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Welcome to Mind Tricks Radio, where we’ll explore contemporary topics in Psychology, though interviewing creative and innovative thinkers in the field. I’m your host, Dr. Aaron Kaplan. Thanks for tuning in!
Dec 1, 2022
Episode 60: Distortion of the Day! Emotional Reasoning, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's Distortion of the Day!, I talk about Emotional Reasoning. Distortions of the Day! are brief episodes running under 10 minutes where I introduce psychological concepts in a fun, practical, useful way. Thanks for tuning in!
Nov 25, 2022
Episode 59: Distortion of the Day! Personalization, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's Distortion of the Day!, I talk about Personalization. Distortions of the Day! are brief episodes running under 10 minutes where I introduce psychological concepts in a fun, practical, useful way. Thanks for tuning in!
Nov 21, 2022
Episode 58: Nurturing Adult Friendships, with Dr. Andrea Bonior
I enjoyed a lively conversation today with Dr. Andrea Bonior, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and faculty member of Georgetown University. Dr. Bonior spoke with me today about nurturing adult friendships, and the importance of friendships to both physical and emotional health and well-being. She talked about many aspects of friendships, including: * picking and maintaining the right friends for your personality * recognizing when friendships are healthy versus unhealthy * how life events can challenge friendships and how to face these challenges * recognizing the normal ebbs and flows of friendships * differences between males and females on making and maintaining friendships * frindships and social media * simple suggestions for nurturing existing friendships Dr. Bonior recently launched her own psychology podcast called Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice, which premiered November 1st. Baggage Check is about getting real regarding mental health and making listeners part of the conversation. She’s written several books on topics of psychology, including THE FRIENDSHIP FIX about topics related to Adult Friendships. Dr. Bonior is a frequent commentator in media outlets such as NPR, CNN, The Today Show, The NY Times, and the Washington Post, and her Psychology Today blog has been read more than 25 million times. She speaks to audiences large and small about work-life balance and mental and emotional health.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 18, 2022
Episode 57: Distortion of the Day! Mind Reading, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's Distortion of the Day!, I talk about Mind Reading. Distortions of the Day! are brief episodes running under 10 minutes where I introduce psychological concepts in a fun, practical, useful way. Thanks for tuning in!
Nov 14, 2022
Episode 56: Acceptance, Compassion, and Empowerment for Living Your Best Life, with Dr. Michelle Maidenberg
I enjoyed a lively conversation with Dr Michelle P. Maidenberg, a psychotherapist in private practice in Harrison, NY. I interviewed Dr. Maidenberg about her new book, “Ace Your Life: Unleash Your Best Self and Live the Life You Want.” This book is packed with all sorts of meaningful explanations and pointers about Core Values, Growth Mindset, Radical Self-Acceptance, Compassion, and Empowerment. Dr. Maidenberg is an adjunct faculty member at New York University teaching a graduate course in Mindfulness Practice. She is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of “Thru My Eyes”, a nonprofit organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones. Dr. Maidenberg is also the author of the book “Free Your Child From Overeating" 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health” and her new book She writes the Psychology Today Blog: Being Your Best Self and is a contributing editor of the journal GROUP. She is dedicated and invested in health and mental health advocacy.
1 hr 6 min
Nov 11, 2022
Episode 55: Distortion of the Day! Overgeneralization, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's Distortion of the Day!, I talk about Overgeneralization. Distortions of the Day! are brief episodes running under 10 minutes where I introduce psychological concepts in a fun, practical, useful way. Thanks for tuning in!
Nov 7, 2022
Episode 54: How to Stop Taking Too Much Responsibility for Others, with Dr. Dianne Grande
I enjoyed a fun conversation with Dr. Dianne Grande, a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in the western suburbs of Chicago. We talked about the ways in which people take too much responsibility for others as Caretakers, Enablers, and Rescuers. Dr. Grande talks about how people get into unhealthy dynamics with others that are marked by dependency, resentment, and helplessness, and ways in which people can change this dynamics for themselves and their relationships with others. Dr. Grande publishes articles on mental health topics for the Choosing Therapy website. She also writes monthly blogs on various topics including communication skills, emotional vulnerability and connection, self-esteem, and expectations in marriage. Her blog, titled “In It Together,” is published on Psychology Today’s website.
Nov 4, 2022
Episode 53: Distortion of the Day! Jumping to Conclusions, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's Distortion of the Day!, I talk about Jumping to Conclusions. The reason why Jumping to Conclusions can be such a problem is it can cause you to make rash or wrong decisions based on a lack of accurate information. Thanks for tuning in!
