66 episodes

Welcome to The Confident Mind: the weekly Podcast of www.overcomingsocialanxiety.com, in which psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald explores the science, news and reality behind the use of mindfulness to help overcome social anxiety, social phobia and shyness. As well as having a relaxed and sometimes lighthearted look at the research into and the reasoning behind mindfulness, Kyle offers a series of practical exercises to help you learn the skills to become more confident.

The Confident Mind - Social Anxiety Podcast Kyle MacDonald - Psychotherapist

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    • 4.7, 3 Ratings

Welcome to The Confident Mind: the weekly Podcast of www.overcomingsocialanxiety.com, in which psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald explores the science, news and reality behind the use of mindfulness to help overcome social anxiety, social phobia and shyness. As well as having a relaxed and sometimes lighthearted look at the research into and the reasoning behind mindfulness, Kyle offers a series of practical exercises to help you learn the skills to become more confident.

    REPOSTED: The World in Black and White

    REPOSTED: The World in Black and White

    First, apologies for not posting a new episode for a while.  Don’t worry, there will be more to come, but I’m involved in a big side project right now which has taken up all my extra time.  The Confident Mind will be back in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime…

    In this weeks episode of The Confident Mind I talk about what black and white thinking is, how it drives certain kinds of behaviour and the problems it can cause.  I talk about how all or nothing approaches: right and wrong, fair and unfair, tends to lead to fighting with reality, unhelpful emotions and a lack of acceptance.  A short mindfulness exercise that helps with acceptance is included.

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

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    • 20 min
    REPOSTED: Getting Stuck in Sadness

    REPOSTED: Getting Stuck in Sadness

    This week on the Confident Mind I talk about sadness and how one of the ways that depression happens is when we get stuck in sadness, and allow it to define our sense of ourselves. I discuss research that shows that when we practice mindfulness meditation it decreases our tendency to define ourselves by our emotions, and allows our experience of different feelings to just come and go.

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

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    • 17 min
    I, Robot

    I, Robot

    Have you ever felt like a robot? Like you’re responses are automatic, and out of your control?  This week on The Confident Mind I talk about how our emotional programming in childhood can leave us feeling as if we are trapped in certain patterns and ways of responding, and how mindfulness and therapy can enable us to re-program the script.

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

    The post I, Robot appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

    • 18 min
    Don’t Look Up

    Don’t Look Up

    This week on The Confident Mind I talk about how our tendency to “look up” at those who have more, creates anxiety and unhappiness.  In capitalism and western society our tendency to strive and want to be more successful fuels anxiety and insecurity, and ultimately creates “status anxiety.”  I talk about how to consciously switch off to advertising, and use mindfulness skills to create gratitude and satisfaction with what we already have.

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

    The post Don’t Look Up appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

    • 19 min
    REPOSTED: How to Increase Your Wellbeing: Interview with Aaron Jarden

    REPOSTED: How to Increase Your Wellbeing: Interview with Aaron Jarden

    On The Confident Mind this week I spoke with Aaron Jarden.  Aaron is a Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, President of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study and co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index.

    We talked about how to measure wellbeing, and the research into happiness and wellbeing.  Aaron talked about the different ways of understanding how to measure wellbeing, and the impact of positive psychology on how we understand happiness and meaning.

    To see more about Aaron see: www.aaronjarden.com

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

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    • 17 min
    What is reality?

    What is reality?

    What is reality?  It’s a philosophical question.  Are we, like in the film “The Matrix”, all living in a computer simulation?  This week on The Confident Mind I discuss how our perception of reality is unlikely to be a computer simulation, but however is nonetheless different for all of us.  And may be limited by our own perceptions, feelings and past experiences. Mindfulness helps us be more aware of reality, and over time re-define it for ourselves.

    To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program

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    • 18 min

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