The City's bonus culture is the curse of the wealthy
20th November 2015
"We see clients that may have only had one or two hours' sleep a night", CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair tells The Telegraph, and adds: "CEOs will come in lost and confused, they have the house and the wealth, but they don't feel happy". Read more...
What is Mindfulness?
What is Mindfulness?
Coming soon to www.youtube.com/cpgmedia our latest video about Mindfulness, what it is and how it can benefit us.
Check out the trailer here... and all our previous Ask The Expert videos
Anxiety: the office fear factor
11th November 2015
"A company's fear of failure breeds the same fear among its employees creating a 'company sickness' and culture of anxiety," CPG's Clinical Director Dr. Sinclair explains to the Financial Times and adds "Ironically this backfires and impacts the bottom line".
Mindfulness talk at Age Concern UK
As part of CPG's mission to bring Psychology and Mindfulness to a wider audience, CPG's Clinical Executive, Dr. Daksha Hirani, will be delivering a Mindfulness talk and workshop to Age Concern UK on Tuesday 17th November 2015!
Are you a deputy parent? Why successful career women need a partner who's the boss at home
12th October 2015
'Handing over the day-to-day childcare responsibilities and chores to your partner may bring relief but it can come at an emotional cost. Feeling guilt, remorse and as if you are missing out, can be common. But do recognise that these feelings are understandable. The core values you hold as a parent may actually be aligned with going to work. You can still be caring and supportive at the same time as going to work.' CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair tells the Evening Standard Read more...
Set your alarm for 6am and forget business lunches: how to work your busy London schedule
14th September 2015
'Instead of being glued to your phone and multitasking, focus on one thing and try to have some human interaction. We work better when we don't have too many things to think about.', Dr Sinclair tells the Evening Standard. Read more...
3rd August 2015
Six reasons why you shouldn't be aiming for perfection
"Perfectionism is based on fear of failure," CPG's Clinical Director Dr Michael Sinclair tells the Evening Standard and explains how "Worries about rejection and shame contribute to wanting to be perfect. It is only by taking risks that we propel ourselves forward." Read more
Why have we become addicted to being busy?
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Sinclair, explains to The Debrief how 'In this modern world of incessant, 24 hour communication, many of us can feel a little insignificant, unable to keep up, and out of control. So being and appearing busy can give a boost to our sense of self-worth.'
Glastonbury 2015 is over... here's how to beat the post-festival blues
'Festivals can leave us feeling overstimulated as well as exhausted", Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director tells the Evening Standard and explains how "Mindfulness practice, paying purposeful attention to the here and now, helps refocus attention back to the working week ahead, and increases energy levels.'
Dr Sinclair adds: 'Should any thoughts about the weekend's excitements, how you may be feeling rubbish or anything else pop into your mind, notice these thoughts and return your attention to your breath.
Repeat anything from once to 100 times a day, on your commute to work, at the office or anywhere you may be - it only takes a few minutes.
Let uncomfortable sensations come and go, don't struggle with them, breathe slow and deep and remind yourself that any unpleasant feelings will pass.'
Illicit pills for the hyper-competitive
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Sinclair gives his views to the Financial Times and explains how possibly people are using drugs to "eliminate the worst aspects of themselves'. As the FT points out: those who come through his door tend to be perfectionists 'who fear failure'. Are people not allowing themselves to feel tired or down? 'Actually, it's OK to feel low'
Night night, sleep tight
'It's a bit of a myth that we need six to eight hours sleep a night,' CPG's Clinical Director, Dr Michael Sinclair confirms to BL Global (Business Life) and explains that 'Anything between four and 11 hours is effective - it's different for everyone.'
Time for a tweetox: why you should give up Twitter like Jaden Smith 'Our brains evolved to problem-solve and do things, which is why we respond to Twitter,' says Dr Michael Sinclair, author of 'Mindfulness for Busy People' and Clinical Director at CPG. 'But constantly doing things increases our sense of distractability, which affects our productivity and wellbeing. We need to live in the moment.' Read more
Why wellness at work may not be healthy
'There is a move towards positive wellness - prevention rather than cure. We're inundated with enquiries,' Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director explains to Management Today and adds: 'There is a bottom line for companies - they want their employees to be well and happy, but they also want to reduce costs and make more money. But there are advantages all round if it is done properly.' Read the full article here
Under pressure: burning out on the Square Mile
8th March 2015
An extract from an interesting article on the Evening Standard with Dr Sinclair's contribution on Perfectionism that "drives 99.9 per cent of clients we're talking about. It's a quality that can be very desirable for an employer, but it can be exhausting and we ultimately burn out.'
