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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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Now displaying: June, 2021
Jun 30, 2021

In today's episode of the podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Richard Nisbett, one of the most well-known, well-cited, and influential Psychologists of all time. To say I am thrilled is an understatement!

During our conversation, we dive deep into the meaningful contribution he has made to the field of Psychology. In particular, we touch on the difference between the unconscious and conscious mind and how we can use our unconscious mind more fully. We talk about errors and biases in our judgement and decision-making. And, he gives us a glimpse into the powerful factors that shape our behavior and the ways in which we experience life day-to-day.

Find Dr. Nisbett's newest book "Thinking: A Memoir" here: https://amzn.to/3ziTVVb

Find Dr. Nisbett's book "Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking" here: https://amzn.to/3wglNax

Jun 28, 2021

We've talked quite a bit on this podcast about the notion that each of us has a limited store of energy each day. Even at our best, we only have so much capacity. However, we have a tendency to add, add, add to our list without keeping that limited capacity in mind. This week's challenge will help you better manage your limited energy capacity.

Visit https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/organizations for more information on our newest offerings for companies and organizations of ANY size!

Jun 25, 2021

Do you have a bias toward ACTION or a bias toward ANALYSIS when you're making meaningful decisions? Today we're talking about these tendencies, their implications for the outcome success of your decisions, and how to be more unbiased and effective.

Research estimates that we make about 35,000 decisions each day. Hopefully this episode helps you make some of the most important ones more effectively.

If you liked this episode, you may also like this blog post on decision-making: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/How-to-Overcome-Indecisiveness

Jun 23, 2021

Be honest, how often do you find yourself working hard to keep up appearances, be nice, and manage other people's perceptions of you? Do you do it to the point that you're not behaving authentically anymore? Is it beginning to create resentment or friction in your relationships? If so, realize that it's so common, and we're digging into it on today's episode.

Today we're speaking with Dr. Aziz Gazipura. Dr. Aziz is a clinical psychologist and one of the world’s leading confidence experts. He teaches people how to rapidly learn confidence so they can eliminate social anxiety and self-doubt, master conversations, accelerate in their careers, and create deeply fulfilling relationships.

After struggling with crippling shyness and social anxiety personally for over a decade, Dr. Aziz became determined to find a way to freedom. Through thousands of hours of his own training, counseling, reading, group work, and coaching, he has truly mastered what it takes to transform fear and self-doubt into permanent self-worth and confidence.Dr. Aziz completed his doctoral training at Stanford and Palo Alto Universities and is the founder of the Center For Social Confidence. He is known for his dynamic speaking, humor, disarming vulnerability, and inspiring storytelling.

Learn more about Dr. Aziz at: www.draziz.com

During this episode, we mentioned a number of past episodes of the Building Psych Strength podcast. Below are links if you're interested in learning more:

Dr. Steven Hayes, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0143

Healthy Selfishness: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0204

 

Jun 21, 2021

This one is for my Type A, Enneagram 3, high-responsibility, over-achievers. PS, I'm raising my hand right now. You're in good company. Something I've noticed about myself is my tendency to focus on productivity in every moment of my life. In this quick episode, I'll give you a quick tip about how to create a more enjoyable life that isn't always focused on productivity.

Visit https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/organizations for more information on our newest offerings for companies and organizations of ANY size!

Jun 18, 2021

The last 18 months have caused so many of us to reevaluate the way we live life, and most notably, the work we do. Because of this, experts are predicting that we are at the beginning of one of the biggest professional migrations we've ever experienced as people change jobs, companies, and even industries to align their work with who they truly are.

However, there's a hidden roadblock that can stand in your way if you're not watching for it. Many times, our identity gets wrapped up in our job through a process called role engulfment. We begin to see our job not as something we DO, but as WHO WE ARE. The thought of changing that can be very scary, leading us to stay in situations that aren't suited for us, even if we desperately want to change.

Today we're talking all about it and what to do to move forward.

Also on today's episode, I announced the expansion of my 1:1 coaching practice! I'm so excited to be working with more people in this intensive, intimate capacity. Visit https://www.aprilseifert.com/meet-april and send me a note if you're interested. I'd love to support you as you move into this next chapter, as you reach for your biggest goals, and as you craft a vision for who you truly are.

Jun 16, 2021

If you’ve listened to us for a while, you know that we have a very strong take on self-care. That it is necessary, non-negotiable, and that most times, people get a very incomplete view of what it encompasses. In a past episode linked below, we covered our take on self-care with ‘The Self- Care Pyramid.” In this episode, we’re diving deep into self-compassion, a precursor of self-care. Whether we choose to develop self-compassion influences the likelihood that we’ll take care of ourselves, and subsequently, impacts the way we learn and grow from failure. This is a powerful episode, and you won’t want to miss it. 

Learn more about the Self Care Pyramid: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0183  

Learn about our mini-course, Self-Care [by design]: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/selfcare  

Jun 14, 2021

One of the most difficult situations we can find ourselves in is a transition where we aren't sure what the right next step is. It can be incredibly stressful! The fact of the matter is that we only have one shot at life. And, the "right" direction is the one that aligns to who we truly are at our core. Catch this episode for a quick tip about how to do just that.

Visit https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/organizations for more information on our newest offerings for companies and organizations of ANY size!

Jun 11, 2021

A few years back, I made a change to my morning routine that has had a significant impact on the way I show up each day, on the level of control and confidence I feel in my work, and ultimately, in my professional success. This one small change was uncovered when I used the life design process to dig into my self-care routine, of all things.

As it turns out, taking a more comprehensive view of self-care is so much more than bubble baths and manicures. It's a set of activities you do to support yourself in showing up as your best. In today's episode, I'm lifting the curtain on this process so you can make small shifts with big impact as well.

Learn more about our program Self-Care [by design] at: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/selfcare

Learn about the full Self-Care Pyramid in this episode from the vault: https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0183

Jun 9, 2021

What went well this week because of you? I was scrolling on TikTok, and that question stopped me in my tracks. I knew I had to get a hold of the creator in the video to have him on the show. Turns out, this week’s guest, Brian Fretwell is an author, facilitator, and the founder of People Strength. Through his unique method of asking intentionally crafted questions, he helps people rediscover their curiosity for their own potential. Using concepts like growth mindset and locus of control, he is able to reshape the way people view their own limitations. Can you see why I was so excited!   

Learn more about Brian and his work at https://peoplestrength.com/  

Jun 7, 2021

Have you ever heard the quote "the idle mind is the devil's playground?" It implies that spaciousness, mind wandering, or simply time set aside for reflection is somehow a bad thing. But, neuropsych research doesn't agree. Catch this episode to learn what research actually says about idleness and how you can incorporate it into your life.

Visit https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/organizations for more information on our newest offerings for companies and organizations of ANY size!

Jun 4, 2021

The relationship we have with money and the value of the contribution we make in our professional life is so intricately related to our ultimate revenue or salary and consequently the lifestyle we can afford to live. In today's episode, we’re speaking with Michelle Arpin Begina, founder and gateway of michelleab.com. She offers practical advice and resources for changing our mindset around money and worth.  

Learn more about Michelle & grab her free resources at: https://michelleab.com/  

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Jun 2, 2021

So many times when we’re facing the notion of doing something new, uncertain, big, etc., we resort to saying that we can’t do it. We point to reasons why we can’t, and we end up staying right where we are. Today, we’re talking about a slight shift in our language that data and research shows increases our likelihood of taking action in the direction of a change we want to make, even when it involves hardship to get there.  

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