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.
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.
Join Lea and I as we discuss how to flip the switch to positive parenting
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:
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 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!
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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My guest today is Caroline Anderson from Performance Edge Psychology. Caroline is one of those people who seems to have hit the talent jackpot. She not only runs two successful psychology practices, she also delivers programs and workshops to athletes, sporting organisations and corporate clients on high performance and wellbeing AND she is a former Olympic athlete herself.
In this episode Caroline and I discuss the role of the mind and wellbeing in peak performance.
Love it or hate it, today’s show is about exercise - and how you can use it to fulfil your potential.
My guest is Nonie Carr, a Melbourne based psychologist from Enhance Life Psychology. Nonie has a passion for cycling and the benefits of exercise for our wellbeing and success.
She’s here on the podcast to talk to us about the benefits of exercise for your brain and mind - and give us some tips on how to incorporate it into our daily life.
This episode is one for the new parents and parents to be.
My guest is clinical psychologist and parenting expert Nadene van der Linden. We're chatting about the psychological transition that we make when we move from non-parent to parent. What are the challenges? Why is it harder for some of us than others? And how can we best prepare ourselves?
Join us as we get a little personal about parenting.
My guest today is on a mission to disrupt education and spread well being throughout schools, organisations and our community.
Andrea Downie is co-founder of Project Thrive, an Australian consultancy firm that collaborates with its clients, co-creating school and work environments that help us all to live and work at our best. She and her colleagues fuse positive psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, wellness and leadership in their - and from my experience in this interview, I bet they laugh a lot too!
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.
What is the future of work and how do we prepare our kids for it?
Are schools and universities setting kids up for future success?
Does technology in the classroom improve outcomes for kids?
Should every school student be learning to code?
And what are the skills that kids will need in tomorrow's world?
These are just some of the questions I ask Dr Joe Sweeney, technologist, researcher, writer and expert in workforce transformation in this episode of the Potential Psychology podcast.
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.