Oh Do Behave! How to Behave Your Way to the Life You Want With Acceptance and Committed Action
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Tame the 'monkey' worries in your brain or harness them?
For those of us lacking self-discipline, our worrying minds are a big barrier to getting stuff done. The 'monkey mind' is what Dr. Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director of City Psychology Group, calls it and explains: 'A Buddhist term, it conjures up an image of a monkey frantically rushing through the trees and getting up to mischief' Check out the article here
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?
"We're pumped full of adrenalin and cortisol during a horror film," CPG's Clinical Director Dr Michael Sinclair tells The Independent, and adds: "Our 'fight or flight' impulse kicks in, our amygdala becomes very active and our heart races. Afterwards, we can feel a genuine sense of accomplishment." Read more!
Delegate your anxiety: why the best way to ditch your stress is to pass it on to someone else
"Part of working life is accepting that you can't do everything perfectly and let things be. You need to make room for uncomfortable, anxious feelings. That can mean passing it on to someone who can dedicate their time, energy and resources to it; freeing you up to carry on with what is important for you to do." Dr Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director explains to the Evening Standard. Read more!
Sleepy head: why beditation is an ideal bedtime wind-down
'City types often find it difficult to sleep: they have all these pressures and thoughts in their head,' Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director admits to the Evening Standard and adds: 'So we encourage them to recognise that and bring their attention to the experiences of the bed. It's not about pushing away any thoughts but bringing the attention away and recognising them as just thoughts.' Read more!
Do YOU have a secret sex diary? Website which allows anonymous posts says racy entries are all the rage...especially by those who live in London
Dr Michael Sinclair explains to the Daily Mail that 'These results confirm that women focus on sex despite the socially constructed belief that they don't as much as men. It is perhaps the anonymity of this site that provides them with a safe place without judgement to do so. It is unsurprising that those living high-pressured lives will often link other seemingly unrelated aspects with their career and job challenges'. Read more!
Is the midlife crisis just an excuse?
'People can be too goal-focused. They have ticked off making money and career goals, and wonder what next?', Dr Sinclair explains to the Financial Times.
Check it out!
Up the sleep stakes: hard-grafting Londoners are going to bed later and getting up earlier
An extract from today's edition of the Evening Standard with Dr Michael Sinclair's views and comments:
'Sleep remains a low priority for many City executives who may resent going to sleep or staying asleep because they feel they are missing out and not getting things done. For some, sleep has become a nuisance, something that gets in the way of living their lives or climbing the career ladder.' Read more!
Time to move on, ladies? One-fifth of women stalk exes online using FAKE social media profiles - and one-fifth get in touch with old partners and later regret it
28th August 2014
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair explains to the Daily Mail that 'often, checking-in can be more a form of checking-up. This can be an attempt to validate our own self-worth and possibly quench any feelings of failure, rejection or loneliness - as we often secretly hope to see how unhappy and lonely others are by comparison. If this is the motivation, it often backfires and just makes us feel worse about ourselves' and adds: 'We usually scroll through social networks when we are bored or have nothing better to do, so it's wise to recognise that if coming across your ex enjoying their new life is leading to more rumination, worry or low feelings, cutting online ties might be the best option for moving on.' Read more!
Increasing Wellbeing in the City and Beyond: How to Stop Chasing Our Tails and Live a More Meaningful Life
2nd July 2014
An extract from Dr. Sinclair's blog for the Huffington Post:
"A career in the City is an attractive position for many with its generous pay packets and high adrenalin assignments but it's certainly not for everybody. It is a driven and highly competitive environment which often breeds a deep fear of failure and rejection and some pretty unhealthy habits as a consequence".
Dr Michael Sinclair's blog: 'Wise Up With Mindfulness: Developing Minds for the Modern World'
16th June 2014
An extract from today's blog:
"We have created an amazing modern world with astonishing technological advancements and the time has now come to also develop our minds so that we can enjoy all this, our own wonderful creation, rather than have it consume and exhaust us all."
How to stop putting things off
"It's a vicious cycle as the more we procrastinate the more we beat ourselves up and undermine our own confidence" as Dr Sinclair, author of Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning from Frantic and Frazzled into Calm and Composed and Clinical Director at CPG confirms to WeBMed the online health magazine by Boots. Read more here
Tech or sex: the hot obsession
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair talks to the Evening Standard and explains: 'There are so many new ways of communicating, yet that has zapped the humanity out of our relationships'. Read this interesting article about how excessive use of your phone can affect your relationships here
Did you go to the Prince gig? Eat at Gymkhana? See Punchdrunk? How we became Generation Show-off
21st February 2014
Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG, contributes to an interesting article in today's edition of the Evening Standard about social media and explains 'This tendency to be preoccupied with social media goes back to our ancestral past. It's almost prehistoric: the more 'liked' you are, the higher your chances of survival'. Check it out here
Can boxing be a good career move?
