The Magic Power of Relinquishing Control

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Today’s guest is Professor Tim Carey. Tim is the Director of Flinders University’s Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs, Australia. A scientist-practitioner, he has worked in Scotland’s National Health Service as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, in the public mental health service in Australia, and in private practice.

A Fulbright Scholar, Tim has over 100 publications including peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. He regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. His books include “Controlling People: The paradoxical nature of being human,” and a manifesto for health reform titled “Patient-Perspective Care: A new paradigm for health systems and services.” He has blogs on Psychology Today and Mad in America where he communicates ideas about promoting resilient mental health with the general public. Tim is passionate about helping people understand how they can enhance their own personal control in order to create more rewarding lives and relationships.

Links of Interest:

Controlling People

Control in the Classroom

Tim’s blog at Psychology Today

Tim’s Mad in America blog

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