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?
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.
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.
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.
'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?
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…
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…
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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
My guest today once specialised in psycho-oncology, the human side of cancer. In 2010 at the age of 37 she received the terrifying news that she had not one but two primary breast cancers. This became a frightening opportunity to practice what she preaches. The practitioner became the patient.
In this episode we talk about…
Welcome to our special event celebratory podcast episode! We are celebrating because today, March 20, is the UN’s International Day of Happiness and tomorrow, March 21, is the Potential Psychology Podcast’s 1st birthday! We’ve been sharing the science of wellbeing on the air for one whole year.
Throughout our first year we’ve explored well being, performance, goals, parenting, health, sleep, sport. resilience, yoga, work, strengths, hope and more.
Our amazing guests have educated and inspired us in so many topics relating to happiness but do you know what I’ve realised? I’ve realised that in 12 months and 39 episodes we’ve never asked the question, ‘What is happiness? And how do we get more of it?
How does where you work affect how you feel and behave? And is there a better way to build workspaces so that we can thrive and flourish at work?
These are the questions that my guest and I explore in this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast.
Dr Jacqueline Vischer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Montreal, an environmental psychologist, author, consultant and expert in how the space we work in affects the way we think, feel and behave.
Today we are talking about one of my favourite topics - Sleep! My guest is Dr Kate Sprecher and she is speaking to me from Colorado, in the United States, where she a is post-doctoral researcher in the Sleep and Chronobiology Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kate’s passion is understanding how sleep affects our physical and mental health with her guiding question being, 'How we can get the best sleep possible?'
Is there a Veterinarian in your life? If so, listen to this.
My guest for this episode of the podcast is psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton, author of the new book, ‘Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian'. We discuss the ‘dark side’ of the veterinary profession and tackling the high rate of suicide.
I’m delighted to have Matthew Condie on the podcast for this episode.
Matt is the kind of eclectic psychologist that I love talking to. He’s held several key roles in clinical psychology including child protection, youth and adult mental health, forensic drug and alcohol, emergency psychiatric services, perinatal and infant mental health, and refugee mental health working in refugee camps overseas. But Matt also has sport in his veins and he works with athletes and as an educator in the United States, teaching in the area of Sport and Performance psychology and leadership.
In this conversation Matt and I traverse the terrains of identity, vulnerability, self compassion, Brene Brown and everyday leadership.