191 episodes

The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    Radical Honesty, The Future Self, & Transforming Consciousness — Dr. Martha Beck, PhD

    Radical Honesty, The Future Self, & Transforming Consciousness — Dr. Martha Beck, PhD

    Dr. Martha Beck is a Harvard-trained sociologist, New York Times Bestselling Author, and world-renowned coach.

    She has published ten books, including Finding Your Own North Star, Diana Herself, and The Way of Integrity, which this interview focuses on.

    Expect to learn:

    — How Martha’s Near Death Experience radically altered her trajectory in life

    — The incredible psychological benefits of radical honesty

    — How to tap into your right brain when creating a vision for your life

    — Martha’s view on the purpose of human life

    And more.

    You can learn more about Martha’s work, books, and courses at marthabeck.com.

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    Martha Beck's journey began with dreams of academia, but life led her to motherhood and Harvard degrees. Embracing rest, she found her calling as an author and life coach. With "The Way of Integrity," a New York Times Best Seller, she empowers readers worldwide. As president of Martha Beck, Inc., she speaks globally, offering workshops and coaching through Wayfinder Life Coach Training. Martha's mission centers on ending suffering, promoting integrity, compassion, inclusion, and antiracism. Her work fosters a more just, compassionate world. You can learn more about Martha’s work, books, and courses at https://marthabeck.com.

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    — Martha Beck’s website - https://marthabeck.com

    — Martha Beck’s books - https://amzn.to/4digxJk

    • 1 hr
    Dr Iain McGilchrist - A Divided Brain and an Addicted World: The Missing Link?

    Dr Iain McGilchrist - A Divided Brain and an Addicted World: The Missing Link?

    In this insightful episode, Dr McGilchrist discusses how his hemispheric hypothesis may help to account for the widespread addiction in our society. Dr McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer, who is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context. He is the author of several books, including the international bestseller: “The Master and His Emissary”, and most recently: “The Matter with Things”.

    In this conversation, we explore:

    — The extent to which we may be entering into the third major decay of Western civilisation and how Dr McGilchrist’s hemisphere hypothesis may help to account for this

    — The differences in how the two hemispheres attend to the world and how we are becoming an increasingly left-hemisphere dominated society

    — The three most important ingredients for holistic human flourishing

    — Dr McGilchrist’s views on the “sacred” and whether or not we can view values such as goodness and truth as being embedded into the structure of being itself.

    And more.

    You can learn more about Dr McGilchrist’s work by going to: www.channelmcgilchrist.com

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    Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Psychiatrist and Writer, who lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of North West Scotland. He is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains. He was formerly a Consultant Psychiatrist of the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Trust in London, where he was Clinical Director of their southern sector Acute Mental Health Services.

    Dr McGilchrist has published original research and contributed chapters to books on a wide range of subjects, as well as original articles in papers and journals, including the British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He has taken part in many radio and TV programmes, documentaries, and numerous podcasts, and interviews on YouTube, among them dialogues with Jordan Peterson, David Fuller of Rebel Wisdom, and philosopher Tim Freke. His books include Against Criticism, The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning, and Ways of Attending. He published his latest book: The Matter With Things, a book of epistemology and metaphysics. You can keep up to date with his work at https://channelmcgilchrist.com.

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    6 Books Dr McGilchrist Recommends Every Therapist Should Read:

    — The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World - Dr Iain McGilchrist - https://amzn.to/3IUXPKn

    — The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World - Dr Iain McGilchrist - https://amzn.to/3oOSFIW

    — Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the light of modern art, literature, and thought - Louis Sass - https://amzn.to/3qpm5Og

    — The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind - Louis Sass - https://amzn.to/3N6ct3Q

    — The Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics - Henri Bergson - https://amzn.to/43DMC8O

    — Lived Time: Phenomenological and Psychopathological Studies - Eugène Minkowski - https://amzn.to/45IyuNG

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Donald Hoffman — Consciousness, Mysteries Beyond Spacetime, and Waking up from the Dream of Life

    Donald Hoffman — Consciousness, Mysteries Beyond Spacetime, and Waking up from the Dream of Life

    Professor Donald Hoffman is a cognitive neuroscientist and the author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence and The Case Against Reality.

