positive psychology

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:

PPP031: Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

PPP031: Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

Joining me today is Dr Adrian Medhurst. Adrian is a psychologist, speaker, author and thought leader on a mission to optimise performance and wellbeing for people and organisations. He specialises in performance psychology, wellbeing science, mindfulness, innovation and emerging technology.

Adrian is the author of "Meditate on This: The Science of Mindfulness” and the CEO of - Benny Button, a wellbeing and performance business.

Adrian describes himself as ‘dedicated to improving the lives of as many people as possible through wellbeing and performance initiatives.’ A man after my own heart!

PPP030: Work, Stress and Managing Life’s Bubbles in a World of Tech and Connection with Dr Melissa Marot

PPP030: Work, Stress and Managing Life’s Bubbles in a World of Tech and Connection with Dr Melissa Marot

Drowning in email? Swamped by notifications? Stressed by endless work demands?

How do you disconnect in a working world that’s switched on 24/7?

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast I talk to Dr Melissa Marot, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Organisational Psychologist about work, stress, technology and finding balance in a constantly connected world.

PPP029: Launching a Conversation about Work and Wellbeing with Karen Gillespie

PPP029: Launching a Conversation about Work and Wellbeing with Karen Gillespie

It’s time to talk on the podcast about work and the role that work plays in our well being. My guest is Organisational Psychologist and well being expert Karen Gillespie from the New South Wales-based consulting firm EEK & Sense.

Karen and I discuss the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey - a holistic assessment of a leader’s wellbeing. I ask her about intellectual and existential well being and we have a chat about gender differences in workplace well being - and more

Join us as we explore how and why, as Simon Sinek says, ‘The leader sets the tone’ when it come to creating a thriving, flourishing workplace

PPP028: Finding a Space for Men and Boys with Carl Nelms

PPP028: Finding a Space for Men and Boys with Carl Nelms

This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is for the men and boys - and the parents and partners of men and boys.

My guest is Carl Nelms, psychologist and founder of Blokes Psychology, a psychology practice in Melbourne, Australia dedicated solely to males. Carl started Blokes Psychology to offer a plain-speaking, male oriented form of therapy - and it’s working! In this episode he tells us why men and women are different when it comes to therapy and offers his tips on helping men and boys to create thriving, flourishing lives

PPP027: Are We Building Strong People? with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

PPP027: Are We Building Strong People? with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

“This is a generation that is ­really struggling. It speaks to me of a lack of ­resilience. The bottom line is that I don’t think we are preparing even the little kids or the biggest kids for adversity.’’

That’s my guest, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, talking about the mental health and well being of our young people - the topic of this episode’s podcast discussion.

PPP026: Fostering Hope and Purpose in Our Kids with Rachel Colla

PPP026: Fostering Hope and Purpose in Our Kids with Rachel Colla

We are turning our attention to kids and young people for our next couple of episodes of the podcast and in this episode I’m talking to psychologist Rachel Colla from Merakai about helping our kids to find a sense of hope and purpose.

Merakai is an educational consultancy that helps schools and organisations to lead the way in wellbeing and performance. Rachel is the Director. She is also a speaker, facilitator, Lecturer at The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology and mum to four girls.

Rachel is passionate about helping us all to achieve optimal wellbeing and happiness in our lives in order to be better parents, friends, colleagues and members of our community and this passion shines through in our conversation.

PPP025: Eating Well and Thinking Well with Dr Naomi Malone

PPP025: Eating Well and Thinking Well with Dr Naomi Malone

We all eat but have you given much thought to why you eat what you eat? Or when you eat? Or how you eat? Have you thought about your relationship with food?

My guest today has a specialist interest in eating psychology and the intersection between nutrition and mental health. She’s fascinated by our relationship with food and eating and she works with her clients to uncover what helps and hinders them when it comes to what they eat and the impact that this has on their emotional and physical wellbeing.

PPP024: Conquer Your Nerves for Stellar Performance with Anastasia Hronis

PPP024: Conquer Your Nerves for Stellar Performance with Anastasia Hronis

Ever felt nervous before a big presentation, exam or performance? The sweaty palms? Jumpy tummy? Racing heart?

Have you noticed what where your mind goes in these moments? Do worries of impending disaster or freezing at the critical moment creep in? Want to know how to manage your mind - and your nerves?

Joining me for Episode 24 of the Potential Psychology Podcast is psychologist, music teacher, concert pianist and performance coach and expert Anastasia Hronis as we discuss conquering your nerves for stellar performance in any domain.

PPP023: How To Rubberise Your Brain for an Optimal Life with Jacquelyn Cranney and Sue Morris

PPP023: How To Rubberise Your Brain for an Optimal Life with Jacquelyn Cranney and Sue Morris

We all know what we’re supposed to do achieve our study, work and life goals but we rarely do it, do we? Instead we procrastinate and worry, waste time and stress ourselves out.

My guests today are co-authors of a new book, ‘The Rubber Brain: A toolkit for optimising your study, work and life!’ and we’re talking about the emotional and motivational factors that cause us to stumble when we’re pursuing our goals.

PPP022: The Psychological Life of An Elite Athlete with Dr Deidre Anderson

PPP022: The Psychological Life of An Elite Athlete with Dr Deidre Anderson

My guest for this episode is Dee Anderson, a Performance and Wellbeing Specialist who works with elite athletes, business people and young people to assist them with transitions in their lives and their personal development.

Dee and I enjoy a wide-ranging conversation about the psychological life of elite athletes and the many complex factors that affect athlete wellbeing. It’s not all about sport though! As Dee and I talk, we discover the many parallels between wellbeing in sporting life, family life and work life.