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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

    • Society & Culture

The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    The Science Of Self Awareness - Dr Tasha Eurich, PhD

    The Science Of Self Awareness - Dr Tasha Eurich, PhD

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    Dr. Tasha Eurich, PhD is an organisational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She contributes to Harvard Business Review and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, Forbes, and Fast Company, as well as peer-reviewed journals. Her TED talks have been viewed more than three million times, and in 2019 she was named one of the top 30 management thinkers by Thinkers50, as well as the world's number one self-awareness coach by Marshall Goldsmith. In this episode, we discuss Tasha's research into the psychology of self awareness, how it is a skill that can be learned, and how you can use Tasha's insights to increase your self awareness, and improve just about any area of your life.

    If you're interested in expanding your knowledge of self awareness further, please click the button below to learn more about Tasha's groundbreaking online course which was discussed in the interview: https://thefuturereadyleader.com/friends/

    This interview was recorded as part of our 2020 Holistic Change Summit, which featured sessions with 25 world-leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and authors, who shared their latest evidence-based approaches to behaviour change.

    If you're interested in getting lifetime access to all 25 sessions, please click here for more info: http://bit.ly/hcs-2020

    • 44 min
    Gabor Maté, Richard Schwartz & Marc Lewis - Rethinking Addiction

    Gabor Maté, Richard Schwartz & Marc Lewis - Rethinking Addiction

    In this meeting of the minds discussion, we’re joined by three of the world’s leading experts on addiction: Dr. Gabor Maté, Dr. Richard Schwartz, and Professor Marc Lewis.

    Although their backgrounds vary widely, with Gabor initially training as a medical doctor, Richard as a family therapist and Marc as a developmental psychologist and neuroscientist, all three of them have reached similar conclusions in their understanding of, and approach to treating addiction.

    In a lively and wide-ranging discussion, we explore:
    - Why do we need to approach problems with addiction not by asking: "what's wrong with it?", but instead by asking, “what's right with it?"
    - Why both the ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘disease’ models of addiction are both fundamentally flawed and harmful (from a scientific point of view)
    - The root causes
    - How the internal family systems (IFS) model can improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying addiction
    - How Gabor Maté’s Compassionate Inquiry approach can help heal addictions by simply asking the right questions from a place of compassion and genuine curiosity
    - Why IFS therapy may be one of the most effective approaches out there for working with addictions.
    And more.

    You can learn more about each speaker’s work via the selected links from this episode.

    Links:
    Marc’s website: https://memoirsofanaddictedbrain.com

    Marc’s blog post series on using IFS to treat addiction: https://www.memoirsofanaddictedbrain.com/connect/redressing-addiction-internal-family-systems-therapy/

    Memoirs of an Addicted Brain - Prof Marc Lewis: https://amzn.to/2ZGBjy5

    The Biology of Desire - Prof Marc Lewis: https://amzn.to/3aBhVsB

    Gabor’s Compassionate Inquiry Training: https://compassionateinquiry.com/online-training/

    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Dr. Gabor Maté: https://amzn.to/3ajx3JV

    The Wisdom of Trauma Documentary: https://wisdomoftrauma.com/

    Gabor’s website: www.drgabormate.com.

    IFS Institute Website: https://ifs-institute.com/

    IFS Institute Online Circle: https://bit.ly/ifs-online-circle

    IFS Annual Conference: https://ifs-institute.com/annual-conference

    Greater than the Sum of Our Parts - Dr. Richard Schwartz: https://amzn.to/3lnJNFJ

    The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der Kolk: https://amzn.to/3oGf20Z

    What Happened to You - Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce Perry: https://amzn.to/2YwcNSC

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Humanistic Approaches To Change - Professor Mick Cooper

    Humanistic Approaches To Change - Professor Mick Cooper

    Professor Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the fields of humanistic, existential and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Learn more about Professor Cooper's work here: https://mick-cooper.co.uk

    In this session, we discuss humanistic approaches to change, the key research findings in psychotherapy, and how you can apply them to make lasting changes in your life and work.

    This interview was recorded as part of our 2020 Holistic Change Summit, which featured sessions with 25 world-leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and authors, who shared their latest evidence-based approaches to behaviour change.

    If you're interested in getting lifetime access to all 25 sessions, please click here for more info: http://bit.ly/hcs-2020

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    • 41 min
    The Overview Effect, Psychedelics & Self Transcendence - David Yaden, Frank White & Annahita Nezami

    The Overview Effect, Psychedelics & Self Transcendence - David Yaden, Frank White & Annahita Nezami

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    In this ‘Meeting of the Minds’ session, we explore the transformative potential of “The Overview Effect” and Self Transcendent experiences - both for individuals and society at large. You’ll learn about the effects these experiences have on those who undergo them, including astronauts who view the earth from space for the first time, and people experimenting with psychedelics. Specifically, we discuss the therapeutic potential of self-transcendent experiences, what might be happening in the brain while we are having them, and how modern technology (including Virtual Reality) may enable us to enjoy the benefits of self-transcendence, without having to leave the Earth.

