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Extraversion

Today is all about extraversion, the opposite end of the scale to introversion.

Or is it?
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Anniversary Reactions

Episode 220: Anniversary Reactions

An increase in distress around the anniversary of a traumatic event is often called an anniversary reaction.
It can range from feeling mildly upset for a day or two to more extreme reactions where someone experiences significant psychiatric or even medical symptoms.
The good news is that we know when it's coming!
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Anhedonia. When everything is "Meh".

Anhedonia is a symptom of many problems where the brain simply doesn't allow pleasure to exist.
Often described as "An array of deficits in hedonic function" Anhedonia will even switch pleasure seeking off. Because there's no point in trying to do anything pleasurable because it doesn't make you feel any better anyway.
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Disclosing Issues

Because mental health problems are invisible they aren't talked about in quite the same way as physical health problems. But there may be people in your life that need to talk about their mental health. You might need to talk too.
So how do we do that?
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Kindness

Kindness is often linked with better mental health. It helps us to feel connected to others, creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation.
But I say there's a time and a place for it, and it might not be now and it might start closer to home.
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Resting vs Procrastination

Sometimes our urge to procrastinate is because we're overwhelmed with everything and we need rest.
Other times we're just being lazy!
Today we explore a little about how to tell the difference.
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 219: Happiness In A Depressing World

When the oceans are filling with plastic, the cost of living is high and everyone seems to hate each other it's not easy to be the optimist and promote happiness.

So what can we do?
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 218: Comparison

"Comparison is the thief of joy" said Theodore Roosevelt over a hundred years ago.
He knew it then and we all still know it now. But do we actually remember that when the time comes?
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 217: Forgive and Forget

The dictionary defines "to forgive" as this: Verb. To stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for an offence, flaw, or mistake.
But language evolves. And maybe, to you, forgive and forget doesn't mean letting go of something so as to feel better. It means forgive the abuser and forget the victim. And it shouldn't.
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Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Andrea McLean

I was recently contacted by TV legend Andrea Mclean. Andrea has been working in the media for years but recently made the decision to take her life in a different direction and created an online community called This Girl Is On Fire all about personal growth.
This week is the launch of an App that accompanies it and so I thought it would be nice to get her on the podcast to talk a little bit about it.
I hope you find what we say useful!
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 216: Can We Not Care What Others Think?

Worrying about what people think is a common issue.
Almost everyone comes into therapy with some aspect of this. It's worth drilling down on who we actually mean though, when we say to ourselves that we worry what "other people" think.
Who are these anonymous other people?
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 215: Sensitivity

Because of what's called neurodiversity everyone's brain responds differently to stimulation.
Whether that's environmental or chemical stimulation.
Today's episode is about thriving in a stimulating world when our brain is sensitive to it.
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 214: Mental Focus

Today is all about losing concentration, procrastinating and the reason why to be at your best you need to rest makes so much sense.
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 213: Situational Anxiety

Situational anxiety is different to a generalised anxiety and needs working with in a slightly more "cognitive" way.

Today I talk about how to deal with some specific events that may be coming up in your life.
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 212: The Negativity Bias

Did you know that after experiencing a negative stimulus in order to get your emotional state back to where it was before hand you need at least 4 experiences of something positive to erase the effects of that one experience of something negative?
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Overwhelming Emotions

Episode 211: Control

When it feels as if the world is falling apart, our instincts can kick in to try and protect us by creating an urge to control as much as we can.
The thing is many of life's challenges are outside of our control anyway. Today we explore how to handle things when life feels out of control.
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