    He is best known for his theory of consciousness, which combines evolutionary theory with mathematics to make a compelling case that the reality we see every day is an illusion created by our minds.

    In this conversation, we explore:

    — The groundbreaking scientific research being conducted by physicists into the “structures” beyond spacetime

    — Donald’s theory of conscious agents

    — The implications his theory of consciousness has for our understanding of the purpose of life

    And more.

    You can follow Donald on Twitter @donalddhoffman - https://x.com/donalddhoffman



    Prof. Donald Hoffman, PhD received his PhD from MIT, and joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1983, where he is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence, and The Case Against Reality. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Edge, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Scientific American and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. You can watch his TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?” and you can follow him on Twitter @donalddhoffman.

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    Interview Links:

    — Prof Hoffman’s profile: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff

    — Prof Hoffman’s book: https://bit.ly/3SCwTTA

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Attachment & Emotionally Focused Therapy - Dr Sue Johnson

    Attachment & Emotionally Focused Therapy - Dr Sue Johnson

    Dr Sue Johnson was the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and a pioneer in adult attachment and couples therapy, who sadly passed on April 23, 2024.

    With over 30 years of peer reviewed clinical research demonstrating its effectiveness, Dr Johnson received several awards for her contribution to the development of EFT, including the Order of Canada and the Family Psychologist of the Year from the American Psychological Association.

    She was the best selling author of several books, including “Hold Me Tight”, which has sold over one million copies worldwide and helped countless couples improve their relationships.

    You can learn more about Dr Johnson’s pioneering work by visiting: https://drsuejohnson.com and EFT training at https://iceeft.com.

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    Dr. Sue Johnson was a leading innovator in the fields of couple therapy and adult attachment. She was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Sue has received numerous awards acknowledging her development of EFT, including the APA’s “Family Psychologist of the Year” in 2016 and the Order of Canada in 2017.

    Her best-selling 2008 book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love has taught countless couples how to enhance and repair their love relationships. It remains one of the best-selling relationship help books on the market today. It has since been adapted into a workshop format.

    Sue’s 2014 book, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the latest understanding of why and how we love, based on scientific evidence and cutting-edge research.

    You can learn more about Dr Johnson’s pioneering work by visiting: https://drsuejohnson.com and EFT training at https://iceeft.com.

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    Timestamps:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:31 - Therapy Beyond Bargaining
    09:49 - Relationships in the Digital Age
    20:37 - Relationship Therapy
    35:00 - Relationship Change
    43:17 - Attachment & Emotional Well-being
    49:01 - Mental Health Impact
    52:53 - Emotion-Focused Therapy

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    3 Books Dr Johnson Recommends Every Therapist Should Read:

    Attachment in Adulthood, First Edition: Structure, Dynamics, and Change - https://amzn.to/42xt6LU

    A Secure Base - https://amzn.to/497ax3W

    Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships - https://amzn.to/4bwCJ1C

    Interview Links:

    — Dr Johnson’s website - http://drsuejohnson.com/

    — EFT training - https://iceeft.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Find the Work that Makes You Come Alive - Jonathan Fields

    Find the Work that Makes You Come Alive - Jonathan Fields

    Jonathan Fields is an award winning author, entrepreneur, webby-nominated producer, and host of one of the world’s top podcasts - the Good Life Project.

    He has been featured in outlets including: The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, and FastCompany.

    His most recent book: “Sparked” provides a simple framework for helping individuals to discover the work that makes them come most fully alive, and it is the focus of this conversation.

