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Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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Feb 26, 2020

Some of you might know that I recently turned 40! Beyond the typical celebration, cake, and candles that come with any birthday, something stood out as unique about this one. 

The reactions of people around me when I told them the age I was turning. 

Some people were very positive. They wished me a “happy birthday,” and that was the end of it. 

But many people seemed conflicted about the number 40. Their reactions felt as though they knew that the number 40 means something for woman. An indication that I was growing old…and all that comes with that in our society. 

We’re digging right into the heart of that topic in this week’s episode with Stephanie RaffelockStephanie is an advocate for the positive potential of aging. She proves that women aren’t finished living their best lives at 50, 60 and beyond, but instead, hold to the promise to become the wise elders of our culture. Stephanie celebrates age and shows how it’s a privilege to grow old -- how every single day is a gift.  

We talk about some powerful topics in this episode: 

  • The importance of remaining relevant and making an impact throughout our entire lives 
  • Where we put our value as a person 
  • How we experience difficult emotions, and more importantly, the lessons they can teach us (you won’t want to miss this conversation) 
  • What it means to live life in a rapture of the experience 
  • The toxicity of the word “should,” and the underlying shame that fuels its impact 
  • What supporting other women really looks like 
  • And finally, the importance of asking yourself what kind of person you want to be remembered as and how you want to feel on your last day 

This is a deeply powerful episode. It’ll ask you to confront some of your biggest desires and fears as a human being, but in doing so, you’ll grow so much. I just know it. 

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Feb 19, 2020

I stumbled upon this week’s guest on Lewis Howes’ podcast, ‘The School of Greatness,’ and I was only about 5 minutes into that episode when I realized that she needed to be on our show as well.  

This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, clinical psychologist and author of the new book “Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression.”  

This is such a powerful episode because Dr. Rutherford’s work hits on some of the basic things we can all do to foster self-compassion and self-acceptance.   

In this episode, Margaret shares with us: 

  • Three different types of perfectionism and how they link to and mask depression 
  • The link between perfectly hidden depression and where we place our value as a human being 
  • The role that shame plays in perpetuating this cycle 
  • How to accept ourselves and develop self-compassion for our whole selves, not just our strengths  

Margaret also gives us a peek into the methodology she teaches in her book by offering 3 actionable steps you can take to develop even greater self-awareness in this area and move forward in the direction of ridding yourself from some of the shame you might be feeling.  

This episode is a powerful reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves and loving our whole selves, faults and all.  

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Feb 12, 2020

Sometimes, the most difficult issues to work on are the ones that are in our blind spots. The ones that are masked by external factors or achievements that make us believe that we’re ok….when we aren’t. 

This week, we’re talking about one of those potential blind spots: high-functioning anxiety. 

This week we’re speaking with Nancy Jane Smith. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with eleven years in private practice and has spent 20+ years working as a counselor/coach. She has written three books on living happier, most notably The Happier Approach: Be Kind to Yourself, Feel Happier and Still Accomplish Your Goals. 

Much of Nancy’s work involves working with people who have high-functioning anxiety, which is an incredibly sneaky form of anxiety, and it’s not what you think. 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • What high-functioning anxiety is. HINT: It’s not what you think! 
  • The role that achievement can play in masking it for so many of us. 
  • The ways in which high-functioning anxiety can cause problems in our lives 
  • And ways we can start to deal with it 

The end of this episode is jam-packed with actionable steps that you can take to begin quieting your mind (and still achieve your goals). You won’t want to miss it.  

As someone who resonated with so many of the characteristics Nancy shared in this episode, I’m so excited to share this information with all of you. I hope it helps. 

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Feb 5, 2020

You’ve heard me say it a million times. Your mind can be your most valuable asset or your biggest liability.  

This week, we’re diving into the fundamental mechanisms that set us up to go in either of those directions with one of the world’s leading experts on mind-hacking.  

This week, we’re talking to Sean Webbauthor of the book “Mind-Hacking Happiness” and an expert in the tools and techniques that teach us how to create our best life experience by building the psychological strength we need to move through life.  

Over the last 20 years, Sean has become one of the world’s leading experts in how the human mind works, particularly in the area of human emotions. His work is used by universities, companies, and the Navy SEALS to teach emotional intelligence, and his discoveries have proved so effective, that his work is currently being turned into programs to address addiction management and the mitigation of PTSD after early amazing successes within those applications. 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • The 2 different types of happiness and the role they both play in our overall life experience.  
  • The adaptive role that our sense of self plays in our life. 
  • What meta-awareness is & how you can use it to help you hack your mind and notice when it’s working in your favor and when it’s not. 
  • What the equation of emotion is and how it impacts our emotional state from moment to moment and situation to situation. 

 You won’t want to miss Sean’s actionable tips at the end of this episode. They. Will. Change. Your. Life. 

 I’ll warn you, this episode goes a bit off the rails. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to speak with someone whose mission is so aligned with ours at Peak Mind, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sean Webb for this episode. 

Feb 5, 2020

You’ve heard me say it a million times. Your mind can be your most valuable asset or your biggest liability.  

This week, we’re diving into the fundamental mechanisms that set us up to go in either of those directions with one of the world’s leading experts on mind-hacking.  

This week, we’re talking to Sean Webbauthor of the book “Mind-Hacking Happiness” and an expert in the tools and techniques that teach us how to create our best life experience by building the psychological strength we need to move through life.  

Over the last 20 years, Sean has become one of the world’s leading experts in how the human mind works, particularly in the area of human emotions. His work is used by universities, companies, and the Navy SEALS to teach emotional intelligence, and his discoveries have proved so effective, that his work is currently being turned into programs to address addiction management and the mitigation of PTSD after early amazing successes within those applications. 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • The 2 different types of happiness and the role they both play in our overall life experience.  
  • The adaptive role that our sense of self plays in our life. 
  • What meta-awareness is & how you can use it to help you hack your mind and notice when it’s working in your favor and when it’s not. 
  • What the equation of emotion is and how it impacts our emotional state from moment to moment and situation to situation. 

 You won’t want to miss Sean’s actionable tips at the end of this episode. They. Will. Change. Your. Life. 

 I’ll warn you, this episode goes a bit off the rails. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to speak with someone whose mission is so aligned with ours at Peak Mind, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sean Webb for this episode. 

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