*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!
Smashing the Stigma Around Mental Health at The Mind Room with Jo Mitchell
"Go and see a psychologist because you want to be premium" - Dr Jo Mitchell
In our world the number 100 is of great significance. 100 is the basis of percentages, 100° Celsius is the boiling point of pure water at sea level, currencies use 100 subunits to make 1 unit, and a score of 100 in school is the perfect score!
Today we're excited to celebrate our 100th episode with a very special guest. We return to our roots by welcoming our first ever guest Dr. Jo Mitchell back to the show. Jo is the Director & Co-Founder of The Mind Room in Melbourne. She is a clinical and coaching psychologist who works with professionals and performers in sport, small business and creative industries. She is passionate about building lives with meaning. She and her team at The Mind Room believe that "if people know more about how their minds work, they suffer less and live more meaningful, connected and satisfying lives". As Jo and I discuss in this conversation, that's a philosophy that we share and one that made Jo the perfect person with whom to celebrate 100 episodes; where we've come from, where we've been and where we are going.
In this episode, Jo and I talk about:
•The changes, growth, and new contributions of the Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Science community
•How The Mind Room came to be and what drives it
•Why shared spaces and collaboration are important not only for clients but for psychologists as well
•The role of community in happiness and wellbeing
•How we can smash the stigma around mental illness by doing things differently
•What the wellbeing landscape looks like under lockdown
•The future of Wellbeing Science and practice and those who are taking the field into the future.
Thank you so much for sharing 100 episodes of the Potential Psychology Podcast with us. This conversation is a celebration of who we are and why we do what we do; to help us all to fulfill our potential. Listen in and please let me know what you think - and stay tuned for news about what's next for the Potential Psychology Podcast.
Onwards and upwards,
Where can you find Jo:
Resources mentioned in this episode:
The Indigo Project
Working In Your Zone of Genius with Kristy Smith
"The key thing is to know if it's in your 'zone of genius' or if you could actually hand that down to someone who can do it 10x faster. Let go of the need for control."
In this wonderful discussion my guest and I are talking work and business but not in terms of targets, revenue and turnover. We're talking about being human at work and the critical role that values, connection and heart play in getting things done and feeling good about what we do.
My guest is Kristy Smith, the energetic and inspiring Founder, Director & Driver of Virtual Elves, an outsourcing and business support team that serves small to medium sized businesses - including Potential Psychology - to do really fulfil their potential. As Kristy says, 'You have to let go to grow' - a philosophy that has helped me greatly here at PP.
In this episode, we talk about:
•The long and fascinating history of Virtual Elves and how Kristy was working with a work-from-home team well before the pandemic
•What is a Virtual Assistant, who needs one and how do they help small businesses to grow and small business owners to stay sane?
•Learning to let go and delegate in order to be more productive. An important life lesson.
•How Kristy got into the business of helping people and providing virtual support to others
•Building trust and camaraderie within a virtual community
•Uncovering your "zone of genius" and how that works across cultures and organisations
•The joys of working from home and understanding how disruption has lead to exciting breakthroughs in the way we work
•How working with remote teams has brought people closer and kept businesses afloat
Where can you find Kristy:
Resources discussed in this episode:
Test Your Level of Self Compassion
Dr Kristin Neff on The Healing Power of Self Compassion - The Psychology Podcast
Examining the "Power Posing" Phenomenon with Tom Loncar
"At its core, this study emphasises that our bodies are important. Anything that gets you out of your head and creating an in-the-moment kind of awareness is a powerful and useful thing. Physical awareness is an extra option and options have value."
Scientific research, especially in the psychological sciences, is rarely linear. There is no definitive answer and, as with most things, context is important. This is evident in the conversations that have sparked around 'Power Posing' or the idea that body positions can change the way you think and feel.
My guest today's guest is Tom Loncar, executive coach, writer, researcher on leadership psychology and mindset and founder of "Grow Gravitas." In a recent article for the British Psychological Society Tom examined power posing's 10-year journey and the role that it has played in social science research. It's a great article about a fascinating topic - whether small postural adjustment make us feel more powerful when facing stressful situations. But while power posing is interesting in its own right, it has an even more fascinating back story that sees it embroiled in psychology's replication crisis'.
Listen in to hear Tom and I geek out about:
•Power posing: What it is and why it took the world by storm.
•Why there is rarely a 'silver bullet' for behaviour change.
•How Tom got started in his in-depth research by diving down rabbit holes.