    You’ll learn:

    — Jonathan’s philosophy of “Maximum Sustainable Generosity” and how this helps him to avoid burnout

    — The 10 “Sparketypes” and how Jonathan’s assessment can provide deep insights into the work that you find most meaningful and energising

    — The relationship between your primary sparketype, shadow sparketype, and anti-sparketype

    — Why thinking small and an experimental mindset are vital if you want to make a meaningful impact in the world.

    And more.

    You can learn more about Jonathan’s innovative work at jonathanfields.com and take the assessment at https://sparketype.com.

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    Jonathan Fields—the Good Life Guy—delivers insights that spark purpose, possibility, and potential. On a decades-long quest to discover what makes people come fully alive, Jonathan is an award-winning author, Webby-nominated producer, business innovator, and host of one of the world’s top podcasts, Good Life Project. The Wall Street Journal named Good Life Project one of the top self-development podcasts, and Apple featured it on-stage during its legendary annual product event. Jonathan is featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, FastCompany, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, CNN, The Guardian, O Magazine, SELF, Allure, Outside, Elle, Vogue, Fitness and thousands of other outlets.

    In addition to writing award-winning and bestselling books like SPARKED: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes Us Come Alive, How to Live a Good Life and Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance, Jonathan has founded several companies with a focus on maximizing human potential. The most recent is Spark Endeavors, where he is the chief architect and driving force behind the world’s first purpose, engagement, and flow archetypes–the Sparketypes®. This powerful tool has been tapped by over 600,000 individuals and organizations, generating more than 30-million data-points and a rapidly growing body of stories, use-cases, applications, and insight-based solutions to help transform how we work, lead and live. On the live or virtual stage, Jonathan captivates with eye-opening ideas, stories, and science. He draws not just from his own experience, but also the wisdom of the many global visionaries he’s interviewed, along with insights from the vast data-set generated by the Sparketype Assessment. It all adds up to a rare ability to take audiences on a joyful journey of discovery. Jonathan’s unique insights and solutions inspire people to put what they learn into action.

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    Interview Links:

    — Jonathan’s website - https://www.jonathanfields.com

    — Jonathan’s books - https://amzn.to/3wdZQOd

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Diversity, Dreamwork, & Intersectionality in Therapy - Dr Dwight Turner

    Diversity, Dreamwork, & Intersectionality in Therapy - Dr Dwight Turner

    Dr Dwight Turner is a psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Brighton University, and the author of “Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy”. He is one of the world’s leading experts on how privilege, otherness, and intersectionality impact therapeutic practice, and in this conversation we discuss:

    — What is intersectionality and why it’s vital for therapists to become aware of

    — The concept of otherness, how we often “other” ourselves to fit in socially, and the damaging effect this has on the human psyche

    — How dream work can provide illuminating insights for identifying aspects of ourselves we may have othered

    — How most of us have some of privilege, why it’s not inherently a bad thing when used in the service of others, and also the situations in which it becomes toxic

    And more.

    You can learn more about Dr Turner’s work by going to: dwightturnercounselling.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @Dturner300.

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    Dr Dwight Turner is a psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Applied Social Science at Brighton University. Dr Turner casts an intersectional lens on privilege, supremacy, otherness and social justice. He was invited to deliver the keynote presentation at the BACP’s ‘Working with Diversity’ Conference in 2019.

    His blog post – “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” addressed the anguish and the action that has risen from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and has been widely read by UK and US therapists. Dr Turner’s book: ‘Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy:’ was published by Routledge in 2021. You can keep up to date with his work and latest blog posts at: https://dwightturnercounselling.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @Dturner300.

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    Interview Links:

    — Dr Turner’s website: https://www.dwightturnercounselling.co.uk

    — Dr Turner’s book: https://amzn.to/3APOMqj

    3 Books Dr Turner Recommends Every Therapist Should Read:

    — Queering Psychotherapy - Jane Czyzselska: https://amzn.to/3UZJFeG

    — Black Identities White Therapies - Colin Lago and Divine Charura: https://amzn.to/3V64GUY

    • 49 min

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