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We are four experts in psychology, bringing you science-backed ideas that can help you flourish in your work, relationships, and health.

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We are four experts in psychology, bringing you science-backed ideas that can help you flourish in your work, relationships, and health.

    The Brain-Gut Connection with Megan Riehl

    The Brain-Gut Connection with Megan Riehl

    If you want the best guidance for your GI issues without exclusive access to a top-tier medical team, join us in this episode with Megan Riehl, co-author of Mind Your Gut: The Science-Based Whole-body Guide to Living Well. You’ll discover how this book brings science-based strategies, and exercises straight to your home, offering tools rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy to manage GI symptoms effectively. Learn about accessible resources and the profound impact of a multidisciplinary team on your health. Tune in to unlock these valuable insights and improve your well-being!

    Listen and learn: 

    The expansive scope of the gastrointestinal (GI) system and the spectrum of GI conditions

    Why the gut is often called the second brain, and how its powerful connection with the brain influences our health in surprising ways

    How stress and anxiety fuel GI symptoms and create a cycle of worsening health

    The "Dream Team" of GI care

    Treating GI with cognitive reframing and decreasing behavioral avoidance

    Is clinical hypnotherapy effective for treating IBS and how does it work?  

    How a "gentle diet cleanup" can transform gut health—before you dive into restrictive diets

    The risks of gut pseudoscience on your gut health 

    How the gut microbiome could revolutionize precision medicine



    Mind Your Gut: The ScienceBased, Whole-body Guide to Living Well



    The Gut Health Podcast Kate Scarlata and Megan Riehl

    Nerva: IBS & Gut Hypnotherapy 


    About Megan Riehl 
    Dr. Megan Riehl is a clinical health psychologist, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of GI Behavioral Health at the University of Michigan. Her research and passion for education have resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications, leadership roles, and lectures. This year, together with digestive health expert Kate Scarlata, they co-authored Mind Your Gut: The Science-based, Whole-body Guide to Living Well with IBS and launched The Gut Health Podcast. 

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    222. Living With Food Allergies with Tamara Hubbard

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    30. Nutritional Psychology (Part 2) – Eating for Brain Health with the MIND Diet with Diana and Debbie

    29. Nutritional Psychology (Part 1) – How food impacts mood, cognition and brain health with Diana and Debbie

    39. Chronic Pain with Adrianne Sloan

    170. A Gift For You. Soothing Rhythm Breathing (re-release)

    177. Mind-Body Practices for Stress and Overwhelm with Rebekkah LaDyne

    334. Our Polyvagal World with Stephen & Seth Porges

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    Worrying Is Optional with Ben Eckstein

    Worrying Is Optional with Ben Eckstein

    If worry is your constant companion, take heart—you're in good company. Let's clear something up: worrying is as human as breathing. Everyone does it, and sometimes it even helps. But when worry transforms into a monster that steals your sleep, scrambles your thoughts, and holds your decisions hostage, that's when we’ve got a problem. If this sounds familiar, you’ll want to hear this conversation with Ben Eckstein where we unpack his book, Worrying Is Optional: Break the Cycle of Anxiety and Rumination That Keeps You Stuck. Tune in to learn how to navigate the cycle of worry and find a balanced approach to life's uncertainties.

    Listen and Learn: 

    The fundamental distinction between "worry" and "worrying" 

    How did worrying become part of our human operating system, and when does it stop being helpful?

    Why don't our brains dismiss anxiety and focus solely on problem-solving, instead of reinforcing fear patterns?

    How to master the skills to coexist with anxiety and thrive despite it

    Unexpected insights from "Legend of Zelda" to explain the nuanced approach needed to treat anxiety

    The importance of having compassion for the future version of you


    Worrying Is Optional: Break the Cycle of Anxiety and Rumination That Keeps You Stuck

    Website: www.bullcityanxiety.com

    Instagram: @bullcityanxiety

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bullcityanxiety

    About Ben Eckstein
    Ben Eckstein, LCSW is a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD, Anxiety, and OC-Related Disorders. Ben honed his specialty in OCD while working at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute in Boston. He's now the owner and director of Bull City Anxiety & OCD Treatment Center in Durham, North Carolina. Ben is the vice president of OCD North Carolina, the NC state affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. In addition to his clinical work, Ben is a speaker, trainer, and author. His first book, Worrying is Optional: Break the Cycle of Anxiety and Rumination That Keeps You Stuck, was published in 2023.

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    Adult Bullies and High Conflict People with Bill Eddy

    Adult Bullies and High Conflict People with Bill Eddy

    Ever had to deal with someone who just seems impossible to reason with? You know, the kind of person who always blames others and seems to turn every minor disagreement into a conflict? If you've been there, you’ll want to check out this episode with Bill Eddy, Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute and an expert in understanding high-conflict personalities and dealing with adult bullies. We talk about the characteristics of high-conflict individuals, the psychological impact on their victims, and effective strategies from his book Our New World of Adult Bullies: How to Spot Them -- How to Stop Them to navigate these relationships. Tune in and empower yourself with concrete tools and expert advice to diffuse high-conflict behavior effectively and change how you handle bullies in your life!

    Listen and Learn: 

    Identifying the four main traits of high-conflict personalities 

    Do all individuals with personality disorders fit the high conflict profile?

    How to identify if you have a relationship with someone with a high-conflict personality

    The differences between adult bullies and child bullies

    What is the primary motivation for bullying behavior? 

    The surprise attack tactic bullies often use and how you can be less vulnerable to them

    What is a negative advocate, and how do people end up in that role?

    Using the BIFF method in communication to avoid blame cycles and maintain constructive dialogue

    Why you should never label the behavior of a high-conflict person or bully? 

