PPP062: Motivating Yourself to Exercise with Dr Gordon Spence

PPP062: Motivating Yourself to Exercise with Dr Gordon Spence

Welcome back to the Potential Psychology Podcast and our seventh season of the show. Seven seasons! And it's only getting better from here.

Today my guest is Dr Gordon Spence. Gordon and I studied together at The University of Sydney in the early 2000s and our paths have crossed a few times since. In July 2019 we met up by chance at the IPPA World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne and what began as a quick, 'Hi, how are you?' quickly escalated into an intense and fascinating conversation about Gordon's upcoming book and his interest in exercise, longevity and motivation.

PPP061: The Portal to Transformation with Tom Cronin

PPP061: The Portal to Transformation with Tom Cronin

My guest today is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives. Tom Cronin knows first-hand the power of meditation in overcoming mental health issues and the potential this ancient practice has for personal healing and human transformation.

Tom is a meditation teacher, a film maker, an international speaker and founder of The Stillness Project - a global movement to inspire one billion people to sit in stillness daily. He is also the author of six books for adults and one children’s book - Missy Moo Meditates.

PPP060: Hacking Your Life Admin for Family Harmony with Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts

PPP060: Hacking Your Life Admin for Family Harmony with Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts

My guests on the podcast today are the living embodiment of 'testing and learning', particularly when it comes to life admin - everything from getting your mobile phone plan and contract sorted out to planning family holidays to filing your tax return.

Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts are the co-hosts of the Life Admin Life Hacks Podcast. Their mission is to help you save time, money and achieve a little more peace of mind and household harmony.

PPP059: Positive Conversations about Aged Care with Dr Julie Bajic Smith

PPP059: Positive Conversations about Aged Care with Dr Julie Bajic Smith

"Australian men over 85 have the highest rate of suicide in the country"

Wellbeing in older adults. It's a conversation we don't often have, but we need to. My guest today is Dr Julie Bajic-Smith, an aged care psychology consultant and mentor, and she is passionate about the need to shape a better future for everyone in aged care.

For five years Julie travelled to aged care homes and facilities to provide treatment and face-to-face intervention for the elderly. Her career took a turn when she kept hearing the same thing from her patients - I’m not getting the right emotional support from my caregivers. It's not that caregivers didn't care. They just didn't have the skills, knowledge and confidence to provide emotional as well as physical support and care to their clients.

PPP058: Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

PPP058: Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

Imagine controlling the world directly with your mind. That was my guest's dream - and she and colleagues brought that dream to life.

Ariel Garten has a fascinating and eclectic background in psychotherapy, art, fashion design, neuroscience, technology and start ups. She is a co-Founder of Interaxon, the developers of Muse, a brain sensing headband that translates your mental activity into the guiding sounds of weather to help you find focused calm.

PPP057: Life as an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner

PPP057: Life as an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner

How does a psychologist become a psychologist? What does the training involve? How long does it take? And could YOU last the distance?

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast I’m joined by Glen Tanner, a recently registered Clinical Psychologist and we’re talking about life in the early years of this fascinating career.

PPP056: A Year Long Adventure in Brain Hacking with James Garrett

PPP056: A Year Long Adventure in Brain Hacking with James Garrett

If you could upgrade yourself to 'You Version 2.0' what would that look like? Who would you be? What would you do? And how would you get there?

Our guest for this episode is pursuing these very questions in a year long adventure in brain hacking. James Garrett, psychologist, former academic, entrepreneur and fellow podcaster has embarked on The Deep Change Project in 2019, exploring neuro technology, neuroplasticity and personal change to uncover the very best of James Garrett Version 2.0

James has been a guest on the show before. He's a great conversationalist, very knowledgeable and always keen to share his personal insights and experiences.

PPP055: Why Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong

PPP055: Why Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong

My first ever SOLO episode and we're talking motivation. Where does it come from? How do we create it in ourselves and others? And why is everything you know or think about motivation wrong?

PPP054: Revisiting Brain by Design with James Garrett

PPP054: Revisiting Brain by Design with James Garrett

My guest today is James Garrett, the founder and CEO of Brain by Design - a US-based organisation that teaches strategies for getting more from your mind. He’s a psychologist, a former academic, co-founder of a highly successful social venture - Think Unlimited, which taught innovation and creativity to young people in the Middle East - and he’s chatting to me today about using your brain to enhance your productivity and creativity and live your best life.

PPP053: Connecting You with the World of Positive Psychology & the IPPA World Congress

PPP053: Connecting You with the World of Positive Psychology & the IPPA World Congress

If you follow Potential Psychology on social media you might have seen me out and about with my portable recorder, Potential shirt and matching red headphones at the International Positive Psychology Association’s 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in July 2019.

The World Congress was a four day event at which world’s positive psychology, happiness and wellbeing experts descended on Melbourne, put their collective heads together and explored and shared the most mind-blowing quantity (and quality!) of research and knowledge on what helps us all to thrive and flourish.

There were great thinkers and speakers, research presentations, exhibitors, well being adventures, conversations, global perspectives and over 1000 people in attendance and and I’ve captured as much as I can to share with you in this episode of the podcast.

PPP052: Fears, Phobias and Obsessions with Dr Celin Gelgec

PPP052: Fears, Phobias and Obsessions with Dr Celin Gelgec

‘If the 5 trillion spiders in the Netherlands took to eating humans rather than insects, they’d consume all Dutch people in just three days.'

