Jamie Ford discusses this contentious topic with Simon Pound from the SpinOff. How come the suicide rate of young Aussies is 50% less than here in NZ but not one person in the helping professions uses the Seligman Attributional Style Questionnaire to gain valuable insights into the root causes?
We bag Australians because we say they’re so arrogant; we bag Americans because they’re so brash. But in fact what we’re reflecting on there is the fact that they’re more resilient and they’re much more optimistic. Australians and Americans tell me that the negativity in New Zealand hits them like a wall when they get off the plane.
There is a huge amount of research that shows how learning the thinking skills of resilience can act as a ‘vaccination’ against depression.
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