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55 minutes | 5 days ago
Encore Teen Violence in America-Can We Save Our Teens?
An eighteen year old is charged with the lethal stabbing of a 17 year old boy, who he believed was dating an x-girlfriend. The typical age range for a gang member is 12–24 years old. Starting with Columbine High School in 1999, the US has seen more than 230 elementary and HS school shootings. In this show, Joseph Kolb, Executive Director for the Southwest Gang Information Center and Instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at Western New Mexico University addresses the causative factors, warning signs and potential solutions for teen violence. Drawing upon his book, Teen Violence in America: How Do We Save Our Children? he invites us to understand the external realities and underlining factors of school shootings, bullying, violent media, and social media exposure. As a parent, educator, and former law officer, he offers strategies for building teen resilience, fostering empowerment, enhancing social awareness, reducing fear, boredom and overcoming obstacles.
54 minutes | 12 days ago
Untangling, Understanding and Improving In-Law Relationships
Whether you are newly married, a middle aged couple, the identified In-Laws or the bewildered Out-Laws of an expanded family, you need to hear this show. In it, psychologist and author Dr. Geoffrey Greif draws upon his new and acclaimed book written with Dr. Michael Woolley, “ In-law Relationships: Mothers, Daughters, Fathers, and Sons.” Dr. Greif shares research using interviews and surveys with a total of 1,500 people to illuminate why some in-laws connect and others clash and even crash. He considers the impact of interfaith, interracial, gay and lesbian couples on in-law relationships. He examines the validity of the negative cultural stereotype of mothers-in-law and reports what mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law say. He considers what happens that is different in the relationships between male in-laws and overall offers important strategies for improving any in-law relationship.
54 minutes | 19 days ago
Encore Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy and Build True Self-Esteem
When we consider the definition of shame we often compare it to Guilt. Commonly, it is thought that we feel guilt for something we have done that is unacceptable; but with shame, we feel that we are unacceptable. In this episode Dr. Joe Burgo expands the formal definition of Toxic Shame discussed by John Bradshaw as the result of unspeakable child abuse or the oppressive force of social shame addressed by Brene’ Brown. Drawing upon his new book, Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy and Build True Self-Esteem, Dr. Burgo invites us to consider shame as an entire family of emotions like the pain of unrequited love, the embarrassment of exclusion, the exposure of getting sick at the party or the shame of a disappointed expectation like the college entry rejection or the canceled engagement. Essentially, Dr. Burgo invites us not to be ashamed of shame as it is an aspect of many human feelings. Rather than deny it, Dr. Burgo demonstrates how to use it to build Shame Resilience and Self-Esteem.
56 minutes | a month ago
Encore Understanding and Overcoming Binge Eating
In this show Jennie Kramer, LCSW-R draws upon her experience in treating all forms of eating disorders and her co-authored book, Overcoming Binge Eating for Dummies to offer expert and useable information on Binge Eating Disorder (BED). With sensitivity and realistic perspective, she answers questions like-What is Binge Eating? Does it differ from compulsive eating or overeating? Who binges and why? She underscores the health risks associated with Binge Eating Disorder and describes first steps to change for those struggling. She accounts for the physical, psychological and social factors involved in change and highlights questions like the difference between emotional and physical hunger. She considers pros and cons of treatment options while at the same time offering 10 things to do now instead of bingeing. If you or someone you love needs clear and expert information on Binge Eating, this is the show to hear.
50 minutes | a month ago
Encore Mindful Aging: A Radically Different Outlook for Embracing Life
In this episode Dr. Andrea Brandt, psychologist and author draws upon her latest book, Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy, to refute the notion of aging as chronic deterioration and decline and invite us to be “ On top of the hill rather than over the hill!” Toward this end, she draws upon research and offers specific strategies for knowing ourselves better, accepting our passions and truths, letting go of regrets and making a plan for bringing our dreams to life. She discusses the use of realistic positivity and guides us through the use of emotional mindfulness. She challenges us to look back in our history for forgotten joys and offers inspiring examples and methods for replacing loss and rethinking limits. You will be as energized as you are inspired by her use of a mind-body-heart connection for well being at any age.
55 minutes | a month ago
Grieving is Loving: Embracing Our Response to Loss
We are in a time of extraordinary loss of loved ones. Worldwide, more than a million people have died from Covid-19. Countless others have died of other causes. With extraordinary loss of loved ones there is extraordinary grief. In this episode, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore helps us understand and handle our grief. Drawing upon her new book, Grieving is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable, Dr. Cacciatore invites us to consider grief as something that can’t be ignored, rushed or diagnosed away as it is the natural reflection of the love we feel for the loss of a loved one. She invites us to recognize that we don’t work to reduce the grief, we own it and increase our capacity to cope. We embrace the here and now, we muster the courage to join with others who can be with us in the dark and we recognize that grief and happiness are not incompatible. Drawing upon extraordinary quotes, stories and reflections, Dr. Cacciatore offers us a path to grieving, loving and living.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Racism and Black Mental Health – How Do We Make a Difference?
