29 episodes

'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Gabriel Ellis. in essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

The Curious Min‪d‬ Gabriel Ellis

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'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Gabriel Ellis. in essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

    29. What is the experience of living abroad?

    29. What is the experience of living abroad?

    Living abroad is challenging and rewarding: a new culture, language, and adventure, but also potential isolation, stress, misunderstandings, and bureaucratic obstacles. In this conversation with recruitment specialist and digital nomad Christopher Schauf we make complex observations on personal and shared experiences of living abroad.

    Check out Christopher at https://www.recruitingresults.de

    For comments, questions and requests contact me at https://www.elliscounselling.com or https://www.facebook.com/elliscounselling

    • 58 min
    28. My Eight Years as an Expat Therapist

    28. My Eight Years as an Expat Therapist

    I look back on eight years as an expat therapist, the specific challenges expats face and why I have developed a particular approach to work with them.

    For therapy sessions, comments, and suggestions visit my website https://www.elliscounselling.com
    Or contact me here: https://www.facebook.com/elliscounselling/

    • 13 min
    27. We're Really Good at Self-Criticism

    27. We're Really Good at Self-Criticism

    The 'Inner Critic' is a common mental judge for many people. This function of the so-called 'Super-Ego' is well-known yet still needs more clarification. I distinguish two types of Super-Ego and Inner Critic: One is the 'Ideal Self' and makes us do things we ultimately enjoy. The second is the 'Ought Self' which makes us do things out of self-imposed obligation and duty - in best case such a fulfillment leads to pride but not to a vital joy and satisfaction.

    For therapy sessions, comments, and suggestions contact me here: https://www.facebook.com/elliscounselling/

    • 1 hr
    26. ‘Good’ Hopelessness and Spiritual Death

    26. ‘Good’ Hopelessness and Spiritual Death

    In spiritual literature we often find an odd positive spin on ‘hopelessness’ and ‘death’. Both are usually horrifying experiences and we would be mad to seek them out. But then those spiritual teachers seem to insist on their spiritual values. This can easily be misunderstood – if we went into these states of mind without good preparation they would indeed have a devastating effect. What they mean is something else: When they say ‘Hopelessness’ it means ‘taking responsibility for my life, and not hoping that someone or something else will come to my rescue’. And when they portray ‘death’ in a positive light then it means either to let go of old dysfunctional parts of myself, or to come to terms with the fundamental impermanence in our lives.

    For online therapy visit https://www.elliscounselling.com or https://facebook.com/elliscounselling/

    • 57 min
    25. Focus vs Exploration

    25. Focus vs Exploration

    In this conversation with tech entrepreneur and overall curious mind Adrian Avendano we explore general strategies to life: When is it useful to stay focused on a topic (e.g. at work) and possibly become rigid, and when is it better to explore freely with the danger to become unproductive and lost? We explore the nature of flow states and how these states of unified freedom can infuse our lives with a sense of general satisfaction.

    You can check out Adrian at
    https://adrianavendano.medium.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/c/adrianavendano

    • 1 hr 1 min
    24. Facing Deficiencies with Emotional Detachment

    24. Facing Deficiencies with Emotional Detachment

    Even when we are not consciously interested in personal development we have to overcome difficult situations in which we are confronted with our limitations. Be it at work or in our personal life - we reach the end of our wits, and then we typically say or do something stupid, or feel inadequate, or embarrass ourselves. Some of these experiences of insufficiency can haunt us. Next to psychological approaches also meditation practices can bring relief in such cases, because in meditation we learn to emotionally detach from these painful memories. But if we 'meditate well' do we stop caring? Does then also our motivation vanish to actually change our behavior, to learn, and grow?

    For online therapy visit https://www.elliscounselling.com or https://facebook.com/elliscounselling/

    This episode starts a series of conversations about Buddhism-based psychology, loosely based on the book "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chödrön.

    • 51 min

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