    The speakers for this session were Dr Annahita Nezami, Frank White, and Dr David Yaden.

    Annahita is a counseling psychologist providing psychological consultation, assessment and therapy to organisations, individuals, and couples. Her areas of interest include space psychology, higher states of consciousness, wellbeing, performance, neuropsychology and trauma. She is also the founder of VR Overview Effect; the first tech-based multi-sensory company that designs and researches treatments based on the self-transcendent experience of the Overview Effect.

    Frank White is a space philosopher who has authored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration, climate change, and artificial intelligence. His best-known work, “The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution”, is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration, and the fourth edition was published earlier this year. A film called “Overview,” based largely on his work has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo.

    Dr David Yaden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine working in The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. His research focus is on the psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of spiritual, self-transcendent, and positively transformative experiences triggered with psychedelic substances and through other means. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how these experiences can result in long-term changes to well-being and how they temporarily alter fundamental faculties of consciousness such as the sense of time, space, and self.

    His scientific work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR.

    Links:

    Annahita’ website: https://annahitanezami.com/

    Frank’s website: https://frankwhiteauthor.com/

    David’s website: https://davidbryceyaden.com/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Schema Therapy: An Introduction - Dr Susan Simpson

    Schema Therapy: An Introduction - Dr Susan Simpson

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    In this interview, Clinical Psychologist Dr Susan Simpson provides an accessible introduction to some of the core ideas, concepts, and developments from the exciting field of Schema therapy. Initially developed by Dr Jeffrey Young in the mid-1980s, Schema therapy is an integrative, unifying and evolving approach which brings together the best of many different fields including Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and attachment theory, into one innovative framework.

    Susan has over 20 years of experience using schema therapy with complex clinical problems and personality disorders. She has completed advanced certification as a trainer and supervisor both in Schema Therapy and Group Schema Therapy. Susan completed her advanced schema therapy training with Dr. Jeffrey Young, and she has extensive experience in the application of the schema therapy model with complex adult difficulties, eating disorders and personality disorders. She has provided schema therapy workshops and supervision for psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals for over 10 years both within the public and private health settings. You can learn more about Susan’s work and her upcoming trainings at: http://www.schematherapyscotland.com/.

    Links:

    Reinventing Your Life - Dr Jeffrey Young: https://amzn.to/3BdksEw

    Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns: https://amzn.to/3wUU3rP

    Susan’s BPS Webinar: https://youtu.be/2rqS6tLbnzs

    Susan’s website: http://www.schematherapyscotland.com/

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    Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    • 51 min
    Post Traumatic Growth (after COVID-19) – Dr Sousan Abadian

    Post Traumatic Growth (after COVID-19) – Dr Sousan Abadian

    For many, facing the existential threat of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has been a shared traumatic experience – a kind of collective trauma. What exactly is collective trauma, what are the different kinds, and what effects do they have on us? How can they impact our beliefs and narratives, and how do posttraumatic narratives and beliefs perpetuate collective trauma going forward? How might we instead be able to utilize this period as a time of emotional and social enrichment, even while we may be experiencing anger and grief? Synthesizing both academic research on trauma and lessons from indigenous teachers, Sousan will be sharing a concrete framework for developing capacities that will not only allow us to heal but create new potentialities for ourselves and our communities going forward.

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    Dr. Sousan Abadian earned a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, an M.P.A. in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and an M.A. in the Anthropology of Social Change and Development, also from Harvard University. Her earlier research on healing the effects of long-standing collective trauma and cultural damage, a key contributing factor in violence and impoverishment, was described by Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen as “pioneering” and “highly original.” She now has an independent practice teaching, speaking, and consulting internationally on leadership, innovation, culture change, and her A.R.I.A. principles. 

    She builds on her earlier work at Cambridge Leadership Associates facilitating workshops and speaking on Adaptive Leadership. Between June 2017-June 2019, Dr. Abadian served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Her portfolio included preventing violent extremism, rights of religious minorities in the Middle East and South Asia, gender issues, atrocity prevention, and cultural restoration.  She has also served as a Fellow at M.I.T.’s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values as well as at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. More information can be found at www.sousanabadian.com

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    Links:

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    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/ 

    - Dr Sousan’s website: https://www.sousanabadian.com/

    • 1 hr 33 min

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