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This week author and psychotherapist Whitney Goodman joins the show to talk about toxic positivity.  Find out if your attempts to be positive actually cause harm and how to stop saying "everything happens for a reason" and "at least you still have your health"!Learn more:Read the book: Toxic Positivity:  Keeping it Real in a World Obsessed with Being HappyHang with Whitney Goodman on Instagram: @sitwithwhit Share a healthy degree of positivity:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastTwitter: @talkpsych2meEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Why is it that so many of us have the urge to help others, and what stands in our way? Discover the many surprising benefits of compassion (from accelerating your healing factor to increasing your sexiness), and add even more meaning and fulfillment to your life.Feeling compassionate? Here are some of our favorite organizations supporting the urgent situation in Ukraine:Humane Society IFAWWorld VisionGlobal GivingCome-pass-on some questions and feedback:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
What happens to us when we get pumped up on power or deflated by powerlessness?  Does power corrupt us or does it set us free? And how can we escape, what psychologist  Dacher Keltner calls, the "power paradox"?Do you have the power to help people and animals in Ukraine? Here are some of our favorite organizations in urgent need of donations:Humane Society IFAWWorld VisionGlobal GivingYou have the power to talk to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
With a war looming in Ukraine (where Tania was born), many of us need a whole lot more hope right now. So we're pulling one of our earliest episodes from our archive on the psychology of hope, first aired on Jan 25, 2020. We talk about the difference between hope and optimism, the truth behind learned helplessness, and how to bulk up our hope muscles.We hope to hear from you at:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com We've made a donation to the ASPCA in honor of the animal research mentioned in this episode.Produced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this episode, we celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting some Black psychologists whose research has had profound impacts. We talk stereotype threat, implicit bias, Optimal Psychology, and  attempt to recreate the famous Doll Test on an adult(ish) man.Researchers mentioned include: Francis Sumner, Inez Prosser, Solomon Fuller, Maxie Maultsby, Jr., Mamie Clark, Kenneth Clark, Diane Byrd, Toni Sturdivant, Iliana Alanis, Claude Steele, Beverly Daniels Tatum, Hope Landrine, Jennifer Eberhardt, Robert Lee Williams II, Joseph White, Linda James Myers, and Robert V. Guthrie. Celebrate with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this episode we investigate whether there's truth to the saying "you can't love someone until you love yourself." Join the conversation to discover your love style and build your self-compassion skills.Show us some love:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Do you ever feel like no matter how much you do, you’re still not doing enough? To get to the bottom of that emotion, Tania and Brian talk about the psychology of guilt, guilt proneness, and hyper-responsibility. Come take a guilt trip with us to discover the benefits, risks, and alternatives to chronic guilt. We spent hours making this episode -- the least you can do is listen ;) You never call, you never write. But if you want to:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this episode, Tania attempts to induce the nocebo effect -- placebo's evil twin -- on Brian. They explore placebo research (in areas ranging from pain to creativity), why it works, and how to put it to good use! It turns out "mind over matter" really does matter. P.S. Because we mentioned drug use in this episode, we also wanted to mention the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357. Get free and confidential substance use treatment and information.Talk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
94% of people admit that procrastinating is bad for them. So why do so many of us still do it, how do we stop, and is there any way to get Brian to finally go to the dentist? Don't delay! Talk psych to us today:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsCo-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania LunaEdited by Alyssa Greene Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this not-at-all-boring episode, Tania and Brian explore the psychology of boredom. They answer fascinating questions like, "what is boredom?" "is it good or bad for us?" "how can we become less boredom-prone?" and "what will happen if you leave Brian in a room for 15 minutes with nothing to do?"Share your questions and boredom-busting tips at:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Tania and Brian are back this week to talk about the psychology of grief and mourning. Brian opens up about his father’s death, we explore the psychology of grief, funeral faux pas, coping with loss, and how to be there for others. SAMHSA'S free counseling hotline: 800-662-HELPShare your stories, questions, and feedback (and tell us how you define "list"):Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com Produced by Scarlet Moon Things Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings In loving memory of Bernardo Luna and Kelly Mealia. 
Brian's therapist, Dr. Lynn Saladino, joins the show to answer our therapy and mental health questions with special guest, Dr. Alyssa Greene, co-creator of our web series The Way Through. Don't miss out on this great deal. It's basically free therapy. Show notes:The Way Through web seriesDr. Lynn Saladino: Website & InstagramSay Podcast and Die: Website & Instagram Come talk psych with us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In honor of Halloween, we're talking about the spookiest of subjects: John Gottman's theory of the 4 Horsemen of the Relationship Apocalypse. Find out the biggest predictors of a relationship downfall and how to prevent these common romance killers from creeping into your life. Give us some love:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Since we've been busy training our pig, Outlaw Josey, we wanted to break down the psychology of learning through Operant Conditioning. We talk about reinforcement, punishment, the difference between punishers and aversives, and the power of shaping. We even test out B.F. Skinner's theory of language acquisition by trying to teach Brian to say a word. Give us some positive reinforcement:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
What is narcissism? Why do so many people suspect their partner is a narcissist? Are we becoming more narcissistic as a society? And most importantly... are YOU a narcissist?Talk to us about yourself:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Let's talk about the psychology of motivation! We explore the research behind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and answer big questions like: What truly motivates us? Should we stop paying people for performance? And why did we adopt a pig?Feeling motivated to talk to us?Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
In this episode, we'll help you get the most out of music and answer tough questions like: Did we evolve to make music? Does music help or harm our performance? What causes chills (aka skin orgasms)? And - most importantly - whose character had it right in Footloose, Kevin Bacon or John Lithgow?Tell us about your music origin theories and fav chill-producing songs!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comMusic featured in this episode:Workout Music Source: Cardio Instrumental Workout Mix"Hard Bass Attack" Sonic Mine"We Will Rock You" Queen"Because We Can" Fatboy Slim "Not Ready to Die" Demon Hunter"Morning Light" Sean Beeson"Clair De Lune" Claude Debussy"What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong"Spring" Antonio Vivaldi"Rain Chant" L.E.E. High SchoolProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsTheme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Do you know how to be a psychological time traveler? Spend 20 minutes with us today learning how reminiscence and anticipatory joy impact our mental health, relationships, and happiness. (And find out about that one time Brian and Tania both got food poisoning.) Reminisce with us about this episode:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
It's clear that feelings impact our facial expressions, but can it work the other way around? Can fake smiles turn to real happiness? Can Botox treat depression? And what do facial expressions have to do with empathy?Express yourself on social!Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
Author Irshad Manji shares her vision for honest diversity and a pluralistic society that doesn't treat labels as our finish line. Tune in to learn how our most common change tactics will probably backfire and how to engage in courageous conversations instead. Links from the show:http://irshadmanji.comhttps://moralcourage.com/learnDon't Label MeTalk psych to us:Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcastEmail: tp2mpodcast@gmail.comProduced by Scarlet Moon ThingsMusic by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings
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