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Professor Sophie Scott CBE

Bonus Episode: Professor Sophie Scott

Continuing the trend of a bonus episode in the middle of the month. This month I chatted with Professor Sophie Scott CBE.
Sophie is a neuroscientist working at University College London. She's a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, has presented the Royal Institutions Christmas Lectures and has been on multiple TV and Radio programs over the years talking about the neuroscience of laughter.
I hope you enjoy what she has to say.
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Conflict Avoidance

Episode 190: Conflict Avoidance

Avoiding conflict can influence the big things in life as well as the small things. It's why people split up over text rather than actually deal with a relationship problem face to face. And if you've ever had a huge sense of relief if you ring someone about a problem and their phone goes to voicemail, you'll know what I mean.
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Dr Radha Modgil

Bonus Episode: Dr Radha Modgil

Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with the broadcaster and author Radha Modgil.
As well as being a familiar face and voice on various BBC TV and radio shows Radha is also a practising GP with a very special interest in emotional wellbeing.
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You Got This

Episode 189: Energy Levels

With some enthusiasm we can go from dragging our feet and saying how tired we are to suddenly being alert and awake. But whether it's about scripting a podcast episode or going for a run, it's really easy to say to ourselves "I don't feel like it" and if your energy levels have dropped it's definitely worth looking into why.
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Impulse Control

Episode 188: Impulse Control

Whether it's because of tempting treats in your cupboard, the opportunity to play at online roulette or trying to push away thoughts that we don't like. Sometimes our brain works against us rather than for us and leads us down paths we were deliberately trying to avoid.
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BLM

Episode 187: Pride & Prejudice

Today's episode is a bit of a deep dive into racism, in response to the recent Black Lives Matter movement that has been gaining greater traction throughout the world this month.
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Words & Language

Episode 186: Words & Language

Part 4 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Talking To Yourself

Episode 185: Talking To Yourself

Part 3 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Mental Narratives

Episode 184: Mental Narratives

Part 2 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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The Meaning Behind The Thinking

Episode 183: The Meaning Behind The Thinking

Part 1 of a 4 part video series taken from May's live stream that will run through June.
All about our inner dialogue.
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Conspiract Theories

Episode 182: Conspiracy Theories

What is it about conspiracy theories that makes them so popular?
Why can seemingly intelligent people believe myths that have no evidence to support them?
Put on your tin foil hat and let's find out shall we.
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The Foundations Of Confidence

Episode 181: The Foundations Of Confidence

Confidence can be a tricky subject to talk about because its so big and ambiguous. What is confidence to one person is arrogance to someone else. Also, someone can be confident but still be anxious in certain situations, so it's even hard to define it really.
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Dealing With The Coronavirus

Episode 180: Dealing With The Coronavirus

I've had a lot of messages from listeners asking for mental health advice during all this Coronavirus craziness.
It's on every website, every news channel. Every conversation you overhear in a shop. It's on everyones minds and so it should be...to a degree.
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Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Episode 179: Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Question: When is an Eagle not an Eagle?
Answer: When it thinks it's a Chicken.

Despite being an Eagle, if you think you're a Chicken can you really fly above everyone?
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How To Feel Alive

Episode 178: How To Feel Alive

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Or as Albert Einstein once said "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

Today is all about my 5 tips on a more enthusiastic life! That and a massive rant at the end about mental health priorities in government policy making, sorry!
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Accept Yourself

Episode 177: Accept Yourself

Despite New Year being a time associated with making changes, today I want to talk about what seems at first like the opposite of change.
Although it might still be a change, and might even be the best one you could ever make. Because there are surprising benefits that come from accepting yourself as you are, in making the decision to not changing and instead enjoying being you in the first place.
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