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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.

PPP042: Thriving Through Cancer with Dr Jodie Fleming

PPP042: Thriving Through Cancer with Dr Jodie Fleming

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.

Dr Jodie Fleming has recounted her story in a touching memoir, 'A Hole in My Genes' published in February 2019.

In this episode we talk about…

PPP041: The Resilience Paradox with Dr Brock Bastian

PPP041: The Resilience Paradox with Dr Brock Bastian

Resilience is a hot topic right now, with programs designed to build resilience featuring on the training schedules of our schools and workplaces. But what do we really know about resilience from a scientific perspective? Can we build it? And how?

PPP040: What is Happiness? Happier Together with Our Listeners and Guests as We Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

PPP040: What is Happiness? Happier Together with Our Listeners and Guests as We Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

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?

PPP039: Building a Flourishing Workspace with Dr Jacqueline Vischer

PPP039: Building a Flourishing Workspace with Dr Jacqueline Vischer

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.

PPP038: Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

PPP038: Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

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?'

PPP037: Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian with Dr Nadine Hamilton

PPP037: Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian with Dr Nadine Hamilton

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.

PPP036: Identity, Vulnerability and Everyday Leaders with Psychologist Matthew Condie

PPP036: Identity, Vulnerability and Everyday Leaders with Psychologist Matthew Condie

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.

PPP035: Ageing Smart with Psychologist & Neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson

PPP035: Ageing Smart with Psychologist & Neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson

Do you know how to keep your brain healthy and well as you age?

That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast. My guest is psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson who joins me from a little Spanish town near Denia. Desiree’s passion is sharing up-to-date, science-backed tools and lifestyle strategies to stay mentally sharp and improve your brain health today and for the years to come.

PPP034: Mashing Movies with Wellbeing and Counting What Counts with Anna Box

PPP034: Mashing Movies with Wellbeing and Counting What Counts with Anna Box

Anna’s work explores stories and film and research and well being and performance and thriving. She is passionate about everything she does and that passion spills forth in every word of this conversation.

PPP033: Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

PPP033: Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

Tired of nagging and arguing with the kids? Today's guest suggests that you flip the switch to positive for happier, healthier kids and greater harmony for the whole family.

Professor Lea Waters is one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. She’s a psychologist, the president of the international positive psychology association, the Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Lea is also author of The Strengths Switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish

Join Lea and I as we discuss how to flip the switch to positive parenting

PPP032: Don't Pursue Happiness, Prepare for Wellbeing. Intellectual Adventuring & Thrivability with Professor Lindsay Oades

PPP032: Don't Pursue Happiness, Prepare for Wellbeing. Intellectual Adventuring & Thrivability with Professor Lindsay Oades

Has the mental health pendulum swung too far?

Distress is a contentious topic. We no longer accept ‘toughen up, don’t cry’ as the appropriate message for our kids, schools, even workplaces but my guest today argues that ‘medicalising’ distress and jumping too quickly to diagnoses and clinical support might not be helping either.

Professor Lindsay Oades is the  Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at The Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He firmly believes that "wellbeing is everybody's business" and his mission is to enable others to enable others.

In this episode of The Potential Psychology Podcast Lindsay and I discuss: