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64 minutes | 3 days ago
Job Crafting and Creating More Meaning in Work with Cassandra Dunn
Today's podcast guest is the energetic Cassandra Dunn. Cass is a clinical & coaching psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher. She is also a podcaster, author, online course creator, speaker and workshop facilitator. In this episode, Cass and I talk about the importance of job satisfaction for our happiness and how we can craft our work circumstances to increase our fulfilment without having to make a major career change.We also discuss:The origin story behind Cass's hugely successful podcast "Crappy to Happy"Real life tools and strategies that we can use to move from crappy to fundamentally happyWhat does living according to your values mean and how does that help us live more authentically and feel more fulfilled?How changing our perception of work or changing the scope of what we do can help us feel happier about our current jobHow to incorporate play and creative elements to invigorate your job and become more engaged in your workCass's book, Crappy to Happy: Love What You DoCass is the vibrant host of the Crappy to Happy podcast. It has consistently ranked in the Top 5 health and wellbeing podcasts on Apple Podcasts since it launched and has been downloaded MILLIONS of times! It's been featured in Apple Podcast’s Best of 2018 list, iTunes “Influencers” category in February 2019 and was iTunes Number 1 in the “Inspiring Women” category for International Women’s Day, March 2019. The show is available on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.Cass has also authored the Crappy to Happy book trilogy. The books detail simple steps to live your best life, find meaning in your work, and build stronger relationships. She also offers online programs, retreats, and workshops for anyone who is ready to take action towards living their happiest and most meaningful life.Cass has very generously given all our Potential Psychology Podcast listeners 15% OFF on all of her books and online programs. To avail of this great deal, go to cassdunn.com, pick the books and programs you'd like to explore, and use the promo code POTENTIAL at checkout.Where to find Cass on Social Media:TwitterFacebookInstagramCass's books and programs:Crappy to Happy booksCass's online servicesAlso mentioned in this episode...Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine EvaristoEllen facilitating the Arts & Culture Ballarat 'Creative Block' panel. It all went well!
44 minutes | 17 days ago
Demystifying Sleep with Siobhan Banks
Do you have conversations about sleep in your workplace? Do you know what shift work, working across time zones or catching up on work into the night can do to your safety, productivity and wellbeing? Ever wondered about the strategic use of caffeine and naps to mitigate the risks of interrupted sleep?Today's guest on the Potential Psychology Podcast is a researcher and the Co-Director of the Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre at the University of South Australia, Professor Siobhan Banks. We're talking about a topic that might interest you because, despite the fact that it has been a huge part of the universal human experience and is a favourite activity for many of us, sleep remains one of science's greatest mysteries. Siobhan will help explore and explain the mysteries of sleep and its significant role in health and wellbeing.In this episode, we discuss:Why sleep is important to our wellbeing and how we function.How much sleep do we really need and how do we know if we are indeed getting enough?What are the impacts of sleep deprivation and why is it dangerous?Sleep, wellbeing, and work performance.How to mitigate the risks of unavoidable sleep issues created by shift work.Caffeine, napping, and other strategies to manage the effects of shift work on sleep.Siobhan has done extensive research on the impact of inadequate sleep on cognitive performance and health. She has more than 100 published works on sleep and fatigue,Where can you find Siobhan:Resources mentioned in this episode:National Sleep FoundationPotential Psychology Podcast Episode 038: Sleeping Well with Dr Kate SprecherEllen Jackson on how mindset and personality impact your life admin: LifeAdmin LifeHacks PodcastPositive LeadershipPracticing Positive Leadership
68 minutes | a month ago
Developing the Indomitable Gift of Compassion with Dr. Stan Steindl
