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Emotions & Judgement

Bit of a psychological education episode today all about our moral compass and how our emotions can influence it.
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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.

Doubt and Decision Making

Something that I think is important to bear in mind about making decisions is the unavoidable truth that you will at some point make a mistake.
We need to be ok with that.

Creating Emotions

In order to figure out the best ways to regulate emotions, Psychologists need to find ways of creating the emotions in the first place.
Today we wander in the murky swamp of how to do that and why it's worth it.


The Hidden Effects of Trauma

Content warning: Child Abuse.

I'm not going into too much detail about abuse, but it might be triggering to some folk so be careful.

Trauma is as close to a disability as you can get without being given a blue badge.
It paralyses people. Trauma genuinely alters the brain so much that people have to develop ways of living with it that end up creating behaviours and attitudes that can be dangerous.
It's a little grim but think understanding these effects is really important so as to help accept ourselves and others.
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!
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?
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?
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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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