35 episodes

“The elements of our being are really an interwoven fabric of the physical, emotional, and mental selves. The beauty lies in the individual character of each as well as the essence of the collective whole.”

In this podcast, Michael Moody, the author of Redefine Yourself, dissects and explores the minds and habits of psychologists, filmmakers, writers, and industry icons. Essentially, he examines the mental and emotional narratives and processes that steer the social stream of consciousness….Truly a chance to geek out over the psychology behind human behavior. Each episode is a glimpse into the trends and patterns of human behavior and the underlying influences that navigate us into different directions. Whether Michael primarily focuses on nutrition or the unconscious, guests share insights, thought-provoking lessons, the nuances of creativity, and the elements of being….us.

The Elements of Being Podcast Michael Moody

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 45 Ratings

“The elements of our being are really an interwoven fabric of the physical, emotional, and mental selves. The beauty lies in the individual character of each as well as the essence of the collective whole.”

In this podcast, Michael Moody, the author of Redefine Yourself, dissects and explores the minds and habits of psychologists, filmmakers, writers, and industry icons. Essentially, he examines the mental and emotional narratives and processes that steer the social stream of consciousness….Truly a chance to geek out over the psychology behind human behavior. Each episode is a glimpse into the trends and patterns of human behavior and the underlying influences that navigate us into different directions. Whether Michael primarily focuses on nutrition or the unconscious, guests share insights, thought-provoking lessons, the nuances of creativity, and the elements of being….us.

    #35 - Designing Your New Work Life | Dave Evans

    #35 - Designing Your New Work Life | Dave Evans

    Today, I'd like to introduce you to Dave Evans, the Codirector of the Stanford Life Design Lab and a co-founder of Electronic Arts, one of the world's largest interactive entertainment companies. He also led the design of Apple's first mouse and laser printer and has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
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    Recently, Dave and his colleague, Bill Burnett, coauthored the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your New Work Life....and it served as the foundation of our conversation. It's a job-changing, outlook-changing, life-changing book that shows us how to transform our new uncharted work lives and create a meaningful dream job. With new insights on making our way through disruption-large and small, personal or global-the book helps us navigate during these times of fear and anxiety about the unknown and through our post-COVID work lives and beyond.
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    Specifically, we discuss their Disruption Design with a focus on curiosity, reframing, radical collaboration, awareness, bias to action, and storytelling. We also learn how to make possibilities available even when our lives have been disrupted, examine the tools to enjoy the moment, and begin to prototype our future.
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    In this episode, we specifically discussed:

    -How to redesign our professional lives with unknown disruptions in mind when we've already invested in a specific path.
    -How to break the chain of working endlessly without satisfaction and "doing whatever it takes" modeled by our parents and society.
    -How to approach the dilemma of serving life of purpose for less pay or settling for a higher wage at a less satisfying job.
    -Design thinking and the benefit of applying this mode of thinking to our professional lives.
    -The importance of curiosity in our professional lives.
    -Prototyping new positions and experiences while serving a current position.
    -How we can reframe our current position to change our work experience or career trajectory.
    -A distinction between reframing and renaming our work experiences.
    -The benefits of radical collaboration.
    -The foundation of great storytelling.
    -The best exit strategies.

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    To learn more about Dave Evans and his book, visit https://designingyour.life..

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #34 - The Lens of a Positive Psychologist During a Crisis | Dr. Itai Ivtzan

