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Psychology behind Self-Sabotage in Romantic Relationships

June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

24 June, 2018. Retrieved from SIM Psychology Society News Site Mind Self-sabotaging Self-sabotaging signs include having difficulty in trusting people, believing the failure in a relationship and insecurity in serious relationships. According to Raquel Peel, PhD lead researcher at James Cook University, people who self-sabotage, have insecure views of romantic relationships. They do not realise there is a negative belief of relationship […]

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Are you sabotaging your relationships?

September 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

ABC News. (2018, February 17th). Relationship sabotage is a rarely studied phenomenon, but now researchers look for answers. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/why-do-we-sabotage-romantic-relationships/9425844?pfmredir=sm ABC Far North By Anna HartleyUpdated 17 Feb 2018, 7:39am Are you someone that pulls the plug on a relationship when things start to get serious no matter how ‘perfect’ your potential partner might seem? You’re not alone. Self-sabotage […]

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Relationship sabotage is a rarely studied phenomenon, but now researchers look for answers.

February 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

By Anna Hartley 17 February, 2018. Retrieved from ABC News Are you someone that pulls the plug on a relationship when things start to get serious no matter how ‘perfect’ your potential partner might seem? You’re not alone. Self-sabotage in romantic relationships is a common problem and now researchers are investigating the psychology behind why some of us do it. […]

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Reasons Why We Should Be Talking About Suicide.

May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Reasons Why We Should Be Talking About Suicide.

4 May, 2017. Retrieved from PsychReg Why is the new Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why causing such a heated conversation? The reason is simple: We are talking about suicide! Although suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, especially among 15-19-years-old, it remains a taboo – controversial and largely misunderstood. According to the World Health Organization over 800,000 […]

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What makes someone more likely to be bullied at work and how companies can help them.

March 5, 2018 | 2 Comments

5 March, 2018. Retrieved from The Conversation Being bullied as a child, being female, young, and neurotic are significant predictors of whether you might be bullied in the workplace, our online anonymous survey shows. Our team investigated the personality traits and coping styles of workplace bullying victims which might contribute to their victimisation. Neuroticism is defined as a vulnerability to […]

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About Me

I am an international Speaker, Researcher, and Lecturer. I work as a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from James Cook University (JCU) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Music from Sydney University. Currently, I am undertaking a PhD in Psychology.

I have conducted research in suicide, bullying, stigma, religiosity, rural medicine, and romantic relationships. My research on suicide was awarded best paper at an international conference. I also enjoy promoting scientific research to engage both academics and members of the general public. My work on bullying in the workplace has been published by the Conversation.com and generated great interest. Also, my most recent research on romantic relationships has received a lot of media attention including TV and radio interviews, newspaper articles, and a publication on TED, ABC News, Psychology Today. On October 2018, I gave a TEDx Talk on self-sabotage in romantic relationships.

My work as a lecturer has been recognised with a prestigious Inclusive Practice Teaching Award. I am also passionate about raising awareness of mental health in higher education and have developed the Mental Health Program for Higher Degree by Research Candidates for JCU.

Overall, I am passionate about people and the expression of life. I am originally from Brazil and I have travelled and lived in many places around the world. I currently live in Brisbane, Australia, with my husband Matthew, our two cats Tigre and Patera, our Miniature Pinscher, Lobinha, and our Doberman, Urso.