We all struggle at times with our relationships, in parenting, at work. We all get sad, stressed and worried. We might feel lonely or isolated. We might feel fear, guilt or shame. These are all forms of suffering, much of which comes from rumination, self-criticism and the complex work of our minds. The good news is that we can alleviate much of this suffering by uncovering our Compassionate Self - the key to a healthier mental life.Today's guest is an expert in compassion, Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Associate Professor, and Author of the insightful and beautifully written book: "The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering", Dr Stan Steindl.In this episode, Stan gives us a starting point to understanding compassion and guides us through discovering our most compassionate selves.Join us today as we answer the following questions:What do we mean by compassion?What is the difference between empathy and sympathy as interpersonal skills?Why understanding suffering is the key to unlocking our most "compassionate selves"Identifying fears, blocks, and resistance to open yourself up to receiving self-care and self compassionHow self criticism disguises itself as self challenge with short term benefits but is actually counterproductiveWhat is shame and how is it relevant in self compassion?The difference between shame and guiltUsing imagery to learn about and develop your most compassionate selfWhere can you find Stan:https://psychologyconsultants.com.au/team/dr-stan-steindl/YouTube (Compassion in a T-Shirt)https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCujCvGkc_TFF7KmA0Sk4E7ASoundCloud (The Compassion Initiative with James Kirby)https://soundcloud.com/jamesn-kirby(please add links to Stan's social media, see guest tab)Dr. Stan Steindl's book:https://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/books/details/336/The_Gifts_of_Compassion_How_to_understand_and_overcome_sufferingOther resources mentioned in this episode:About Compassion Focused Therapy - https://positivepsychology.com/compassion-focused-therapy-training-exercises-worksheets/Link and abstract for the meta-analysis on the effectiveness of compassion-based interventionshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005789417300667Link to my coaching services on the web site please :-)
80 minutes | a month ago
Getting Your Mind and Body Fit For Life with Andrew May
Happy New Year, everyone! After a restful and well deserved break, we're back for Season 10 and we've got a very timely topic: training our body and brain to improve our wellbeing and perform at peak state. This episode is perfect for those who need a motivational nudge with their new year, 'new you' resolutions.My guest is the multi talented Andrew May. He is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, CEO and founder of StriveStronger.com, a boutique media and digital consultancy that delivers workplace wellbeing, coaching and leadership programs. Andrew's unique background in professional sport, academia, performance coaching and business positions him perfectly to discuss mind-body training for peak performance. In addition, Andrew's media experience, communication skills and experience as a coach allow him to cut through by asking simple, yet profound questions that inspire individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential.In this thought provoking episode, Andrew and I discuss:How the stories we tell ourselves limit our beliefs and our concept of successWhy having a B-side to our life and persona helps us with acceptanceWhy positive self talk is importantThe power of writing to get your thoughts in orderThe 6 key areas in your life that you need to optimise, from his brilliant book MatchFit, co-authored with Dr Tom Buckley.Andrew is author of the bestselling book Flip the Switch and the recently released MatchFit which has sold more than 75,000 copies. He has a regular segment on ABC News Breakfast and appears across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, printed publications and online. His popular Business Fit Podcast is designed to support small business owners manage their physical and psychological wellbeing.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Inside the Dynamic PPP Team with Jaie Obillo, Andy Maher, and Tamsin Parry
Today's international episode is an extra special one and got me thinking "why haven't done this earlier?" It explores the dynamics of remote working teams and gives us a peek inside the inner workings of the Potential Psychology Team. My guests on the podcast are the people who make Potential Psychology possible: podcast producer, Jaie Obillo, podcast audio producer, Andy Maher, and online business manager Tamsin Parry.In this episode, we discuss:What has life been like Covid-style in each team member's part of the world?What have been their the challenges and upsides?What have they done to maintain self-care?A little Christmas wish for our audienceJaie is a freelance content writer, licensed teacher, and disaster response volunteer. Andy Maher is an audio producer and voice over artist with 25 years of experience in Australian media. Tamsin Parry supports entrepreneurs build healthy and profitable online businesses, through systems, automations and team management.Are You Ready to Fulfil Your Potential?Download your FREE copy of ‘Creating Thriving, Motivated Teams: A How To Guide’ by entering your details belowIf you like this podcast, please give us a rating at https://reviewthispodcast.com/Potential. We appreciate your support.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Turning Challenges Into Our Most Rewarding Experiences with Eric Winters
