Where the Science of Psychology Meets the Art of Being Human

About Hey Sigmund.

Because sometimes the only diagnosis is ‘human’.

Every day there are stunning new insights into the human mind and the way we work, love, play, behave, relate, think and feel. We are learning more and more about what it means to be human, and how to master the art. Now more than ever, anybody who is any version of human has something to gain from the science of psychology.

This website contains the latest research and news in psychology. It attempts to bring psychology into the mainstream, unfolding the brilliance that happens within the scientific realm. We will explain what it all means and why it matters.

Some parts will be immediately relevant to your life, some parts less so but psychology is such a fascinating relevant science that at the very least you will have some excellent fodder for dinner table conversations.

The best of us is already in us, sometimes found, sometimes waiting to be. This website provides the tools to uncover what is waiting patiently beneath our skin to be discovered, or to make a life that is already beautiful, even more so.

I hope you enjoy the readings and find courageous, daring and simple ways to incorporate them into your life.


About the Author – Karen Young.

Karen has worked as a psychologist in private practice, in organisational settings, lectured and has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups. Her Honours degree in Psychology and Masters in Gestalt Therapy have come in handy at times. 

Karen founded the popular website, Hey Sigmund, after realising the power of solid information. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. Her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Yahoo Health.

Karen is a regular contributor to Parenting Magazine in New Zealand. She can often be heard on Australian radio, and is and a sought-after speaker. Recently, she published ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. 

Karen has two children and two stepchildren and lives in Australia. Experience has taught her that people can do amazing things with the right information, psychology has something for everyone, jargon doesn’t, everyone has a story to tell, short bios are the longest to write, nobody has it all figured out and the best people to be around are the ones who already know this.


About You.

One of the best things about being human is that pretty amazing things can happen when we share ‘stuff’.

This is a big part of what Hey Sigmund is about. We are always very grateful to anyone who wants to share thoughts, feedback or stories through comments or emails – in fact, we love it. 

If you have a story to tell head over to our And Talking About It page for guidelines on how to make this happen.


Work With Me.

Karen is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker and is able to engage with a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. Here are some popular topics, or perhaps you have some ideas you would like to discuss. To talk more about your needs and enquire about availability, please email Karen at karen@heysigmund.com

Topics include:

For Parents:

  • Kids and Anxiety – How to Help Kids Find Their ‘Brave’
  • Strengthening the Connection With Your Teen – What Parents Need to Know About The Changes That Come With Adolescence, and Using This to Increase Influence and Connection
  • Play and the Developing Brain – A Talk for Parents/ Teachers
  • Dealing with School Anxiety – How to Find Happy Goodbyes
  • Self-Control is One of the Most Important Predictors of Success – How to Nurture it in Children
  • The Effects of Toxic Stress and the Changing Adolescent Brain – A Talk for Parents/ Carers
  • They’ll Do What!? Understanding The Changes That Come With Adolescence
  • Helping Teens to Have Healthy Relationships

For Teens:

  • Stress, Depression and Anxiety – What They Do & How to Manage Them – A Talk for Teens
  • The Adolescent Adventure: Your Brain is Changing and It’s AMAZING! What Teens Need to Know About Their Changing Brains, And How it Influences Behaviour, Friendships, Addiction, Family
  • Who Doesn’t Get Anxiety!? – How to Thrive Through Anxiety
  • Let’s Talk About Your Tribe – Bullying, Friendships, Healthy Relationships and Unhealthy Relationships

For Teachers:

  • Anxiety in the Classroom – How Teachers Can Bring Out the Best in Anxious Kids & Teens
  • Understanding Adolescence: A Brain Under Construction – A Talk for Teachers

What This Website Is – And Isn’t.

The articles, information and comments on the this website provide general information only and do not constitute advice in any way.

It is important to me that the information provided on this site is thoughtful, detailed, well-researched and relevant, but it is just a guide. What is best for you will depend on your personal history and circumstances. For this reason, if you require more support, information or guidance in relation to a particular issue, please speak with a medical practitioner or counsellor who will be able to take the time to understand the detail of you, your history and your circumstances, and use this to advise you on the most effective course of action.

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