Not a nice thought, especially if you have a spider phobia but that was the Tweet that led me to today's guest and our discussion of phobias.

PPP051: A Kidnapped Teacher Talks About Health After Hurt with Rob Hunter

PPP051: A Kidnapped Teacher Talks About Health After Hurt with Rob Hunter

Imagine this. You're 20 years old and a newly minted teacher with sole responsibility for a small rural primary school and the nine students who attend each day. It's your ninth day at work and although it starts in the same way as days one to eight, it will end very differently - with you and your nine students chained and captive in a remote camp site.

This is the true (crime) story of my guest, Rob Hunter. We're exploring what happened on that day 42 years ago and the impact that it has had on teacher and students.

PPP050: Should Parents Really Worry About Video Games? with Research Professor Peter Gray

PPP050: Should Parents Really Worry About Video Games? with Research Professor Peter Gray

'It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies'

That was the NY Post headline that sent the internet into meltdown in 2016. The article went on to state that 'your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs' and every parent who has ever experienced a pang of guilt watching their child immersed in a screen-based game felt that guilt engulf them.

But is it true? Are video and screen-based games as terrifying as the headlines suggest?

PPP049: Revisiting Digital Parenting with Martine Oglethorpe

PPP049:  Revisiting Digital Parenting with Martine Oglethorpe

In late May of 2019 the World Health Organisation officially recognized "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition — adding the disorder to the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the organisation's official diagnostic manual.

Screen time, video games and internet gaming are confusing topics. Everyone has an opinion. Parents feel guilt and uncertainty. 'Screen time' creates a huge amount of conflict within families. I wonder whether the conflict, anxiety and stress around internet games and screen time does more harm that the screens themselves?

Today on the podcast we’re talking to e-safety expert Martine Oglethorpe about technology, fear and parenting in the digital age…

PPP048: Judges, Magistrates, Scrutiny, and Mental Health with Lawyer and Psychologist Carly Schrever

PPP048:  Judges, Magistrates, Scrutiny, and Mental Health with Lawyer and Psychologist Carly Schrever

Can you imagine what it's like to be a judge presiding over a court? To maintain calm in the court room, absorb and synthesise complex information, listen to sometimes deeply difficult stories and make decisions that affect the lives of others- and at times our society - in critical ways?

These are just some of the tasks facing our judicial officers - our judges and magistrates. They are tasks that can have a significant impact on their stress and well being and today we’re exploring new research exactly that…

PPP047: The Talking Cure, Transformation and Being a Little Mad with Professor Gillian Straker & Dr Jacqui Winship

PPP047:  The Talking Cure, Transformation and Being a Little Mad with Professor Gillian Straker & Dr Jacqui Winship

What do you know about therapy?

Did the producers of The Sopranos get it right?

And are we all a little bit mad?

And if common childhood experiences can lead to struggles later in life, should parents be worried about 'screwing up' our kids?

I explore these questions and more with my guests, the authors of a new book ‘The Talking Cure: Normal people, their hidden struggles and the life-changing power of therapy'

PPP046: Winners at The 2019 Australian Podcast Awards

PPP046:  Winners at The 2019 Australian Podcast Awards

NEWS

We're taking a break from regular programming for a special mini episode celebrating the winners at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.

Australians were on tenterhooks on Saturday 18 May 2019 as we awaited news of the winners and losers. Yes we had a Federal Election but more importantly, it was the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards!

Mr Potential Psychology and I headed north to Sydney to join in the festivities and fun, mingle with audio royalty and learn a little more about what's great on the Australian podcast scene.

Listen in to discover my pick of the winners, who I'm listening to right now to live, learn, laugh and flourish, and whether the Potential Psychology Podcast walked away with a gong.

PPP045: The Power of Music to Boost Your Mood with Dr Sandra Garrido

PPP045: The Power of Music to Boost Your Mood with Dr Sandra Garrido

Music and our moods are intrinsically linked. We seek sad songs when we're blue, upbeat vibes to work out, maybe classical for a bit of zen.

But how does this work? What happens in your brain when you listen to music? What is the link between music and emotion? And how can you use music strategically to boost your mood and your performance? Tune in to learn why music moves us.

PPP044: Keeping Well as an ‘Allergy Parent’ with Callie Mackenzie

PPP044: Keeping Well as an ‘Allergy Parent’ with Callie Mackenzie

With an increasing number of children in the western world diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, the parents of these kids can find themselves overwhelmed, and anxious, with their well being and mental health under threat.


My guest for this conversation knows this from lived experience. When her third child, Caleb, was just four months old he was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. At that moment Callie Mackenzie and her family were plunged into a world in which nothing felt safe.

PPP043: Stress and Self Care for Our Junior Doctors with Dr Rebekah Hoffman

PPP043: Stress and Self Care for Our Junior Doctors with Dr Rebekah Hoffman

Our doctors help to keep us well, but who looks after the doctors when they're struggling with stress, exhaustion and overwhelm?

My guest today is Dr Rebekah Hoffman, a GP (General Practitioner) in regional NSW, a University lecturer and a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. As a junior doctor Rebekah began to struggle with the effects of long hours, limited sleep and a heavy workload. Following a holiday during which she realised that she was no longer the person she wanted to be, she changed the trajectory of her career and began to research the effects of stress and burnout on her fellow junior doctors.