Oct 31, 2022
Episode 52: Do I Have OCD? A Deep Dive on OCD Symptomatology, with Dr. Martin Hsia
I enjoyed having the opportunity today to "pick the brain" of Dr. Martin Hsia, a Clinical Psychologist and expert in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We talked in-depth about many forms of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors commonly encountered with OCD. Dr. Hsia provides many examples of what differentiates "normal" thinking and behavior from OCD symptoms. Dr. Hsia is the Clinical Director at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California (http://www.CBTSoCal.com). CBT SoCal is a group practice that specializes in treating people with Anxiety Disorders, most specifically Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in its various forms, as well as CBT for unique presentations such as Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Insomnia, Tics, and Chronic Pain. Dr. Hsia is a member of the International OCD Foundation, a Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has lectured and supervised as Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at USC Keck School of Medicine.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 28, 2022
Episode 51: Distortion of the Day! Black and White Thinking, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In today's episode of Distortion of the Day!, I discuss Black and White Thinking, also known as All Or Nothing Thinking or Absolute Thinking. When you engage in Black and White thinking, you approach things from an extreme point of view. Either something is all good or all bad. A person either’s got your back, or you cant count on them. A situation is either totally awesome or totally screwed. And another person’s perspective or point of view is either completely in alignment with yours, or you are in total disagreement. There is no in-between. And that’s an unfortunate way to approach life because it creates barriers between you and the world around you by shutting out the possibilities of connection and growth that lie in the grey areas. Thanks for tuning in!
Oct 24, 2022
Episode 50: Why do Men and Women have the Same Argument Over and Over?, with Dr. Avrum Weiss
I enjoyed catching up with Dr. Avrum Weiss about the reason why couples have the same argument again and again and again and .... Dr. Weiss was a guest on MIND TRICKS RADIO Episode 31 where he spoke about his important and thought provoking, best-selling book, Hidden in Plain Sight: How Men's Fear of Women Shape Their Intimate Relationships. In today's episode, we discussed the reasons why men and women argue about the same thing, and how this stems from their internal psychodynamics, upbringings, and fundamental differences in the men and women approach relationships and communication. If you're a woman in a relationship and keep scratching your head around why your partner shuts down, becomes defensive, and argues with you, I think you will find this episode enlightening. And if you're a man and wonder why your partner picks on you and won't back off, please tune in! Dr. Weiss is a regular contributor to the Psychology Today website and gives workshops nationally teaching men and…
Oct 21, 2022
Episode 49: Distortion of the Day! Catastrophic Thinking, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
I'm super excited to release my first episode of Distortion of the Day! These episodes will run under 10 minutes and I will introduce psychological concepts in a fun, practical, useful way. Today's episode explains Catastrophic Thinking, or Catastrophizing. This is a common cognitive error where you tend to focus on the worst case scenario in the absence of logic or data to support your fear. I hope you find the episode helpful, and wishing you the best in cognitive clarity! Thanks for tuning in!
Oct 17, 2022
Episode 48: How To Identify Your Core Irrational Beliefs, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
In this episode I discuss a helpful therapeutic topic called Core Irrational Beliefs (CIB). CIB's typically stem from the experiences a child has growing up with learning from his or her family of origin, messages from the media, interactions with peers, and from trauma. CIB's significantly shape the way we view the world around us and about our roles and relationships. I like to conceptualize CIB's as pertaining to the Self, Others, and the World around us. I spend time in this episode discussing these types of CIB's and where they come from, and I use case studies to illustrate the various CIB's. I also highly recommend listening to Episode 46: The ABC's of Cognitive Therapy which is directly pertinent to this topic of CIB's.
Oct 11, 2022
Episode 47: Becoming a Limitless Person, with Dr. Kimberly Quinn
Today I met with Dr. Kimberly Quinn, a professor of Cognitive Psychology at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Quinn teaches and speaks on topics of Positive Psychology. Today we talked about becoming a "Limitless Person," who is someone that taps into their authentic self, is true to their values, and isn't afraid to create the life for themselves that they want and deserve. Limitless people do not hold themselves back -- they "go for it" in life without shame or hesitation. To do this, they cultivate a strong sense of gratitude, compassion, and interconnectedness to the world around them. We discussed many of the key mindsets shared by Limitless People. Dr. Quinn teaches courses on Mindcraft (with a D) and Cognitive Psychology and she speaks at various colleges, universities, and organizations on a variety of topics related to optimal functioning and life satisfaction. She’s done TedX talks including: * No Need to Fix Me: I’m Not Broken. * The Double-edg…
Oct 4, 2022
Episode 46: The ABC’s of Cognitive Therapy: Identify and Reframe Your Irrational Thoughts, with Dr. Aaron Kaplan