The Financial Times investigates the growing number of individuals in high-pressure jobs who are citing boxing as a route to physical and mental fitness. Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director gives his thoughts: 'The sport enhances skills, including endurance, strategic thinking and the planning of tactical moves, and it also helps
develop confidence in precise execution. It helps you stay one step ahead. And it teaches humility, discipline, focus, concentration and
respect for your opponent, which are also crucial for that winning state of mind'. Learn more!
Tales from an overworked City
Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director contributes to this interesting article for the Financial Times and explains how junior finance workers place themselves under enormous pressure to perform rather than simply being told to do so by their boss: 'They have an aspiration to do well and get caught up in a whirlwind. Banking is very attractive. It's high adrenalin and high pay. The younger ones will work endlessly to impress.' Read more!
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The never ending to-do lists: how they affect our busyness and our confidence
Recruiter.co.uk publish an extract from 'Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning Frantic and Frazzled into Calm and Composed' by Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel. Read more!
Yoga Magazine reviews 'Mindfulness For Busy People: Turning Frantic and Frazzled into Calm and Composed'
Yoga Magazine highly recommend CPG's new book by Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel: 'The 224-page handbook uses proven, scientifically sound techniques that can boost self-confidence and self control, reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity. Highly recommended.' Check what Yoga Magazine have to say about our new book!
The two points in your investment banking career when you're most likely to crash and burn
'People try and try to climb the career ladder, but when they make it to the senior ranks, it can be overwhelming,' Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director of CPG tells eFINANCIALCAREERS and adds: 'It's not just the day to day pressure of the job, but every new year - even if you perform in the prior period - you're back to zero. It's a constant source of anxiety.' Read more!
Don't overthink, just do it
'We need to recognise that the brain has evolved to problem-solve and endlessly analyse in order to protect us,' Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG explains to the Evening Standard and warns that 'that can be detrimental to productivity and achievement because it gets in the way. There's a futility to overthinking: it's a vicious cycle that impedes productivity'. Read more
The drop-dead gorgeous men who are afraid to look in the mirror
Look magazine investigates the increase number of men struggling with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in this interesting article out now. The roots lie in perfectionism as CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair explains: 'You obsess about an aspect of your body excessively and it provokes certain behaviours... In severe cases, sufferers can't even leave the house' Check it out here!
Why is there a mortality gap between physical and mental illness?
Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director talks to HealthSector and confirms: 'Health services need to understand how both our physical and mental health is often intrinsically linked'
You can read it here!
Can risk-free alcohol exist?
Dr Lisa Wilson, Clinical Executive at CPG talks to HealthSector and explains how it may be an 'attractive alternative' for those 'who are concerned with their health and want to continue to drinking with reduced health impacts.'
Sleep: Are you getting enough?
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair talks to Management Today and explains: 'Sleep arises naturally as a by-product of being relaxed and calm. It is an outcome; we should try to obsess about it less and just let it be.' Read more!
Ask The Expert: Rebuilding Trust in a Broken Relationship
The new episode of the Ask The Expert self-help series by CPGmedia is out now!
In this episode Elise Stephen, Clinical Associate at CPG will look at:
- How to trust our partner again
- How to help our partner trust us again?
- How can we work with our partner to rebuild trust
+ a Mindfulness exercise to do with Elise while watching!
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How to be happy as an investment banker
Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director explains to eFINANCIALCAREERS how at CPG 'We encourage people to reflect on their values, not on career success and earning lots of money. If they only had a week to live, how important would their job be to them? We then try to get them to take a committed action to support their well-being.'
UPDATE 1-Senior Barclays banker takes time off for stress
15th October 2013
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair talks to Reuters who confirms that: "What we are seeing is people working longer and harder even though they are unwell, even though they are stressed, to try and ensure they are not next to be marched out of the office."
The art of the Instaslam: how to slap down the hashtag haterz
'Social media such as Twitter and Instagram allow celebrities to get their own back on critics,' Dr Michael Sinclair confirms to the Evening Standard and adds: 'Celebrities can respond directly to those who have dented their public image and then reshape it how they would like it to be.' Read more
Wokaholics on the wagon
'There is a difference between people devoting themselves to their career and enjoying it [and] compulsive working in order to block out feelings,' Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG tells the Financial Times, and adds: 'It's all about excess. We all possess some of the workaholic traits. Work is important to our identity. It's important financially but also psychologically. It can be healthy - it gives us a role and a routine. It's excess that's the
problem.' Read more!
