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My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.

My Pocket Psych: The Psychology of the Workplace Dr. Richard A. MacKinnon

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My Pocket Psych is all about the psychology of the workplace. Each episode, we'll examine the world of work and explore a topic through the lens of psychology. We'll aim to give listeners tips to help improve their experience of work - moving from surviving to thriving! My Pocket Psych is brought to you by WorkLifePsych Ltd and hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon and Pilar Orti.

    Ep 157: Present moment awareness

    Ep 157: Present moment awareness

    In this second part of our series on how to develop your psychological flexibility, we look at the importance of being in the present moment, and minimising 'mental time-travel'. Richard and Ross look at some of the unhelpful ways our attention and focus are pulled from the here and now, along with some simple ways you can start to develop your capacity to just notice.
    We make the distinction between day-dreaming and all the benefits this can bring, and unwanted mental time-travel, where we can get taken to worrying imagined futures. It's the unwanted mental time-travel that takes us away from the present moment, and the opportunities for action it offers us.
    Don't forget, you can join us for a free online Q&A session on April 30th. Simply sign up for the WorkLifePsych online community to find all the details and RSVP for the event. It's free to join!
    All the resources for this series can be found at https://www.worklifepsych.com/psychologicalflexibility 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 35 min
    Ep 156: Psychological Inflexibility

    Ep 156: Psychological Inflexibility

    This is the first of a new series of the podcast where we focus on the skills that develop our psychological flexibility. Richard is joined by fellow psychologist Ross McIntosh, the host of the excellent People Soup podcast. 
    In this episode, they discuss what psychological flexibility is, what it feels like to experience psychological inflexibility, and what you can expect from the remainder of this series. 
    You can find the full show notes for this episode at https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/156 and discover more about psychological flexibility at https://www.worklifepsych.com/psychologicalflexibility 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 35 min
    Ep 155: Pitfalls to avoid when it comes to values

    Ep 155: Pitfalls to avoid when it comes to values

    In this episode, Richard is joined by fellow coaching psychologist Lucie Ilbury for a look at the common pitfalls to avoid when it comes to our values. 
    Shownotes for this episode can be found at https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/155 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 37 min
    Ep 154: Navigating deadlines

    Ep 154: Navigating deadlines

    In this episode, we take a look at deadlines and how to handle them effectively. Whether it's a deadline we've been given, or one we've decided upon ourselves, they can either be a motivating target or a mark in the calendar that fills us with dread. So we look at some of the ways we can make our deadlines actually work for us. 
    Full show notes can be found at: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/154
    Thanks for listening! 

    • 28 min
    Ep 153: Why can't I stick to my habits?

    Ep 153: Why can't I stick to my habits?

    In our last episode. Richard and Rachael explored some of the reasons goals and goal-setting can work against us and make behaviour change even more difficult. 
    This time round, Richard outlines some of the common reasons we can find it hard to stick to new habits. Full show notes for this episode can be found at https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/153 
    And if you'd like to watch this episode as a video, you can find it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RiRhu1hrC48 
    Thanks for listening!

    • 20 min
    Ep 152 - The dark side of goals

    Ep 152 - The dark side of goals

    In this episode, Richard is joined by Dr. Rachael Skews for a conversation about goals, goal-setting and the downside of focusing too much on goals. 
    You can find the full show notes for this episode by visiting our website: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/152
    Thanks for listening! 

    • 50 min

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