    Combating bullying in political and online realms and why this demands societal action through education and setting boundaries



    Connect with Bill @highconflictinstitute on socials:




    It's All Your Fault! The High Conflict Institute Podcast

    Psychology Today Blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/5-types-people-who-can-ruin-your-life

    Bill’s books: 

    Our New World of Adult Bullies: How to Spot Them -- How to Stop Them

    5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life: Identifying and Dealing with Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-Conflict Personalities

    Biff: Quick Responses to High-Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns

    Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    About Bill Eddy: 
    Bill Eddy is Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, California. He trains lawyers, judges, mediators, and therapists throughout the United States and a dozen other countries in managing high-conflict family, workplace and legal disputes. He is the author of over 20 books and manuals and has a popular blog on PsychologyToday.com.

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    Dudes and Dads: Men's Mental Health with Danny Singley

    Dudes and Dads: Men's Mental Health with Danny Singley

    We know how demanding fatherhood can be and how often your mental well-being takes a backseat. For this episode, we bring you the practical advice and encouraging perspectives of Dr. Danny Singley, an award-winning psychologist, to discuss the often-overlooked topic of men's mental health and fatherhood. Danny, who is the director of the Center for Men's Excellence, helps us understand the unique mental health challenges men face, especially during the transition to fatherhood. Expect valuable insights into men's help-seeking behaviors, the importance of addressing emotional needs, and strategies for fostering deeper male friendships. Whether you are a man, a father, or simply want to learn how to support the men in your life better, tune in to learn how we can all take steps toward promoting mental well-being in men.

    Listen and Learn: 

    Why discussing men's mental health, challenging stereotypes, breaking through societal expectations, and promoting a more inclusive understanding are crucial in today's cultural climate

    How men's mental health presents differently

    The balance between independence and interdependence for adult males and the challenge of seeking emotional connection beyond their partners

    How societal expectations influence men’s reluctance to seek help until prompted by others

    How today's fathers are pioneering new ways to be engaged parents despite lacking role models and battling societal standards and cultural norms to be more present and engaged parents

    The surprising hormonal changes in new fathers, the realities of postpartum depression and anxiety, and why paternal mental health deserves much more attention


    The Center for Men's Excellence

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    About Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP Bio:
    Danny Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley won the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Division on Men & Masculinities. He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and is currently the President of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and the President’s Advisory Council for Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and trick his two teenage sons into activities so they can’t escape his annoying shrinky questions. 

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    The Laws of Connection with David Robson

    The Laws of Connection with David Robson

    Feeling disconnected in a world that's more connected than ever? Then our guest David Robson's insights couldn't be more timely. Through over 300 high-quality studies, he uncovers the scientific explanations behind building strong social bonds. Join us to hear about the shared realities that truly bond us, discover why authenticity is key to forming genuine connections, learn practical tips to navigate the complexities of social interactions, and how to overcome the fear of sharing too much. Tune in for a deep exploration of building a strong social network as we uncover David’s book, The Laws of Connection. 

    Listen and Learn:

    How David’s outgoing nature conflicted with his shyness, hindering his ability to make new friends, and new research on optimizing connections motivated him to write a book on social connections

    The concepts of shared reality and the liking gap, and how these phenomena form the foundation of effective communication and connection

    Moving beyond superficial conversations to forge meaningful connections through intentional shared realities

    Embracing "defocusing" to improve interactions by recognizing external influences beyond your control

    Balancing curiosity and self-disclosure in conversations for genuine connection

    The dynamics of requesting help and the mutual benefits of genuine altruism



    The Laws of Connection: The Scientific Secrets of Building a Strong Social Network




    About David Robson
    David Robson is a science writer and author based in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has worked as a feature editor at New Scientist and as a senior journalist at the BBC, and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and many other publications. His previous book, The Expectation Effect, won the British Psychological Society Book Award for 2022. His latest book is The Laws of Connection: The Scientific Secrets of Building a Strong Social Network (Pegasus)
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    Evolution and Human Nature with Sam Wilkinson

    Evolution and Human Nature with Sam Wilkinson

    What is the meaning of life? And what role does evolution play in our search for purpose? Join us in a conversation with Dr. Samuel Wilkinson, author of "Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existence." We cover some big, philosophical questions that don't have clear answers but are so important to ponder. Our modern fears, our overactive stress responses, and the age-old struggle between good and evil—all these layers make up the complex human experience. Sam’s take on how our evolutionary history impacts our present-day lives is fascinating. So, wonderful listeners, tune in and reflect on these big ideas, and as always, we invite you to share your thoughts and takeaways. 

    Listen and Learn: 

    How Sam’s personal struggle with the meaning of life intersected with scientific inquiry and ultimately led to him writing Purpose

    Can you believe in evolution while maintaining religious or spiritual faith?

    The importance of understanding genetics in the context of evolution

    Exploring multi-level selection by redefining "survival of the fittest" across genes, individuals, kin, or groups, and discussing the implications for social traits and human nature

    The tension between altruism and selfishness

    How much of human aggression is rooted in biology versus culture?

    Do environmental factors and expectations influence testosterone levels?

    Compelling evidence from psychology that our thoughts influence our behaviors 

    The significance of family relationships in shaping our sense of meaning and purpose



    Samuel Wilkinson, MD - Yale School of Medicine

    Connect with Sam on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-wilkinson-1863875a

    About Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD
    Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His articles have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been the recipient of many awards, including Top Advancements & Breakthroughs from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; Top Ten Psychiatry Papers by the New England Journal of Medicine, the Samuel Novey Writing Prize in Psychological Medicine (Johns Hopkins); the Thomas Detre Award (Yale University); and the Seymour Lustman Award (Yale University). He is the author of Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply about the Meaning of Our Existence (Pegasus; March 5, 2024).

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