Our guest today is self leadership coach, speaker and author Eric Winters. His book, "Swipe Right on Your Best Self: Simple steps to a bolder life with fewer regrets", is an uplifting and informative guide that describes simple strategies backed by science to meet challenges more effectively, in our professional and personal lives.In this episode, we delve into:What is Self Leadership?Applying Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in your personal and professional lifePracticing courage and developing the capacity to take actionWorking through and working around self limiting mindsets and expectations3 human predicaments that cause most people to live smaller, timid livesRecognising alternative effective motivating strategiesSteps to help you prepare for meeting challenges more effectivelyEric is English by birth and now based in Sydney. He has lived and worked in Scotland, Germany, the Middle East and Australia. He is a leadership development specialist, performance coach and speaker with particular expertise in developing resilience, courage and well-being for greater professional success. His work is grounded in over 20 years of international corporate experience, 2 masters degrees in human behaviour change, and over 12 years experience in helping leaders and their teams become more proactive, courageous and collaborative.He's also a great conversationalist who peppers this discussion with humour, insight and positivity. Listen in!If you like this podcast, please give us a rating at https://reviewthispodcast.com/Potential. We appreciate your support.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Exploring the Complex Power of Physical Intelligence with Dr. Scott Grafton
Do you move your body to improve your mind?We are all aware the mind and body connection and how one affects the other, but this connection goes well beyond common cliché. Movement actually affords us a host of physical and neurological benefits that can help us make better decisions, keep physically fit and stay psychologically sound.Today's special guest on the podcast is neuroscientist, neurologist, and esteemed author, Dr. Scott Grafton. He joins us from sunny California.In this insightful episode, Scott and I explore:What is Physical Intelligence?Why the mind and body connection is not merely a metaphorThe wonders of the human body and how wonderfully designed we areHow our brain benefits from movementCool stuff about advancements in the engineering fields with regard to movementThe concept of 'optic flow' and the profound difference between physical engagement in complex environments versus exerciseThe importance of body identityThe impact of fatigue and perseverance on mood and choice.Scott is a distinguished professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is director of UC Santa Barbara’s Brain Imaging Center. He uses his personal experience, camping and hiking around California’s High Sierra region to write the highly illuminating book, "Physical Intelligence: The Science Of Thinking Without Thinking."If you enjoyed and learned something from this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast, please give us a rating and leave a review at https://reviewthispodcast.com/Potential. We appreciate your support!
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Dispelling Anger Fallacies with Dr. Steven Laurent
What are your beliefs about anger?Is it a 'negative' emotion? The cause of distrust and destruction? Does it equate in your mind to aggression? Indignation? Rage?Can anger be helpful? Does it fuel action? Motivate? Even inspire?Our guest today, Dr. Steven Laurent is an expert on anger and the co-author of ‘The Anger Fallacy: Uncovering the Irrationality of the Angry Mindset.’ He argues that there is always an alternative to anger. That's not just touchy-feely psychologist-speak either. He contends that anger doesn't make sense strategically. No matter your goal or the relationship context, it turns out that getting angry does you in the eye. There are wiser ways, he says, of making your point.In this intriguing episode, Steven and I discuss:Why anger is the most commonly experienced negative emotionThe paradox of anger or why people actually like holding on to angerAnger fallacies, beliefs and misconceptionsHow people find themselves in a rage spiral and how to get out of itMore progressive and useful approaches to resolving conflictWhat is "shoulding"The empathy factor in angerSteven completed a PhD in Psychology at Sydney University, and Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. He writes Psychology Today’s anger blog, entitled Chill Pill and operates a generalist psychology practice in Sydney. He's currently working on a new book about love and relationships.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Don't Blame The Reptilian Brain with Dr. Sarah McKay
Today, speaker, media personality, and Australian-based neuroscientist Dr. Sarah McKay, returns to our podcast to talk about our emotions, our brain, some misconceptions about reptiles and why we're not beholden to emotional and behavioural triggers.In this information packed episode, we get our geek on about:What we're getting wrong if we talk about 'lizard brains' and emotional triggersWhy getting the scientific fundamentals right is vital when talking about our brain and behaviourAn alternative to fear, fight and flight and how the words we use shape our physiological responses and emotional experienceCurrent theories of constructed emotion and how our feelings might be an emergent property of the meaning we make from the world around usTaking control through choice and mindsetScience education and watching the scientific method unfold during a pandemicSarah is an Oxford University-educated neuroscientist, presenter of ABC Catalyst, director of The Neuroscience Academy, and author of The Women's Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