In this show, Dr. Juliette McClendon, Research Psychologist in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, draws upon her expertise and research findings to discuss the impact of racism and discrimination on racial/ethnic health disparities. She will consider the role of Systemic Racism in obscuring these disparities, the role of intergenerational racial trauma in mental and physical health and the intersection of gender discrimination and racism on the health of women of Color. She will discuss possible intervention approaches to mitigate the impact of racism-related stress and trauma on the health of people of Color.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
The Power of Self-Compassion to Enhance Coping in Difficult Times
Dr. Kristin Neff is the recognized pioneer in the field of Self Compassion research and the author of the important book, Self-Compassion-The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. As individuals, families and communities we need to find a way to cope with the stress, fear and uncertainty we face. As you listen to Kristen Neff, you will hear something unexpected and important – the reasons and the research that reveal Self-Compassion as a powerful personal resource for coping and maintaining sustainability in difficult times. Kristin Neff will draw upon examples to share why self-compassion is different than self-pity or self-esteem. She will answer the paradox of why embracing our negative feelings with kindness actually empowers us, why self-compassion expands our comfort with mistakes, and fosters self-esteem as a by-product of functioning despite roadblocks. She will exemplify the use of self-compassion and Mindful Self-Compassion. We need Self-Compassion.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Encore Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief
The amount of stress worldwide is at an all-time high as the Corona Virus spreads. Self-Care and understanding alternative ways of easing pain are important. This show takes a close look at the varied forms of Alternative Medicine from Energy Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic to religious belief, embraced by millions seeking relief for chronic pain, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia etc. Our guest author, Melanie Warner draws upon her important new book, The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief, to invite us into a personal research journey which involves her meeting with clinicians, scientists, and healers world-wide, to answer questions like- Why have these Alternative Medicines become so popular? Why do some people report dramatic relief while others don’t? Can the results be subject to scientific proof? Is it the placebo effect? Do we need to recognize and use the surprising system of self-healing that belongs to us.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Revolutionizing the Way People Find Love: Deeper Dating Online
In this episode, Ken Page, psychotherapist and author of “Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy” returns to Psych Up Live to tell us about his new Deeper Dating Online site. Ken will describe how his work with countless people in groups and workshops on Deeper Dating inspired him to consider an online site. He will review the story behind the website in terms of the tenets of Deeper Dating like recognizing and honoring our core values; the difference between attractions of deprivation and attractions of inspiration; the Seven Rules of Deeper Dating and more. He will share with you what it means to translate Deeper Dating into a shared online place with others. You will find this to be an informative and very interesting show.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Encore: 'Soldier On: Life After Deployment' - An Inside Look at a New Documentary'
In this podcast, Filmmaker Susan Sipprelle of “Set for Life” and “ Over 50 and Out of Work” comes to Psych Up Live on the Variety Channel of Voice America to discuss her important documentary, “ Soldier On: Life After Deployment.” This feature length documentary chronicles with honesty and humor the challenges that three post-9/11 female veterans face readjusting to civilian life after their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Susan Sipprelle is joined on the show by one of the female veterans featured in the film, Natasha Young. In the back and forth with host, Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Sue Sipprelle will discuss the reason that she chose to make this documentary and the impact of sharing the personal journeys of these veteran women. Veteran Natasha Young offers the personal view of her painful and challenging journey to assimilate back into today’s society and her new mission of working with veterans at home.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Encore The Proven Benefits of Self-Compassion in Daily Life
In this episode Dr. Kristin Neff, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, draws upon her personal introduction to self-compassion, her years of pioneering research, and her book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, to offer listeners an understanding of this powerful but often misunderstood and overlooked resource. In an interesting and useable way she defines self-compassion and compares it with self- pity and self-esteem. She demonstrates the power of self-compassion to enhance self-knowledge and motivation and describes and exemplifies its use of self-kindness, human connection and mindfulness to offset self-criticism and the trap of self-loathing. To hear Kristin Neff, is to receive an insider’s understanding of a powerful resource for coping, healing and growing in every day life. Self- Compassion is within our grasp.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Encore Why Do People Feel Fear and Attraction to Horror Movies, Haunted Houses, Creepiness and Clowns?
