will not drive in city traffic or on freeways for fear of having a...Read more