wellbeing

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.

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.


PPP012: Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity with James Garrett

PPP012: Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity 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.

PPP011: Big Life Drama and Daily Discord: Overcoming Adversity with Eileen Lenson

PPP011: Big Life Drama and Daily Discord: Overcoming Adversity with Eileen Lenson

Today’s guest and I are separated by 13,000 km and the mighty Pacific Ocean but thanks to the wonders of technology we chat in this episode as though we're in the same room.

Eileen Lenson is in California and she is talking to us about adversity, resilience, courage, hope and her recently published book Overcoming Adversity: Conquering Life’s Challenges.

In her words, 'No one searches for adversity. Bad experiences are simply part of life. Yet how many of us will know what to do to prevent our lives from spiralling out of control when we encounter traumatic events that threaten our safety, careers, emotions, health, or relationships?'

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.