Facing Your Fears and Learning to Grow with Dr Patricia Zurita Ona
My guest today is a licensed clinical psychologist from sunny California. Dr Patricia Zurita Ona, fondly known as Dr. Z, is talking to us about overcoming the challenges of fear-based responses, an experience she knows well. Growing up in Bolivia in the midst of a dictatorship, she understood at a early age what it meant to be shaped by fear. This lead to her passionately pursuing her practice, helping others to overcome anxiety and trauma.In our conversation, Dr Z and I explore the questions:What are fear-based reactions, and how do they shape us?Why do we get stuck and find it hard to change our safety seeking patterns?What is perfectionist behaviour and how we can use it in a more functional, helpful, and workable way?How we can learn to be more flexible, mindful and adaptive?Dr Patricia Zurita Ona gives us a few tips and tools to reshape our fear based thinking and make incremental but important improvements to achieve personal growth.Tune in to learn how to face your fears, get unstuck and fulfill your potential.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
A quick catch up: The latest news from Potential Psychology HQ
After taking a long-ish hiatus from the Potential Psychology Podcast to focus on introspection, self-care, and exploring available opportunities in the midst of a pandemic, I am back with inspiring guests and engaging episodes for you.But first, let's get up to speed with what's happening on PPHQ:What happened on Potential Psychology since our last episode (if you missed it, catch it here: Finding Antifragility in a World of Failure with Dr Paige Williams) went on air.Exploring deeper community involvement and taking on an exciting new role.Growth opportunities within the PP Team and fruitful partnerships.And more importantly, The Self Care Club - what is it and why you should be in it.Also, please keep an eye out on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for our "Lockdown Life" tips - a tips series on living in the 'new normal', with thought provoking notes on topics such as ambiguous loss, surge capacity and adjusting to a ‘new normal’.
48 minutes | 8 months ago
Finding Antifragility in a World Afraid of Failure
“As complex adaptive systems, it’s actually struggle that helps us thrive.”I am so pleased to be joined in this episode by Dr. Paige Williams to chat about her work in learning and teaching others about resilience and becoming ‘antifragile’. Paige is an incredible author who just released her new book, Becoming AntiFragile: Learning to Thrive Through Disruption and Challenge.In her career, Paige has honed her focus on resilience and helps others to become antifragile leaders. She is both a captivating conference speaker and leadership development program specialist that insights change and cultivates resiliency in leaders. Paige also shares her passion for resiliency by continuing her research as an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Positive Psychology and teaching at Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.After the recent release of Becoming AntiFragile, Paige is delighted to share her vast psychological knowledge of resiliency and what it means to be antifragile.In my conversation with Paige, we cover:· What is means to be ‘antifragile’.· How she believes being antifragile will help us through the Coronavirus pandemic.· Finding resiliency through a combination and balance of thriving and struggling.· The R.O.B.U.S.T. Principles and why they are important to becoming antifragile.· How antifragility translates in professional spaces and personal life.In my interview with Paige she provides clear insight into her research of resiliency and the best ways to shift from fragility to being antifragile. Paige’s wisdom and ability to articulate her powerful perspective is inspiring and beneficial in harnessing resiliency in daily life.Tune in to learn how to become antifragile to achieve resilience in every aspect of life.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or TwitterEXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND A BECOMING ANTIFRAGILE MASTERCLASS WITH PAIGE Website: https://drpaigewilliams.com/book/Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1922357081If you purchase the book on Tuesday 28th July you have the opportunity to win a seat at an exclusive online Becoming AntiFragile Masterclass hosted by me. To enter the draw send proof of purchase of the book to: firstname.lastname@example.org
51 minutes | 8 months ago
Adapting to Change with Professor Andrew Martin