    #34 - The Lens of a Positive Psychologist During a Crisis | Dr. Itai Ivtzan

    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Itai Ivtzan, a positive psychologist, a Professor at Naropa University, and the School of Positive Transformation Director. Over the past 20 years, he has run seminars, lectures, workshops, and retreats in the USA, UK, and worldwide at various educational institutions and private events. In addition, Dr. Itzvan is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and has published five books and more than 50 journal papers and book chapters. His main areas of research and teaching are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality.
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    Accordingly, Dr. Itzvan has invested much time in studying mindfulness academically, writing books about it, teaching it, and training mindfulness teachers. As part of his work, he established the School of Positive Transformation, offering practical well-being courses for practitioners, teaching them how to transform themselves and their clients and students.
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    In our interview, we examine the lens of a positive psychologist during a period of crisis. Dr. Ivtzan shared his personal struggles during the onset of the pandemic, and we discussed how to practice empathy when in conflict with family and friends and compassion for loved ones who hurt us. We also dive into the meaning we assign to such disruptions like the recent pandemic and destructive wildfires in Colorado, as well as the role of meditation and mindfulness in our well-being.
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    In this episode, we discussed:
    -The lens of a positive psychologist during a crisis.
    -Making sense of crisis.
    -Sitting with ourselves when our physical states are threatened.
    -The dialogue regarding collective trauma in the positive psychology community.
    -Feeling compassion for others when we've been hurt by even those who love us.
    -Practicing empathy when experiencing fiery divisions between family, friends, and people we don't know.
    -The role of mindfulness in building resiliency.
    -The reasons why solitude is vital to our mindfulness.

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    To learn more about Dr. Itai Ivtzan, visit https://schoolofpositivetransformation.com.
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    • 40 min
    #33 - Systematically Building a Regenerative Future | Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

    #33 - Systematically Building a Regenerative Future | Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Brenna Simmons-St. Onge, the Executive Director of The Alliance Center. She is a pragmatic visionary with over 15 years of leadership experience, including a decade in corporate social responsibility. During the pandemic, Brenna launched the Regenerative Recovery Coalition-a coalition with over 335 members working together to build Colorado towards a regenerative future. Through large public-private partnerships, Brenna is leading the Coalition to create equitable social structures that will foster shared prosperity on a healthy planet. As a dynamic change agent, Brenna leads with a nonprofit heart and a business mind leveraging holistic approaches to implement and scale solutions to some of the largest issues humanity faces.
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    In our interview, we break down the concept of a regenerative future and the individual and social efforts required for systems-level change, as well as the gap between idealism and pragmatism. We also examine how to secure the attention of policymakers and corporations and how they should rethink and measure success and growth within a capitalist system.
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    To learn more about Brenna Simmons-St. Onge, visit https://www.thealliancecenter.org/.
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    If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/Itunes? It takes less than 60 seconds and other listeners and guests definitely appreciate them! You can also make a monetary contribution to help us with our mental health and environmental advocacy on www.theelementsofbeing.com.

    • 44 min
    #32 - Growing a New Future of Farming and Food Equity | Dr. Damien Thompson

    #32 - Growing a New Future of Farming and Food Equity | Dr. Damien Thompson

    Today, I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Damien Thompson, the co-founder of the organization, Frontline Farming, and director of the Center for Food Justice and Healthy Communities.
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    In addition to his training in anthropology, Dr. Thompson holds a certification in Permaculture Design and a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. His interests center on the building of community food systems, small-scale urban food production, developing community and cultural practices related to food and medicine, teaching and learning in education, and permaculture. Dr. Thompson has a keen interest in how communities can utilize traditional and modern information and practices to build food systems that uplift marginalized and oppressed peoples, restore ecosystems, build biodiversity, support cultural diversity as well as provide individuals and families with the highest level of access to the means to support their own health (and we talk quite a bit about these topics today). I should mention that Dr. Thompson is also a mayor-appointed member of the Sustainable Food Council for the City of Denver, and a co-chair for the city’s Good Food Purchasing policy group. No doubt, he plays a significant role in the necessary trend of regenerative agriculture and our future connection to food.
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    In our interview, we bridge his education in anthropology to his farming practice and social work as the co-founder of Frontline Farming. Specifically, we geek out on the fundamentals of farming and the benefits of permaculture and a regenerative agriculture focus. We further dissected the social challenges surrounding food security, justice, and sovereignty as well as the equitable changes needed in our food system.
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    During our interview, we specifically discussed:
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    -Frontline Farming's mission.
    -Advantages and disadvantages of regenerative agriculture practices with a focus on no-tilling/conservation tilling, water conservation, terracing, and cover crops.
    -Inequality in our present food systems and the need for changes in food security, food justice, and food sovereignty.
    -The connection between big data, food systems, and racial equity.
    -The importance and repercussions of the language we use in our discussion about food systems and the policy that supports them.
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    To learn more about Dr. Thompson, visit https://www.frontlinefarming.org/.
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    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please complete our podcast sponsorship form: https://www.theelementsofbeing.com/psychology-podcast-contact-us.
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    If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/Itunes? It takes less than 60 seconds and other listeners and guests definitely appreciate them! You can also make a monetary contribution to help us with our mental health and environmental advocacy on www.theelementsofbeing.com.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #31 - Understanding our Emotional Regulation (and Self-Injury in Adolescence) | Research Scientist Dr. Whitlock

