92 episodes

*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*

Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

Potential Psychology Ellen Jackson

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*

Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

    A quick catch up: The latest news from Potential Psychology HQ

    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'.

    • 13 min
    Finding Antifragility in a World Afraid of Failure

    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 Twitter


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    If 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: antifragile@drpaigewilliams.com

    • 47 min
    Adapting to Change with Professor Andrew Martin

    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

    • 50 min
    Self Care Is The New Health Care With Suzy Reading

    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 & author


    I'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

    • 50 min
    Screen Time Strategies In A Global Pandemic with Martine Oglethorpe

    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 Oglethorpe

    Life 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

    • 58 min
    The Perks and Pitfalls of Working from Home with Dr Joe Sweeney

    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

    • 1 hr 3 min

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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An excellent podcast

Ellen is an outstanding podcaster. Her topics are relevant and fascinating.

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Always interesting and entertaining

Highly recommend this podcast series- I never miss an episode. The interviews are always insightful and I learn something new from every episode. Ellen always chooses guests who are knowledgeable and entertaining, and her interview style is warm and friendly, which brings out their best. I especially enjoyed the recent episode on motivation, which was jam packed with practical and useful information. Thanks Ellen, love your work.

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My favourite podcast!

Thank you Ellen for your amazing podcast and weekly guests. I am grateful for the effort you put in to finding the most fascinating people to speak to. They are all so generous and passionate about sharing their knowledge.
I have a love of learning and I learn a pearl of wisdom from each one! 🙏🙏😊

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