Are you a wifey, bish or boo? The new celebrity girl gangs
'Having a close friend can boost self-esteem: girls and women can feel safer and enjoy a greater sense of self-worth when facing up to the challenges of the world, particularly if this friendship is validating and empowering,' says Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director explains to the Evening Standard and adds: 'Girls can form very close and strong friendships in their teens and these bonds often continue into adulthood.' Read more!
Why traders need to get themselves to the gym, and the psychologist
Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director talks to eFINANCIALCAREERS and explains: 'Traders must keep on top form to keep their jobs, and this can be stressful, but of course stress is something that will eventually deteriorate their functioning and affect their performance. This is not aided by the pressure to hide signs of stress from their employer.' Read more!
Keeping it in the football family
With the football season underway again, Choice Magazine looks at the role soccer plays in the family. Elise Stephen, Clinical Associate at CPG confirms: Identifying with a particular team might help us to have long-term or temporary associations with others' Read more!
How falling asleep in front of the TV can make you depressed... so can giving up red meat or having too much sex - the unlikely triggers for unexplained bouts of the blues
The Daily Mail explores how bad habits and an unhealthy lifestyle can effect us. Dr Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director contributes to this interesting article Read more...
Are you a #mouthie or an #arsie?
Instagram is the craze of the moment and the new trend is celebrities posting cheeky pictures of their perfect bodies. Dr Michael Sinclair from CPG explains to the Evening Standard that 'It's attention-seeking and a way to stand out from the crowd of contemporaries. The more risqué the selfie, the more attention they will receive.' Read more!
Samantha Brick: 'How I survived my career collapse'
Check out Samantha Brick's article for the Daily Mail in which she talks about how she bounced back from rock bottom when her whole world was crumbling down around her when he TV company went under. Dr Michael Sinclair contributes to this piece and comments: Before we can flourish and be the person we want to be, we need to be bold and take a leap of faith. We need to allow our passions and value system to guide us to the right job.' Read more!
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Ready for your #healthie?
The selfie is sooo last season. The latest thing celebs on Instagram are sharing and shaming us with is shots of them honing their super-healthy physiques. The Evening Standards investigates further and asks CPG's Clinical Director who says: 'The validation we get from getting praised is short-lived. Once that boost is gone we want that feeling again, and the process actually becomes quite addictive.' Read more
Depression in banking is growing, but could still topple your career
CPG's Clinical Director Dr. Michael Sinclair explains to eFINANCIALCAREERS that 'People who come to see me are keen to keep their condition confidential. The fear of being labelled as having depression, or having it going on record, is something they feel, in a highly competitive environment, will affect their employment opportunities in the future.' Read the full article here!
Weathering the storm
Work, according to a recent survey carried out by the mental health charity Mind, is the most stressful factor in one's life and people take time off due to the pressure. The Canary Wharf magazine investigates further and interviews Dr. Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG, who confirms: "The feeling is that most workplaces have pressure, and if you cannot cope, it is a weakness. The legal and banking sectors are the most discriminatory, where there is a lot of stigma still attached to mental health issues". Read more!
Flashy no more: Bankers learn to live the frugal life
'In times of crisis and cost-cutting, there's a sudden realisation that big bonuses don't bring fulfilment, and financial sector workers are increasingly introspective about how to find happiness', Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG tells eFINANCIALCAREERS in this interesting article. Check it out here
Don't worry, be happier
Is 'Happier' (the new all-positive social network) the new trend?
The Evening Standard asks Dr. Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director, if a "cheery" sharing can makes us happy: "Research tells us: if we are able to list things we're grateful for, it can promote wellbeing,' Dr Sinclair confirms and adds: 'It has been scientifically proven that remembering positive memories can make us feel better.'. But there are also risks... Read the full article here!
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Dr Lisa Wilson, Clinical Manager, CPG, writes her views on the current debate around the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Her views have been recently published in the British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology Newsletter. Check it out here
The Chrissy B Show: Living in the fast lane
Dr Michael Sinclair is invited on the Chrissy B Show to talk and explore what is behind the urge of living in the fast lane! Dr Sinclair also provides insight on what mindfulness is and tips on living in the moment. Watch the video live here.
CPGmedia's new Ask The Expert self-help video: Psychological Trauma
What is psychological trauma?
What can be helpful after we experience trauma?
What can we do if a friend or a loved one has experienced trauma?