In this show, Dr. Frank McAndrew, social psychologist and the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, takes on the questions many of us have pondered-Why do we pay to be scared by horror movies? Why do stories of Hunted Houses persist and intrigue us? What makes clowns loveable to some and terrifying to others? Are some people more likely to see ghosts than others? As someone who has studied and researched aspects of creepiness and horror, Dr. McAndrew offers a perspective you are not likely to find anywhere else. You will learn about the psychological mechanisms behind “creeped out” the “agent detection mechanism” tripped by haunted houses, the factors that might account for the “ sensed presence” of another and other paranormal experiences. Buckle up and listen in to a fascinating show.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
From Frontier Days to Present Day: The Search for Love Through Personal Ads and Online Sites
In this episode, author Francesca Beauman draws upon her interesting and well researched book, Matrimony, Inc. to invite us to consider that from Frontier Days, through Wars, Industrialization and Immigration, people have been advertising for love. Replacing matchmaking, personal ads, from a homesteader looking for a wife “ Must have teeth!” to a “ Genteel male seeking a wife,” a woman wanting a husband- “not beyond middle age, perfectly sober,” to profiles on Match.com or swipes on Tinder, the requests may look different but actually reflect many similar themes, cautions, hints and needs. What is different today is the degree of speed, choice and options for everyone. Relevant to the way needs have shaped the personal ads, Francesca will consider dating during the COVID epidemic. We will ask her advice on effective personal ads and online profiles and how to tell if someone you can only meet online through facetime, phone calls or safe distanced meetings might be a worth pursuing.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
An Insider Look at the Message of “ BARS” by Pravin Wilkins at Four Walls Theater
Four Walls Theater is a grassroots socially responsible theater that produces new plays with diverse artists from around the country. Their upcoming show is the world premiere of “BARS,” a drama by Pravin Wilkins. On Psych Up Live, we are privileged to have an insider look with producer, directors, playwright and cast. We start with Elana Gartner, Founder and Producer and Gina Marie Dropp, the Artistic Director of Four Walls, who discuss the relevance and mission of this virtual theater during COVID and the reason for their choice of “ Bars.” Playwright Pravin Wilkins joins us to discuss his award-winning play in the light of oppressive social issues like the power of prosecutors to shape how laws are applied, to whom, and to what ends. Director Heather Harvey joins us to consider this play with respect to civic engagement at this time, and antiracism in our political engagement. Actress Janan Ashton considers her role as a female activist in personal and broader terms.
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Encore Worry No More! 4 Steps To Stop Worrying And Start Living
In this episode, bestselling author and speaker Bruce Van Horn shares the ingredients of his important new book, Worry No More! 4 Steps To Stop Worrying And Start Living. With wisdom and humor this “recovered worrier” draws upon the best practices of experts and integrates them with what he has practiced on a daily basis in his own life. Crystalizing a way out of “ Worry” in 4 interesting and effective steps, he invites you to join him in living life instead of worrying about it.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
How Do We Cope With Two Epidemics – COVID-19 and Violence
We face a time of misinformation and ongoing fear of the COVID-19 Virus which has already taken the lives of 200,000 in the US. Concurrent with that is the fear, provocation and the reality of violence as economic hardship, racial oppression and political division fuel dissent. We are essentially fighting two epidemics. In this show, Dr. Gary Slutkin, epidemiologist recognized for reversing contagious diseases like TB, Cholera and AIDS across the globe and Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, ranked 1st among organizations devoted to reducing violence, addresses the epidemics we are facing. Dr. Slutkin will weigh in on the Corona Virus in terms of his perspective on susceptibility, exposure, incubation, spread, testing, and prevention. Just how safe can we be? He will be asked if we can reduce current violence in this country. Is there a relationship between COVID-19 and Violence? Can the Cure Violence model be applied in the face of systemic racism and political dissent?
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Encore Blended: Personal Stories of the Stepfamily Experience
In this episode, Samantha Waltz, the author of the powerful book, Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience and three of her wonderful contributing writers, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Gigi Rosenberg, and Emma Kate Tsai will share their personal experiences of being parents or children in stepfamilies. As three of the thirty professional writers who share their blended experience in this book, their voices convey more than the facts or dynamics of stepfamilies. They convey in a personal way the challenges of connection, the promise and pain of children who have lost parents from divorce or death, the fears of rejection and expectations of stepparents and the reasons for laughing, crying and celebrating. As the stories move from the “ Coming Together” of blended families to stories of “Acceptance” they broaden the understanding of stepfamilies and offer guidance, compassion and hope.
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Preventing Physician Suicide – Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation
This show deals with a dangerous but unknown reality – According to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention, 300 to 400 doctors in the US die by suicide each year. That is more than double the rate of the general population. Why? In this show Corey Feist, JD, health care executive and Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation brings us up close and personal to the causes and necessary actions for prevention of physician suicide. He will share the story of Dr. Lorna Breen, an experienced ER doctor at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital who worked with COVID-19 patients, contracted COVID, returned to work and ultimately died by suicide. Her story illuminates the dangerous expectations internalized by medical professionals, the understandable reality of burnout, depression, moral injury and the stigma of mental health needs and treatment. He will discuss the exacerbation of this reality by COVID-19 and consider steps for protection and care of those who care for us.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Encore The Relationship Between Suicide Prevention and Gun Safety
In this episode, Dr. Michael Anestis, clinical psychologist, and award winning researcher discusses his powerful book, Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic. Dr. Anestis is not advocating for or against gun ownership. What he is advocating for is prevention of firearm suicides. Funded by the Department of Defense through a program known as the Military Suicide Research Consortium, Michael Anestis collected and will share findings like the fact that each year the majority of gun deaths in the US are suicide deaths – more than homicide, mass shootings or terrorism. He will address the lethality of a gun when there is suicidal thinking and consider myths and theories of suicide including the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (ITS) and the Three Step Theory. Central to his goal, Dr. Anestis will define the use of “means safety” for suicide prevention and the importance of taking a public health approach to firearm suicide prevention.
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