mindfulness

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.

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.

PPP012: Designing your Mind for Peak Productivity with James Garrett

PPP012: Designing your Mind for Peak Productivity 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.

PPP016: Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

PPP016: Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

Something to get you thinking today. I'm talking to Dr Madeline Fernbach, Australian Clinical Psychologist with expertise and a passion for working with the transgender and gender fluid community.

Madeline is fascinated by identity and the way people see themselves. She explains in this episode that during her awkward middle teenage years she drifted at the fringes of many social groups. Without a fixed groups of friend until later in her life she developed an interest in what makes humans belong - or not belong - in groups.


PPP015: Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Wellbeing Conference

PPP015: Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Wellbeing Conference

Something completely different for you on the podcast this week.

I recorded this episode at the 13th Happiness & Its Causes Conference in sunny Sydney, Australia. It's five pocket interviews and an insight into the conference highlights for me.

Happiness and Its Causes is the world's largest happiness and wellbeing conference, with speakers exploring the many and varied causes for a happy and fulfilling life. The line up was formidable with no less than His Holiness the Dalai Lama making an appearance (he is quite the comedian). 

PPP014: A self care revolution: Nurturing your head, heart and body with Suzy Reading

PPP014: A self care revolution: Nurturing your head, heart and body with Suzy Reading

I'm very excited that my guest for this episode not only shares two of my personal passions - psychology and yoga - but she combines the two in her professional practice to help everyday people thrive through life's challenges and difficult moments.

Suzy Reading is UK based psychologist, yoga instructor and personal trainer. She is the author of The Self Care Revolution which was published in the UK late in 2017 and in Australia in early 2018. She is passionate about helping to bring people back from stress, overwhelm, crisis and grief to a place of feeling whole, energetic and on the path to a rewarding life.

PPP013: Hey Warrior! Helping anxious kids (and adults) to find their brave with Karen Young

PPP013: Hey Warrior! Helping anxious kids (and adults) to find their brave with Karen Young

My guest today is Karen Young, founder of the popular 'Hey Sigmund' website. Karen is a psychologist, an author, a speaker, an educator and a parent.

She founded Hey Sigmund after realising the power of solid information to help us to manage life's challenges and live well. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. Her articles have been translated into a number of languages and her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Yahoo Health.


PPP010: Following Your Curiosity: Careers, Coaching and Courage with Cassandra Dunn

PPP010: Following Your Curiosity: Careers, Coaching and Courage with Cassandra Dunn

What a great way to round out Season One of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

This is a fun and fabulous interview with exuberant and engaging coaching and clinical psychologist Cassandra Dunn. Cass and I chat, laugh and explore our way around career paths, taking chances, reframing risk and finding happiness.

PPP009: From Prisons to The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

PPP009: From Prisons to The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

In this episode I chat to the delightful Laura Braid from The Sweet Life. Laura started her career as a forensic psychologist in Scotland, delivered ground breaking programs with offenders in the New Zealand prison system and now runs her private practice, the gorgeously named, The Sweet Life, in Auckland.

Our discussion delves into therapy, courage, vulnerability, acceptance and happiness.

We discuss:

  • Mindfulness and letting judgement exit stage left

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a tool for a happier life

  • How to keep psychologically flexible, and

  • Getting out of our heads and into our lives.

PPP008: Simplifying Life, Starting in the Kitchen with Jules Clancy

PPP008: Simplifying Life, Starting in the Kitchen with Jules Clancy

In Episode 8 of the Potential Psychology Podcast we take a fascinating little side path into the world of food, cooking, simplicity and wellbeing.

My guest is Jules Clancy from StoneSoup: Simple Weeknight Dinners. Jules is a food scientist, a former winemaker, an author, a photographer,  founder of the StoneSoup Virtual Cookery School, and a passionate advocate of minimalism and simplicity, especially in the kitchen.

Jules and I start with a conversation about meals and recipes for a busy family. We traverse minimalism and de-cluttering for mental health, self experimentation in everyday life, 'tree changes' and our mutual relief at living traffic-free. We end up 45 minutes later deep in discussion about mindful eating and what triggers our hunger cues.