To find out more, Check out the full video with CPG's Clinical Executive, Dr. Lisa Wilson here
How to relax and do mindfulness with Dr Michael Sinclair
Barbara from the Chrissy B Show pays a visit to CPG Liverpool Street and talks to our Clinical Director, Dr Michael Sinclair about how to relax. Check out Dr Sinclair's tips on using mindfulness to distress and relax. Watch it here
Instabitionism... the new celebrity craze for scantily clad selfies
The new Instagram trend: posing without clothes or inhibitions.
The Evening Standards asks Dr. Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director who explains: 'This desire to reveal can be traced back to our evolutionary past. The more liked you are, the greater chance of survival you have and you have a better chance of getting attention if you're naked.' Read more
The Psychology of Social Media - Instagram
Dr Michael Sinclair is back on BBC Global with Jon Sopel ! This time he speaks about our need to document each and every aspect of our lives via social networking and why...
Are we simply socializing or are we dying to be liked by everyone? Are we showing who we really are or hiding the less glamourous parts of ourselves? Check it out! Very cool. Watch it here
Parental relationships and obesity in children
A new study carried out by researchers from Rice University and the University of Houston suggest that children that grow up with their parents that are still together are at a reduced risk of obesity. The BPS (Britith Psychological Society) asked Dr. Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG for comments on the study published in the Journal of Applied Research. Dr Sinclair explains that "These findings may reflect differing value-based actions between traditional two-parent married households and those where children are brought up in more modern alternatives. A stronger importance may be placed upon ensuring the regularity of traditional family meals within two-parent married households where parents are motivated by committed action based on values of cohesiveness and unity which may spread to meal times and foods. Read more
Help, I've got Insta-envy!
Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG talks to the Evening Standard about the Instagram madness, and explains: 'People present an idealised digital image of their life which makes others feel inadequate in comparison.' Read the full article here
10 Happy Holiday Secrets
Dr. Lisa Wilson, Clinical Manager at CPG contributes to Top Sante's feature '10 Happy Holiday Secrets'. Check out tip no. 10: Hold on to that holiday feeling.
Mindfulness To Go - Workshop
CPG's workshop run by the City's top psychologists - starts Tuesday 25th June 2013!
Watch our YouTube video on this workshop or download the Mindfulness To Go - Workshop brochure.
Mindfulness-To-Go is our workshop designed for you to learn or further develop and enhance mindfulness practice skills. It will also dramatically increase personal satisfaction and well-being, reduce stress and engage fully with their lives. Go to the Mindfulness To Go - Workshop page now!
Psychological Implications of Google Glass, BBC News
Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at City Psychology Group, interviewed by Jon Sopel on Global, BBC World News. Google Glass and the psychological implications. Advancements in technology and excessive use run the risk of us becoming psychologically overwhelmed and exhausted with endless streams of data in our line of eyesight. We lose touch with reality. Google Glass has implications for social interaction giving rise to relationship anxiety, paranoia, relationship discord and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Google Glass has benefits but we need to enjoy them and not overload ourselves and increase stress by excessive use. Watch the clip here
The seven mental disorders most prevalent in financial services
'When there are rounds of redundancies, there's always an influx of referrals or self-referrals from people in the banking sector", Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG tells eFINANCIALCAREERS and explains that "It happened in 2008, but the latest round of cuts have prompted record numbers into our surgery.' Read more here
It's always the 'others' who've gone mad
Check out our 'rough' translation of the article "Verrückt sind immer nur die anderen" for the german newspaper Taz with a contribution from Dr Lisa Wilson, CPG's Clinical Executive. Read the german version here
Nine ways to stay motivated in a job you hate
Tip number one: Switch off for a moment or two, as Dr. Michael Sinclair, CPG's Clinical Director explains to eFINANCIALCAREERS: "Your mind is racing between fear of redundancy, pressure to perform, a lack of appreciation and a constant need to be connected. Create space between the demands of your job and provide some relief. If you're always doing, how can you expect to regain your energy and enthusiasm.' Read all the tips here
7th May 2013
CPG's Clinical Executive live on Sky News commenting on the 10 year Ohio girls kidnapping - 1.30 pm today!
Time to switch off
Dr Lisa Wilson contributes to this interesting article for Prima Magazine and explains that even if 'We are social beings, always looking for ways to connect with people and chasing positive reinforcement... There is a danger that this constant need to text, email or update means squeezing more into the same amount of time, loading on the stress and pressure'. Your can read the full article here:
Doga: Taking your dog to a yoga session is not barking mad
29th April 2013
Dr Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG explans how it is not surprising Doga has taken off in the States as 'Modern times are stressful. People are losing their jobs and there is a great deal of trepidation. Dogs are reliable and trustworthy. They give us security and a greater sense of self-worth.' and whilst Dr Sinclair says dogs may not need yoga, he thinks people my benefit from Doga: 'Bonding with your pet by doing Doga could be good for your health. Research shows petting your dog can have the same effect on your mood as caring for a baby. Our brain releases the hormone oxytocin, which triggers feelings of happiness and relief from feelings of stress and depression. Check out the full article here!
