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How Hypochondria Can Develop Into Illness Anxiety Disorder

We’ve all met a hypochondriac; someone who always thinks something is wrong with them and is abnormally preoccupied about their health. The truth is we’ve also probably been hypochondriacs at some point, and developed irrational concerns about small symptoms. We’ve asked family members if a freckle is cancer or if a scratch has gone septic.
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Is it scientifically possible to live forever?

Throughout history the lifespan of humans has been expanding. Our ancestors living in the stone-age (the Palaeolithic period) only lived to around 33 years of age. Civilisation and farming helped extend our lifespan and in Classic Greece people lived on average to around 41. In ancient Rome, if you survived until 20 you could have
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Does Charisma Really Exist?

Six months ago, Australia held a national election, and more than once I heard it referred to as a contest between two non-charismatic leaders. One headline called the election a ‘low charisma contest’. Another journalist wrote that both leaders specialised in non-charisma. It turns out that our Prime Minister Scott Morrison must have at least
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Is it Better to Be an Idealist or Realist?

Are you an idealist? What is an idealist? According to one online definition “an idealist is someone who envisions an ideal world rather than the real one” but idealists are often seen as naive, impractical, and out of touch with reality. Cynics say that idealists think that striving for perfection makes the world a better
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Are You Bored by Boredom

Are You Bored by Boredom?

There is no denying that we will be challenged in this life. We will be disappointed by other people. We will face financial stresses, romantic disasters, the occasional crisis of identity but one life challenge that we underestimate is boredom! Sometimes life can be tedious, even if you are a motivated, ambitious person. In every
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Why Australians Aren’t Buying Art

Why Australians Aren’t Buying Art

If you asked me to paint a picture I would produce something not even a kindergarten teacher would stick on a wall. I have no talents when it comes to fine art – painting, drawing, sculpting, but I do believe that every day all of us should do something creative. It is essential to our
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