Today I am joined by Andrew Martin, Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. In addition to his many accolades, Andrew has passionately dedicated his career to studying educational psychology.It’s through this study that Andrew has gained a remarkable understanding of the best ways to learn, grow and adapt. His insight is enlightening and informative, especially in the face of our current state of transition and change. In this episode Andrew offers his vast knowledge of learning to adapt and tapping into our capacity to be adaptable.In my conversation with Andrew, I uncover:What “adaptability” is from a psychological perspective.How to adapt through the Coronavirus Pandemic.Employing, facilitating and teaching healthy ways for children to adapt to change.How to address children’s learning and adaptation at every stage of maturity.The link between our ability to adapt and our wellbeing.The difference between adaptation and resilience in the face adversity and change.Strategies to adapt well, no matter what life throws at you.Andrew so wonderfully explains the three key components we need to consider when we’re trying to adapt to change or new circumstances. He outlines the tools we need to regulate our reactions in order to adapt to our situation and maintain resilience in trying times.Listen in to learn more about the significance of adaptability, how to learn the skills of adaptability and the role adaptability plays in creating thriving lives.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
51 minutes | 9 months ago
Self Care Is The New Health Care With Suzy Reading
"Sometimes, the true act of self-care is the thing you least feel like doing. It's tying up incompletions. It's looking at what's depleting you and taking action on that. Sometimes, it's addressing areas of pain and discomfort" - Suzy Reading, psychologist & authorI'm thrilled to welcome Suzy Reading back to the show today to discuss the topic of self-care. Suzy is an accomplished Chartered Psychologist that has devoted her practice to stress management, wellbeing, and shifting to a healthy lifestyle as well as a talented yoga teacher and personal trainer.Suzy's passion is offering a cohesive approach to wellbeing by connecting with the head, heart, and body, and work to empower people through self-care practices. She shares this passion with us by offering advice, tips, and useful approaches to self-care.Suzy's new book, Self-Care for Tough Times, speaks magnificently to the current state of the world by defining and teaching the underlying skills that help us navigate stressors, such as anxiety, grief, and change and transitions.In this episode, Suzy and I chat about:What the realisation of our need for self-care looks like.How to check-in, take notice, and give ourselves permission to invest in ourselves lovingly.The Vitality Wheel and how it allows us to map out our self-care.The importance of self-care every day, but especially while coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic.Five reasons we all need to practice and prioritise self-care.Overcoming the idea that we are not worthy of self-care.Quick "wins" to easily practice self-care.Suzy does a wonderful job of explaining the importance of self-care, framing it as "health care," and bringing light to the benefits of self-care, not only in our own lives but in the way we impact those around us. By describing her own learning and experience with self-care, Suzy uncovers the barriers and challenges we face when we neglect our own self-care.Learn more about Suzy Reading.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
59 minutes | 9 months ago
Screen Time Strategies In A Global Pandemic with Martine Oglethorpe
“There are some fundamental principles that parents want kids to follow: respect themselves, respect other people, and, in a nutshell, if they’re doing those things, they’ll be able to enjoy themselves and stay safe wherever they go online.” - Martine OglethorpeLife lately has been unusual. With school, work and socialising conducted from home, the pressure has dialled up for juggling parents. Where do 'screen time' rules fit in? What's reasonable device use right now? And how do we adapt when screens are all we have?As parents we try to do right by our kids and in the digital world that often means a battle over technology. Screen time is inevitable especially now when we are confined to home but my guest, Martine Oglethorpe, says that it's still possible to raise a great kid in a very digital world.In this episode we explore how to arm ourselves with the right tools, awareness, and mindset to ensure our kids partake in healthy, constructive and enjoyable screen time.In my conversation with Martine, we discuss:How much is too much screen time, and what questions parents should be asking to determine the types of screen time their children are partaking in?How parents should position their digital presence to understand, be aware of online activity, and be able to communicate about it with their kids.Ideas to facilitate healthy screen time for children to hang out with friends during the Coronavirus outbreak.Ways to set appropriate boundaries for different age groups online.About our guest:Martine Oglethorpe is a speaker, author, an e-safety and digital parenting expert, a mother of five and the author of the recently released book, The Modern Parent: Raising a Great Kid in a Digital World. She is well versed in working with children and families and is passionate about technology’s effect on children and parenting in the digital world. Martine speaks to several challenges that parents face when it comes to approaching screen time and parenting in the age of social media and online activity. Her perspective is refreshing and motivating, allowing parents to feel confident rather than defeated when handling their children’s digital interactions.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