MSN Jobseekers - The reality behind unemployment
CPG has teamed up with MSN for an 8 week special on unemployment. Check out the article Unemployment brings fear, pain and anger by Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG.
Unemployment: how not to let it get you down
MSN Jobseekers - The reality behind unemployment
CPG's top tips on how not to let unemployment get you down. Check them out here
Why are UK workers the most depressed in Europe?
Dr Lisa Wilson, CPG Clinical Executive talks to HealthSector and explains that "The UK's largest employer is the financial sector. London is one of the three global financial centres and has one of the largest city economies globally. The highest rates of depression can be found in the countries that place such high importance upon money and it signifying success, identity and status', particularly 'in times of recession and economic decline pressure. Read more!
Ask The Expert: 'Self-Compassion'
The new AskTheExpert video with Dr. Genevieve von Lob, Clinical Associate CPG on self-compassion, is now online! Watch it on YouTube!
Why are mental health professionals the only ones discriminating against those with mental health?
Dr. Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director CPG, gives his views to HealthSector.net. Read more!
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Ask The Expert - How to Become a Psychologist and the difference with a Psychiatrist
Dr. Rumina Taylor, CPG Clinical Associate answers your questions on how to become a psychologist, what the studies involve and the difference with a psychiatrist. Watch it on our YouTube channel
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Stop juggling, start single-tasking
25th March 2013
Dr Mike Sinclair tells the Evening Standard that 'a wonderful tool for helping people stay focused is the practice of Ask The Expert - How to Become a Psychologist and the difference with a Psychiatrist, in which you practice focusing on the activity at hand.' Jump to the Evening Standard to read more!
Do YOU lie on Facebook? New anonymous 'anti-social' networking site enables users to be COMPLETELY honest with the world
Dr Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director at City Psychology Group talks to the Daily Mail about social media and explains: 'The popularity of this new social media site (pencourage.com) is not surprising at all. We work very hard presenting ourselves to the world online, pretending and attempting to be happy all the time which is exhausting and ultimately unfulfilling. Omitting the less desirable imperfections of our lives from the conversations with our "friends" online leads to less opportunity to feel empathised with - resulting in a greater sense of disconnection from others.' More to read!
Why women constantly lie about life on Facebook
'We work very hard presenting ourselves to the world online, pretending and attempting to be happy all the time which is exhausting and ultimately unfulfilling,' Dr Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG explains to The Telegraph. Read more!
Why Admitting Failure Is a Sign of Strenght
13th March 2013
'If you never put a foot wrong you need to ask yourself: am I stepping outside my comfort zone enough?' Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at CPG explains to Emerald Street, and adds: 'By taking a risk - even if you get it wrong - you're showing you are flexible and creative, and that's something employers value highly.' Read more!
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Ask The Expert: SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder]
CPG Clinical Associate, Elise Stephen on SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder. Watch it now!
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Expat banker burnout in far flung locations
5 March 2013
Dr Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director of CPG talks to eFINANCIALCAREERS and advises that 'Bankers are moving to ever-more distant countries for career progression, money, status and upholding a particular lifestyle, but pursuing material objects doesn't promote well-being and the pressure to maintain this increases anxiety... You have the house, the big bonus, but what next? Bankers spend too much time doing and not enough time being' Read the article here!
Return to the meatspace... is the virtual office dead?
28 February 2013
CPG's Clinical Director Dr. Mike Sinclair talks to the Evening Standard in this interesting article around the new trend of employers to limit their employees from working remotely or from home. Read the article here!
Ask The Expert: New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions. What makes them so difficult to keep? How can we improve the chances to keeping them this year? And if we don't manage to keep them, should we just give up? Dr Lisa Wilson, Clinical Executive CPG answers your questions with practical advice and tips! Watch this episode of Ask The Expert on our YouTube channel
The anti-social network that tells the truth about your life
Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director at City Psychology Group, gives his views to Reveal.co.uk on the new social media Pencourage: "The popularity of this new social media site is not surprising at all. We work very hard presenting ourselves to the world online, pretending and attempting to be happy all the time which is exhausting and ultimately unfulfilling". Read more!