•A short but long history of embodiment or 'embodied cognition' and how our bodies influence our emotions.
•The role Power Posing played in behavioural science's 'replication crisis'.
•Where the dialogue is now for 'power posing' and where it might take us next.
About our guest:
In addition to his work as an executive coach and researcher, Tom is also a regular contributing writer on leadership for the Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine. His articles have covered a wide variety of topics examining leadership growth and the often unseen barriers that can get in the way of doing what matters.
Where to find Tom:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/TomLoncar
LinkedIn - https://linkedin.com/in/tloncar
Resources mentioned in this episode:
A Decade of 'Power Posing': Where Do We Stand? by Tom Loncar
Does "Power Posing" really work? ABC Radio interview with Tom Loncar
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
TEDTalk: Your body language may shape who you are with Amy Cuddy
Smiling does make you happier - under carefully controlled conditions
Assessing the Robustness of Power Posing
Social Sciences Replication Project
When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy
How to Thrive with Marie McLeod
"Thriving is not a spectator sport. Sometimes, showing up is enough but you have to hold yourself and other people in your space accountable for thriving. Find the balance between grit and grace. Know when you need to dig in deep or when you need to fall back with self compassion."
In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast we're exploring the science of what is right about the human experience and how positive psychology can progress the conversation about mental ill-health in our community. My guest is Marie McLeod, Director of Thriveability and the guiding force behind the upcoming documentary, 'How To Thrive: practical guide to happiness.' in which she coaches 10 volunteers with mental health issues to help them learn 'how to thrive.'
In this episode, Marie and I discuss:
•How the documentary come about - the magic of synchronicity!
•Mechanisms and tools that help us get through difficulties.
•The BEACON model of wellbeing and how to use it.
•Self-compassion and finding the balance between 'grit and grace.'
•Exploring the capacity to thrive despite struggle - documentary participants' real life stories.
•Why Marie was inspired to use the documentary format and an exclusive peak behind the scenes of the "How To Thrive" project.
You can watch the trailer to the magnificent documentary "How To Thrive" here.
Where can you find Marie:
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Food Isn't Medicine by Dr Joshua Woolrich
Past episodes discussing Acceptance - Dr. Laura Braid, Eric Winters, Dr Patricia Zurita-Ona, Dr Diana Hill
About How To Thrive
How to Thrive: a practical guide to happiness - Trailer
Website (coming soon!)
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How to Flourish Outside Your Comfort Zone with Dr. Diana Hill
In today's show we're getting curious about psychological flexibility - the skill of not getting sidetracked or bogged down when difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations arise.
Exploring How Hypnosis Can Unlock the Power of the Mind with Erika Flint
"Most humans have been training for anxiety their whole life. We live in a mostly anxious society where it's all about hustling, getting straight A's...it's just really stressful. So (our) brain is designed for an anxious life. If we give our brain the practice in relaxing every single day, it's gonna get better at it." - Erika Flint
When we think of hypnosis we often imagine the magician with a swinging pocket watch. But hypnosis is more than a stage act. It's a genuine psychological therapy that helps us access deeper parts of our minds. Yet many of us still fear it. Today's guest is here to dispel common media misrepresentations and myths surrounding hypnosis.
Erika Flint is a Board Certified Hypnotist and Accredited Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor. Her lifelong goal is to help bring hypnosis into mainstream healing and thinking.
In this episode, we talk about:
•What is Hypnosis and how does it work
•Dispelling fears surrounding hypnosis with science based facts
•How much is our behaviour driven by our subconscious
•How is hypnosis different from mindful meditation
•Is there such a thing as self-hypnosis?
•What is "hypnotic suggestion"?
•How can hypnosis help with stress management, goal attainment, high performance, and wellbeing
•How long does it typically take to realise results from hypnotherapy
•Are there any risk associated with hypnosis
•Where to start if you want to get hypnotherapy
Erika is also the author of the best-selling books "Reprogram Your Weight" and "Lighter", that combines leading edge hypnosis techniques with client success stories of weight loss.
Where to find Erika:
Website - https://cascadehypnosiscenter.com/
Books by Erika Flint:
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
Practical and thought provoking
Relevant, insighftul, must-listen eps. The kind of podcast where you go back to ep 1 and listen to every single show. Thanks Ellen for your great range of topics and worthy guests.
An excellent podcast
Ellen is an outstanding podcaster. Her topics are relevant and fascinating.
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.