63 minutes | a year ago
The Perks and Pitfalls of Working from Home with Dr Joe Sweeney
Is working from home working for you? Are you running staff meetings from your kitchen? Home schooling in the lounge? Have you discovered your partner’s ‘work persona’ - a side you’ve never seen before? And is your dining table still there, beneath the laptops, monitors, notebooks and files? Working from home, once the ultimate office-worker perk, is rapidly becoming a major wellbeing challenge as we’re thrust into a new world, largely unprepared. In today’s conversation I ask Dr Joe Sweeney, industry analyst for digital workforce innovation, policy and education and a researcher in workforce transformation to share his tips and insights into working and schooling from home. Joe has worked for a fully distributed (remote) work-from-home organisation for the past 16 years and successfully home-schooled his son. He is currently advising employers on establishing simple, effective work from home policies, tailored to employer and employee needs during this global pandemic. Joe knows what works and what doesn’t and in this episode he shares his knowledge and advice from both a strategic and a practitioner’s perspective. In this conversation Joe and I discuss:What employers and employees should keep in mind as many of us transition abruptly to working from home.His tips for working well and keeping well when working from home, including workspace needs, work life balance and keeping psychologically well.Home schooling - what works and what doesn’t, how to juggle it all and where to turn for help.What the working world might look like, post COVID-19.Joe is a fantastic podcast guest; smart, insightful, thoughtful, practical and entertaining. He is generous with his tips and recommendations and he’ll get you thinking, whether you’ve made the move to working from home or your an employer suddenly responsible for a distributed workforce. Listen in to learn. For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
51 minutes | a year ago
Keeping Well When We're Stressed and Anxious with Ellen Jackson
Hello wonderful humans. I’m mixing things up for this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast. I had planned an episode on Personality and How It Drives What We Do for this week on the back of our fun webinar with some members of the PP community last Monday morning. But given the state of uncertainty we’re in right now due to this new coronavirus, COVID-19 and its impact on almost every facet of life, I’ve parked that and decided to share some tips that might help us face some of our more immediate challenges.In this solo episode I talk you through:How our brain responds to uncertainty and why we're seeing the best and worst of human behaviour right nowWhat to do when you can't control what's happening and why focusing on your 'inner circle' gives you powerBreaking the negative cycle of worry, checking and more worry with one simple question5 simple strategies for maintaining calm and building emotional resilience - because we might be in this for the long haul!Two weeks ago I could not have imagined that this would be the topic for this episode. For the past week it has been all I have talked about. The demand for strategies to maintain mental health is strong and while I wish this wasn't where we are right now, I'm so glad that positive psychology, as a field of research and practice, can bring us 20 years of knowledge to support us to thrive in the face of challenge.And you can bet that I'm practising every one of these strategies every day right now!Please listen and share widely. I know this content can help x
65 minutes | a year ago
Telling Important Stories with Naomi Hunter and Jeremy Hunter
In the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty and the anxiety it is provoking it can do the heart and mind good to be distracted with positive stories of people doing good in our world. We need that right now.My guests for this episode are Naomi Hunter and Jeremy Hunter, the co-Managing Directors of Empowering Resources, a boutique publisher of children's books that encourage meaningful conversations between kids and their trusted adults.Their books handle tough topics with nurturing and understanding. They allow conversations to evolve to where kids need them to go.Naomi is the author of A Secret Safe To Tell, a gentle book that encourages meaningful conversations about body safety, the importance of not keeping secrets and confiding in trusted adults if something is making you uncomfortable. Naomi wrote it when she became a mother, working through her own experience of childhood sexual abuse. She hoped that she could empower other children to share their experiences and get the help and support that they need much earlier in life than she