Anonymous Social Media Journal Takes The Face Out of Facebook
Millions of us use social networks to share our thoughts and experiences every day. But how honest are we about what we're really feeling behind dutiful 'likes', family snaps and cheerful status updates?. CPG's Clinical Director, Dr Sinclair explains to IT Analysis that 'Social media provides a forum to escape this reality, to live in a fantasy of perfection where our feelings of isolation, disconnectedness, and inadequacy and failure can be redressed.' Read more!
'Most people think it's a party': How difficult is coming out?
For many LGBT people, the moment of coming out can be a moment of huge celebration, but not for everyone as Dr. Siri Harrison of CPG explains to the Metro Newspaper, following Jodie Foster's public coming out at the Golden Globes: 'I think most people think it's a party, mostly because they don't really believe there's still any discrimination against the community,' Check it out here!
Why we should relish having an empty diary
'If you're constantly pouring energy into spending time with friends and family you'll burn out and become exhausted, you need to make time for yourself,' Dr Michael Sinclair explains to Emerald Street. Read it here!
The Chrissy B Show: 'Create Your Dream Life'
CPG's Clinical Director, Dr Michael Sinclair special guest on The Chrissy B Show about New Year's Resolutions and more! Watch the show now!
Dr. Lisa Wilson, Clinical Executive at CPG contributes to an interesting article for Take It Easy magazine and explains: 'When someone is missing, there is unresolved grief. Families are unsure whether to give up hope or hold on to it tightly'.
'Anger is one of the first emotions we experience as an infant', Dr Michael Sinclair, Clinical Director of CPG explains to HealthSector and continues: 'It's a natural emotion and is a positive and constructive aid to survival. Its function is to provide us with the vital boost of physical and emotional energy when we need it most. It can be a positive and empowering emotion if used constructively - it tells us what is important to us, our values in life, encourages us to self-care, meet our needs and look after ourselves. Anger is not a problem; it is often the behavioural response of our anger, aggression that is the problem' Read the full article here
Drink driving and personality
Dr Michael Sinclair speaks to the BPS and explains that 'It is understandable that those with a tendency towards impulsivity would engage in more risk taking behaviour. The intolerance for emotional discomfort will lead to acting on urges that may at times involve dangerous action, such a drink driving. Such an intolerance would no doubt be exacerbated under the influence of alcohol as would be the difficulty to think in a lucid manner around a cost/benefit analysis of future behaviour. Read more here
'My web detox'
Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent for the BBC interviews CPG's Clinical Director, Dr Michael Sinclair for BBC London report: 'He nods sympathetically as I describe my feelings of being disconnected. We talk about how easy it is to become addicted to social media - and he warns that this can lead to problems in engaging in the real world with family and friends'. Watch it now
Preparing children for bereavement
Dr Michael Sinclair talks to HealthSector and explains: ' 'Avoiding the subject of death with children is a mistake and can be detrimental to their psychological wellbeing and functioning. If the death of a loved one is imminent avoiding the subject with children can make matters worse for them. If the feelings they experience are not validated they can start to feel as if they are odd, bad or wrong. Children often hear and know more than adults give them credit for and with this is mind it is nonsensical to leave them to deal with their pain alone rather than helping them through this pain. It helps them to feel less self-conscious and anxious and can improve their self-esteem and grieving process. Children are resilient but they are not resilient in a vacuum and cope better when they feel that others understand and validate what they are going through'.
Keeping sane in The City: Dr Michael Sinclair on Bloomberg TV
CPG's Clinical Director Dr. Sinclair live on Bloomberg news talking about sleep. Watch it now!
Gender differences in healthcare attitudes: Another case of men are from Mars?
'For some men, owning up to feeling weak or to have others perceive them as not coping would be to challenge the very core of their self-worth and their place and value in society' Dr Mike Sinclair tells PublicHealth. Read the article here!
The Chrissy B Show: I can't cope
Dr Michael Sinclair chats to Chrissy B live on Sky TV about anxiety and offers practical tools on how to de-stress.
Watch the episode here!
Scared senseless! Photos show terror on faces of Halloween revellers as they enjoy theme parks' most frightening attractions
31st October 2012
Dr. Mike Sinclair, Clinical Director of CPG talks to the Daily Mail on the enjoyment of being scared. Read more!
Health and safety in child's play: Necessity or nuisance?
'Denying children such early experiences may lead to emotional and developmental problems', Dr. Sinclair explains to Public Health: 'It is possible that without any such early experience where a child is overindulgently protected and not exposed to the real threats and dangers of life, he or she may come to develop an increased sense of dis-inhibition, unrealistic grandiosity and invincibility and consequential carelessness. Furthermore, without the potential for danger and the actual experience of 'trauma' whether physical or emotional, children may run the risk of an undeveloped problem solving skills set, an inability to emotionally self-soothe and an under developed sense of self-agency. Such individual difference can affect levels of self-confidence, leading to psychological distress in the longer term.' Read more!