    #31 - Understanding our Emotional Regulation (and Self-Injury in Adolescence) | Research Scientist Dr. Whitlock

    In today's episode, I examine emotional regulation and self-injury in adolescence with research scientist, Dr. Janis Whitlock. She has worked in the area of adolescent and young adult mental health, resilience, and wellbeing for over 30 years. She is dedicated to bridging science, practice, and lived experience wisdom in ways that inform, enhance and support the human capacity to thrive. She has experience as a frontline provider and program developer and, for the past two decades, as a researcher, educator, author, and public speaker in these and related areas.
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     As the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and the co-founder of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, she has deep expertise in areas of self-injury and related mental health challenges, including suicide, depression, and anxiety. She has also studied and written about connectedness, resilience, the role of social media in mental health and prevention, and sexual health. She earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, a Masters of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
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     During our interview, we discussed:
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     -The call to understand our emotional selves.
     -Common emotional regulation strategies.
     -Learning the value of awareness and detachment when appropriate.
     -The concept of emotional dysregulation and how it contributes to the cycles in our lives.
     -Rethinking the role of controlling our thoughts and emotions.
     -How emotional regulation strategies can vary among populations.
     -Connection between emotional regulation and adolescent and young adult mental health challenges.
     -Emotion as an allowable part of your life.
     -Reasons for the classification of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide cases.
     -Assumptions and reasons for self-injury among adolescents
     -Patterns of adolescent self-injury and the likelihood of the same patterns in adulthood.
     -The role of social media and other technological affordances in mental health and development.
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     To learn more about Dr. Whitlock, visit https://www.human.cornell.edu/people/jlw43 and check out her book “Healing Self-Injury: A Compassionate Guide for Parents and Other Loved Ones.”
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    You can also make a monetary contribution to help us with our mental health and environmental advocacy on www.theelementsofbeing.com.

    • 58 min
    #30 - The Dynamics of Marriage During a Pandemic | Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lavelle

    #30 - The Dynamics of Marriage During a Pandemic | Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lavelle

    Today, I’d like to introduce the very talented, Dr. Sera Lavelle, owner of NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy and co-founder of the soon-to-be-launched mindful eating app, Bea Better Eating. It’s practically a sin that we didn’t discuss her current project in great detail (especially with my interest in our relationship to food and the psychology of our eating behaviors). Instead, we took a deep dive into the role of hypnosis in the clinical setting and the intriguing dynamics of marriages and conflict resolution. A fitting topic as everyone reflects on their relationships during the last 12 months of the pandemic.
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    Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Lavelle, is an expert in using hypnosis and integrative therapy for weight loss, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility, and relationship issues. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and Adelphi University where she taught Psychology of Sex and Gender and Psychology from a Multi-Cultural Perspective. Dr. Lavelle’s work with eating disorders has been highly recognized, with articles about her and her team appearing in Forbes, Prevention, Elle Magazine, NY Times, and NY Magazine.
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    In our interview, we discussed hypnosis and the broader implications for one's inability to reach a hypnotic state as well as its integrative role in the restoration of a failing marriage. We also dissect the fair expectations in the marriage dynamic, maladaptive patterns that lead to the most conflict and sustained tension, the idea of “settling down,” and the new relationship challenges experienced during the shelter-in periods of the pandemic.

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    To learn more about Dr. Lavelle, visit https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/dr-sera-lavelle. Check out her latest project, Bea Better Eating, on https://www.beabettereating.com/, as well.

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    • 39 min

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