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Confirmation Bias

Episode 113: Confirmation Bias

Terry Pratchet once wrote:
"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that.
They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect.
They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds…Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true."
Are You An Imposter?

Episode 112: Are You An Imposter?

If you've ever thought to yourself, "One of these days everyone will find out that I'm not as clever as they think I am," then you're in good company.

Because there isn't a successful person in the world that doesn't, at some point, experience what’s often referred to as "Impostor Syndrome".
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Episode 111: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Let me tell you about a psychology teacher named Jessica Hartnett.
In the autumn of 2007, at Northern Illinois University, Jessica started research into what's called Affective Forecasting. Which is about predicting how we will feel in the future about something that has just happened. Previous studies have shown that we tend to overestimate the influence of both positive and negative events.

Using what is called the PoMS, The Profile of Mood States, students who took part were simply ticking boxes on a computer program that asked them to rate how highly they felt a variety of emotions.

All started out fine until Valentines Day 2008 when one of the students at the University took 4 guns into school and shot 26 people, 5 of whom died, and then he killed himself.
Are New Years Resolutions a good idea or not?

Episode 110: Are New Years Resolutions a good idea or not?

Those of you who have been listening to my podcasts or reading my newsletters for a good length of time will know that I often talk about what a bad idea new years resolutions are. But what if i'm wrong?
African Violet Queen

Episode 109: The African Violet Queen Of Milwaukee

I want to do something different this month.
This month I'm going to tell you a story. It's a true story and is called the African Violet Queen Of Milwaukee.

It starts with a man named Milton Erickson.

Episode 108: Reframing

As winter gets closer and the warm summer that we had this year seems so long ago we have a choice; we can either recoil at the colder, damper weather or we can appreciate the leaves changing colour, the excitement of the build up to Christmas and the ability to see the sun rise without having to get up super early!

Episode 107: Spiders And Behaviourism

Over the last few weeks I've seen an increasing number of clients with a fear of spiders, it seems that a bit of warm weather is creating jumbo sized house spiders.

And with a reported half of all women, and 10 percent of all men having some degree of anxiety about them it is no surprise that people are picking up the phone to ask for help.

But how can can Arachnophobia be successfully treated?
Practise Makes Perfect

Episode 106: Practise Makes Perfect

In my January podcast I briefly mentioned something that is often referred to as "The 10,000 hour rule" for becoming a master of something.

And it prompted an email from a listener asking me to confirm whether or not it is true, that 10,000 hours over 10 years is all we need to do to become the best we could possibly be.

And the answer is......


Episode 105: Fear Of Flying

This months topic is actually down to public demand, as most days there was somebody that came through to me in one way or another asking about helping with fear of flying.
Now, if you follow the news even a little you'll probably know why that is.

Episode 104: Happiness (Part 5 - Sleep Yourself To Happiness)

Part 5 of the July special.
Can more sleep make you happier?
Throughout July there is an episode every Monday all about "What makes a happy brain"

Episode 103: Happiness (Part 4 - The Dreaded Exercise!)

Todays episode is part 4 of the July special and is about one of the best ways of boosting our mood.
Throughout July there is an episode every Monday all about "What makes a happy brain"

Episode 102: Happiness (Part 3 - Spending The Right Way)

Today's episode is about the best ways to spend our hard earned cash and how to more effectively do random acts of kindness to boost you mood.
Throughout July there'll be an episode every week all about "What makes a happy brain"

Episode 101: Happiness (Part 2 - Doing The Right Things)

Throughout July there'll be an episode every week all about "What makes a happy brain"
Today's is about the mistakes we make on our path to happiness.

Episode 100: Happiness (Part 1 - Your Body Speaks)

It's episode 100, and that means that throughout July there'll be an episode every week all about "What makes a happy brain"
Today's is about body language and why it is important that we act as if we're in a good mood even if we're not!
Body Image

Episode 99: Body Image And The Media

Maybe it's because of the few days of good weather that we had last month but in May I noticed quite a dramatic increase in my consulting room of people upset over their body shape.
Often going as far as to say that they hate themselves for the way they look.
Yet, there are always people that are bigger, heavier, lumpier than them, people that actually couldn't care less and are happy!

Episode 98: Evolution and Adaptation

All of the species on this planet that didn't become extinct are here because at some point in their history one family became more suited to their environment in some way. They adapted to their circumstances.
The families that didn't adapt died out, because their environment changed and they didn't change with it.
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