Can we choose our level of self-control?
24th September 2012
"An apparent 'loss' in self-control may not be dependent on limited resources of distress tolerance or either displays of experiential avoidance. In fact over time and with positive reinforcement, behavioural resistance and impulse control may become as much an habitual and learned pattern of behaviour as the impulsive response that often displays a lack of self-control" - CPG's Clinical Director, Dr Michael Sinclair, explains to the BPS, British Psychological Society. Read more!
The living victims of 9/11
9/11 'has undoubtedly affected people psychologically, all around the world' Dr. Sinclair explains to Public Sector in this article marking the anniversary of the Twin Towers attack. Read the article here!
You've been amazing
Dr. Michael Sinclair and Dr. Ashley Goff contribute to Metro's special feature dedicated to 'the unsung heroes - the people of Great Britain- who united behind the Olympic and Paraolympic teams made home advantage truly count'. Check it out here!
What drove a father to kill his three children?
Dr. Michael Sinclair contributes to this interesting article for the Independent newspaper exploring the motives behind a father killing his three children. Read the article here!
How gadgets and the internet are turning us into a nation of emotional basket cases
19th July 2012
"Among our clients, there is a lot of 'presenteeism' - being at work even when they are too stressed to function, for fear of losing their jobs," Dr. Michael Sinclair explains to the Daily Mail. Read more
How Much Does a Bad Night's Sleep Cost You?
Dr. Sinclair interviewed live on Bloomberg TV gives his views on how insomnia can affect executive performance. Watch the interview here!
Five ways to be more creative right now
Dr. Michael Sinclair contributes to this interesting article for Emerald Street, out now! Five ways to be more creative right now
Always switched on: the work-life merge
CPG's Director Dr. Sinclair contributes to this interesting and debatable article for the Evening Standard.
Read it all here
A Baby Will Not Save Your Relationship
'A couple who decide to have a baby to repair their relationship are looking too far afield for the solution to their problems - the real solution is a lot closer than they think.", Dr Sinclair explains to Female First magazine. Read more
Why we are no longer so good at queueing?
29th May 2012
Dr. Michael Sinclair explains to the BPS that "A great paradox has arisen in modern society. As we strive for more freedom, investing in the advancements of technology and invent smarter and faster ways of getting things done, we are simultaneously caging ourselves within increasing levels of low frustration tolerance and stress, even in the face of small delays in our daily lives" - Read more!
The Little CBT Workbook
"The Little CBT Workbook":
A step-by-step guide to gaining control of your life
Out now! Order at Amazon!
Like Samantha Brick, I'm bullied because of my good looks
30th April 2012
The Metro Newspaper interviews Dr Sinclair.
Samantha Brick's recent comments in her 'Why women hate me for being beautiful' article caused a backlash of mostly negative reactions in traditional and social media. The Metro newspaper investigates further: Read the full article with Dr. Michael Sinclair's comments
Looking good? (Are your weighty worries a result of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?)
18th April 2012
Learn more about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Dr Michael Sinclair talks to OK! magazine, offers his top tips and explaines "it's about a very irrational and excessive preoccupation with your bodily appearance, particularly either a minor or imagined defect".
Out now in OK! magazine
ADVICE FROM A CITY PSYCHOLOGIST: How to change your lifestyle at work if you want to reduce your stress
Stress management and psychological health should be treated in much the same way as you might check your car in for an MOT despite it running well at the time, to avoid a breakdown later on! Read more
Why are we so stressed out?
Dr Sinclair contributes to this eighteen page dossier in this month's edition of Psychologies Magazine.
Plus: find out how one of their readers benefited from her Mindfulness and ACT therapy session with Dr Sinclair and read his top tips on Mindfulness practice.
When the strain begins to show
Economies are under stress - and so are employees. CPG's Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Sinclair talks to the Financial Times. Read the full article here
PRESS RELEASE...... PRESS RELEASE.....
Fear and Self-Loathing in the City - A guide to Keeping Sane in the Square Mile
CPG's Director, Dr Sinclair's latest book is now available!
This book is a very useable and practical guide for the modern worker to coping with the pressures of the workplace and their personal life. 'I believe this book could become essential reading for city workers. Instead of keeping a bottle of Scotch in your desk maybe a copy of this book will be more beneficial. Every city worker should have a copy'
Dr Neil Brener, Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Director,The Priory Hospital North London