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Psychology

The Science and Practice of Forgiveness: Nathaniel Wade, PhD, on PYP 449

Forgiveness sounds nice, and often feels like the hardest thing in the world. How can we learn to forgive others and ourselves without excusing terrible behavior?

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After the First Marriage: Learning and Growing in Relationship: Dr Susan Orenstein on PYP 445

What can we learned from “failed” relationships that can help us succeed next time? Couples therapist Susan Orenstein talks about her work helping people move on and grow after a first marriage. Read More

A Counterintuitive Mind Hack for When You Feel Like Giving Up

When your mind tells you that you’ll never change, and that you’re destined to keep struggling forever with diet, or exercise, or any other bad habit, it’s easy to convince yourself to give up.

But there’s a simple “mind hack” that you can employ, to change your inner dialog, that can give you the tools you need to keep making progress.

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Six True Lies About Your Food Struggles

Do you binge because you’re eating for emotional reasons, or because your body isn’t designed to say no to hyper-palatable food?

To change how you eat, should you love yourself, or be tough on yourself?

And it is better to learn to eat intuitively, or to create hard and fast rules?

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Civilization as a Self-Terminating Algorithm: Tyson Yunkaporta on PYP 436

Tyson Yunkaporta is an Australian Aboriginal artist, philosopher, and researcher who lectures on Indigenous Knowledge at Deakin University in Melbourne. He’s also the author of Sand Talk, a book that has influenced my thinking more profoundly than any other.

Basically, Yunkaporta turns the lens of anthropology around and puts Western civilization under the microscope, showing us how insane and unsustainable the entire project is.

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Embracing Discomfort When You’re Already in Over Your Head:
Glenn Murphy on PYP 434

Glenn Murphy returns to talk about the importance of embracing physical discomfort, even when we’re already stressed out mentally and emotionally. He offers some tips about how to do so without burning out, and shares a 10-minute guided visualization exercise to help us get back in touch with our bodies and spirits.

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We Move, Therefore We Think: Barbara Tversky on PYP 431

Barbara Tversky argues that our thinking, and consciousness itself, arises from the experiences of our physical bodies in space. Rather than being an afterthought, or just the province of athletes and dancers, spatial thinking is the foundation of all thought. Read More

Tiny Leaps Make Big Changes:
Gregg Clunis on PYP 427

Gregg Clunis learned most of what he knows about persistence, strategy, personal development, and success from watching his immigrant parents struggle to achieve their dreams. Originally from Jamaica, Gregg and his family followed his father, who had been a professor and police officer in their native country, and worked as a migrant farm laborer in… Read More

Steven C Hayes on PYP 425: How to Liberate Our Minds

Steven C Hayes is the originator of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Training, take your pick), one of the most important psychological approaches of the past 100 years. Why the high praise? For several reasons: ACT is evidence-based ACT is learnable ACT is actionable ACT can be practiced and shared by… Read More

Unraveling the Mysteries of Behavior: Mark Faries, PhD, on Plant Yourself 424

A key role of medical professionals whose job it is to help their patients and clients change, is to frame messages to maximize the odds of desired behaviors. Unfortunately, most medical professionals have been trained to communicate in ways that actually reduce patient self-efficacy by challenging their autonomy and undermining confidence in their competence. On… Read More