was able to.Within the first three months of its release, A Secret Safe to Tell encouraged 10 young children to disclose sexually abusive situations to their carers. These children were instantly validated and the abuse stopped. They did not need to wait until becoming an adult to start to heal, as Naomi had to. A Secret Safe to Tell and Even Mummy Cries (Naomi's second book) were both nominated for Children's Book of the Year in Australia and the Simplified Chinese version of A Secret Safe to Tell just won a gold award at a children's choice book awards in China, where 1.3 million children voted for their favourite book!Empowering Resources publish for many authors whose stories help kids to feel validated, to feel seen and to feel empowered. As high profile psychologist and past guest here on the show, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says, 'These are some of the most important books that exist.'This is a joyful conversation with both Naomi and Jeremy. I ask them:Who is Empowering Resources and why do the books you publish matter?Naomi, why did you write A Secret Safe to Tell? How did writing it help you and how has publishing it helped others?What feedback to you get from parents and professionals about the books, how they use them and how they may have helped?Where do professionals go for resources like these/where can the books be found?What is your advice to parents and care givers about having difficult conversations with kids?It's a privilege to share Naomi, Jeremy and their authors' work with you. Please listen in to be reminded of the good in the world.
57 minutes | a year ago
Prioritising Positivity with Dr Suzy Green
I'm delighted to have Dr Suzy Green back on the show today. Suzy was one of my lecturers when I completed the Masters of Coaching Psychology at The University of Sydney (some time ago now) and today I'm proud to call her a colleague. I'm also thrilled to be introducing you to her new book, The Positivity Prescription: A six week wellbeing program based on the science of positive psychology.Over the past 20 years Suzy has asserted herself as a pioneer of Positive Psychology. She is the founder of the Sydney-based The Positivity Institute and her evidence-based psychological strategies have helped thousands of Australians prevent and overcome mental health issues.With the release of The Positivity Prescription, Suzy is excited to be sharing her knowledge and experience with a broader audience.In this conversation Suzy and I discuss:What it means to 'flourish,' psychologically-speaking.Her hopes for The Positivity Prescription and bringing positive psychology to a broader audience.How positivity and happiness differ and what the science says about the benefits of positivity. The six 'Ms' of wellbeing - Meaning, Might, Mood, Motivation, Mindfulness and MindsetHow have the 6Ms have helped her face challenges and live a flourishing life. Suzy's tips for living a flourishing life, andWhere to buy the book!Suzy does a marvelous job in this interview of not only explaining the science of positivity in simple terms but also sharing her personal examples of how she puts that science to work in her life with verve and gusto.Listen in to learn a little more about living a flourishing life.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
56 minutes | a year ago
Bringing Behaviour to a Bigger World with Ryan O'Donnell
Joining me on the show for this episode is science communicator and content creator Ryan O’Donnell, a.k.a RyanO. Ryan wakes up daily trying to fill the gap between the amazing science of behavior and the billions of people that it could impact for the better. He does this by creating content for behavioral science enthusiasts via The Daily BA on YouTube, The Controversial Exchange and CHATTcon while preparing for his next big venture. (He gives us a sneak peak into that during our podcast chat.)Ryan started his career as a Behaviour Analyst but his interests have grown to include everything from entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, reinforcement learning, social media, podcasting, and vlogging. These interests and skills have allowed him to work with a lot of great people, travel and share the science of behaviour with the world at large and that’s what we are talking about today - how to bring the science of behaviour to a bigger world.In this episode I ask Ryan:What is Behaviour Analysis and why does it matter?What attracted you to the field?How did you move from straight BA work to film making and digital content creation? And why?What it the bigger purpose for you of bringing the science of behaviour to YouTube and the digital world?How did you develop your video and content creation skills?How do you think our communities can benefit from bringing behaviour to a bigger world?If you have a passion for science communication, helping others to learn, grow and flourish or the innovative use of digital content and story telling, don’t miss this fantastic conversation.For a full transcript, guest profile, expert tips and the resources mentioned in this episode, visit potential.com.au/podcast or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
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