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90. Dr. Paul Gilbert on Tricky Brains, Caring, and Living Like Crazy

Our human brains have evolved to be quite “tricky.“ They have the capacity to provide compassionate caring and also callous destruction.  Dr. Paul Gilbert offers hope: “We get to decide which evolved part of us runs the show.” In this interview, Dr. Gilbert, father of Compassion Focused Therapy, discusses “caring psychology” — a psychology that integrates evolution science, attachment theory, mindfulness, neuroscience, and Jungian archetypes. This approach offers a coherent model to alleviate human suffering. 

Listen and Learn:

‧ How our tricky brains are a mismatch for our modern day environment 

‧ The difference between seeking safety and feeling safe

‧ Why our minds loop and what to do about it

‧ Caring psychology and hope for our planet

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88. Perfectionism with Sharon Martin

Do you set unrealistically high expectations for yourself and others? Are you goal driven, always busy, and have a hard time relaxing? Do you avoid making mistakes? And when you do, do you dwell on them? If so, you may be a perfectionist. . . 

Underneath perfectionism is a desire for approval and to connect. Yet, perfectionists often find themselves disconnected from their values and fearing of other’s judgment. In this episode, Diana interviews Sharon Martin, LCSW, expert on perfectionism, about the underpinnings of perfectionism and CBT strategies to let go of your self-critic and find more balance.

Listen and Learn:

‧ the key signs of perfectionism

‧ how and why perfectionism develops

‧ the dark side of perfectionism

‧ strategies to unhook from and challenge perfectionism thinking

‧ CBT techniques to change perfectionistic patterns

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87. Cribsheet with Dr. Emily Oster

Dr. Emily Oster joins Yael to discuss her new book, Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth to Preschool. Emily discusses how data and decision-making strategies can guide better and more relaxed parenting during the early years of parenthood. Join us to discover reassuring ideas and practices to address the biggest and most anxiety-provoking questions you have about parenting.

Listen to hear more about:

‧A two-step approach to making good parenting choices (hint—scientific findings and your personal preferences both matter!)

‧Whether breast is really best (or whether we should give it a rest)

‧What science (versus your judgy neighbor) says about sleep training, location, and position

‧Does working outside the home negatively impact your children?

‧How to make good choices for childcare without losing your mind

‧The best parenting advice Emily ever received

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86. Mom Brain with Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco

Dr. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco joins Yael for a conversation about how evidence-based psychology can help moms deal more effectively with stress. If you, too, have complicated feelings about being #grateful and/or wanting to sell your child to the highest bidder, join us for a conversation about managing the emotional challenges of parenthood.

Listen to discover:

· The normal range of maternal emotions

· How to recruit helpful support

· How to clarify your values as a parent

· Strategies for better self-care

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85. Emotion Efficacy with Dr. Aprilia West

Having emotions is part of being human. At times we may find emotions overwhelming or act ways that are out of alignment with our values when we are emotionally triggered. In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. Aprilia West about how to increase our emotion efficacy and why it matters.

Listen and learn:

‧ Why we are so different in how we experience emotions

‧ Skills needed for emotion efficacy

‧ How to surf an emotion wave

‧ What Diana is overwhelmed by this week and how to use emotion efficacy skills to help

‧ The components of Emotion Efficacy Training

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82. Clinician's Corner: Therapist Self-Doubt with Jim Lucas

As therapists, we may sometimes doubt whether our skills are good enough to help our clients. Surprisingly, self-doubt may actually be useful, when used courageously as a tool for improvement. In this episode, Debbie speaks with Jim Lucas, a therapist in the UK who specializes in training and supporting mental health professionals. They discuss:

‧ The upside of self-doubt

‧ The surprising relationship between therapist self-doubt and client outcomes 

‧ Balancing how to find self-compassion with the courage to improve your work 

‧ A brief self-inquiry exercise that can be used to foster healthy therapist self-doubt

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80. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics with Jeff Warren

In this episode, author and meditation expert Jeff Warren reveals the art, science, and fun of meditation for the fidgety skeptics among us. 


If your interest has been piqued by the buzz around meditation but you haven’t been able (or willing) to develop a meditation practice, then check out Yael’s conversation with Jeff Warren. Jeff is the co-author of the recent best seller, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. In this episode, Jeff discusses:

‧What “counts” as meditation (hint: satin cushions, an empty mind, and major life changes are not required).

‧ Why equanimity is the “super juice” of meditation. 

‧ The benefits (and drawbacks) of incorporating technology into a meditation practice.

‧ How Jeff deals with intense emotions and fidgety-ness in his own meditation practice.

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79. Thriving In Adolescence with Dr. Louise Hayes

How can we help adolescents develop skills to live well and reach their full potential? In this episode, Debbie talks to Dr. Louise Hayes, co-author of The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection, about her developmental approach to adolescents that moves them from surviving this challenge time to thriving. 

You’ll learn about: 

‧The unique developmental tasks of adolescence

‧Why adaptive risk-taking is necessary and important in adolescence

‧How the skills of Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor and Vitality (DNA-V) help adolescents develop flexible strength

‧What matters most for parents of teenagers

‧Why adolescents are sunsets…not problems to be solved

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78. The Self-Driven Child with Dr. William Stixrud

According to neuropsychologist Dr. William Stixrud, parents should be their kids’ consultants not their managers. When we spend our time trying to control our kids, we weaken them and exhaust ourselves. In this episode, Diana talks with Dr. Stixrud about how to support healthy development, self-motivation, and emotional resilience in our kids.

Dr. Stixrud shares:

‧Why giving kids more sense of control sets them up to thrive

‧A more effective approach to homework battles, technology use, and underage drinking

‧The parenting magic of the words, “It’s your call”

‧How to prepare your kids for college (and it’s not practicing SAT’s!)

This episode is a game changer for parents and clinicians, but, of course, “It’s your call” if you want to listen!

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