Today I decided to try something different and recorded my first solo episode of Mind Tricks Radio. While I am eclectic in my approach to clinical psychology, meaning I draw from many different modalities when I work with patients, I find that cognitive therapy techniques can be extremely helpful to the therapeutic process. This episode may be helpful if you're new to cognitive therapy and would like to gain a better understanding on how your thoughts affect your mood. If you've had experience with cognitive therapy, this may be a practical and simple refresher on basic CBT concepts. In this episode, I talk about the ABC's of Cognitive Therapy, including identifying triggers and events, the thoughts we have about them, and the resulting feelings. I discuss the concept of "mixed mood states," for which it's therapeutically helpful to tease apart the many feelings we can experience simultaneously. I discuss how to slow down your thinking and identifying how your thoughts are connected t…
Sep 30, 2022
Episode 45: The Curious Case of Tyke the Elephant -- A Psychologist’s Firsthand Experience of Trauma and How He Addressed it, with Dr. Tyler Ralston
Today's episode of Mind Tricks Radio is an unusual one. I interviewed Dr. Tyler Ralston about his firsthand experience witnessing the rampage of Tyke the Elephant through the streets of Honolulu on August 20, 1994. During a performance by Circus International, an African Bush Elephant named Tyke mauled her trainer and then charged out of the event at the Neal Blaisdell Center and rampaged through the streets of the Kakaako business district. She was eventually brought down by police gunfire over 30 minutes later. She was shot at least 86 times. This was a pivotal event for Dr. Ralston and caused him to think more intently about trauma. It also prompted him to take action and address animal cruelty and public policy. In the interview, Dr. Ralston talks about his own personal experience coping with the traumatic event, and then discusses common factors leading a person to be traumatized. He also discusses how he dealt with the trauma, and how he helps others heal from their own traumas…
Sep 24, 2022
Episode 44: The Silent Treatment: A Cutting Form of Passive-Aggression, with Dr. Bernard Golden
After taking a break from podcasting for five months, I'm excited to launch the next season of MIND TRICKS RADIO! This podcast series explores contemporary themes in psychology, where I interview innovative clinicians, researchers, and thinkers in the field. In today's interview, I met with Clinical Psychologist Bernard Golden and spoke with him about Passive-Aggression and the Silent Treatment. Dr. Golden has written several books and articles on the subject of Anger, including: Overcoming Destructive Anger: Strategies That Work; Healthy Anger: How to Help Children and Teen Manage Their Anger; and Unlock Your Creative Genius. We do a deep dive today on a form of anger known as Passive-Aggression, and how it can be manifested in the Silent Treatment. Dr. Golden describes what it's like to be both the perpetrator and the recipient of Passive-Aggression, and some of the psychological mechanisms that underly the phenomenon. Lastly, Dr. Golden explains ways in which he helps individuals…
May 30, 2022
Episode 43: Bouncing Back From Rejection, with Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps
I enjoyed a lively conversation today on the topic of Rejection, with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps. She discussed how people can better understand their reactions to rejection and ways they can develop strategies to cope with these uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Dr. Becker-Phelps is dedicated to helping people understand themselves and what they need to do to become emotionally and psychologically healthy. She has authored Bouncing Back from Rejection and Insecure in Love. She writes a Psychology Today blog called Making Change. She also has a YouTube channel. She treats individuals and couples in her clinical practice, located in New Jersey. She is on the medical staff of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey. To learn more about Dr. Becker-Phelps, visit www.drbecker-phelps.com. Her most recent book, Bouncing Back from Rejection can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Bouncing-Back-Rejection-Resilience-Knocks/dp/1684034…
May 22, 2022
Episode 42: PTSD and Prolonged Exposure Therapy, with Dr. Amy Lappen
I enjoyed interviewing Dr. Amy Lappen, a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Long Beach, California. She specializes in the treatment of PTSD, and has expertise in in using Prolonged Exposure Therapy for trauma and PTSD. Aside from PTSD and Trauma treatment, Dr. Lappen specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, intimate partner violence, anger management, disordered eating, maternal depression (peri-partum and post-partum depressions and/or anxiety), fertility issues, and parenting.
May 16, 2022
Episode 41: Letting Go of Unhealthy Romantic Relationships, with Dr Roxy Zarrabi.
I enjoyed meeting up with Dr. Roxy Zarrabi, a Clinical Psychologist in private practice who specializes in helping women struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, or dating/relationship challenges to feel confident about themselves and the future of their relationships. Dr. Zarrabi spoke with me today about many reasons why people have difficulty letting go of unhealthy relationships, and things they may do to challenge them. More information about her therapy services, newsletter, and latest updates can be found at www.drroxyzarrabi.com.
May 11, 2022
Episode 40: Workplace Burnout, with Dr. Rachelle Scott
I enjoyed a lively and informative interview with Dr. Rachelle Scott, Medical Director of Psychiatry at Eden Health, who spoke with me on the topic of Workplace Burnout. Dr. Scott discussed how employers and individuals can identify signs and causes of burnout, and how they can address burnout through better communication and attention to employees' needs. This topic is particularly timely as individuals navigate workplace dynamics after two years of the COVID pandemic. Dr. Scott is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who received her Medical Degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed residency in psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in NY. Prior to joining Eden Health she worked as a consulting psychiatrist with the Mental Health Service Corps, an initiative of THRIVE NYC, and subsequently became the Medical Director. She has many years of experience treating adult psychiatric patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings but has be…
May 5, 2022
Episode 39: The Soul of Care, with Dr. Arthur Kleinman
It was an honor to interview Harvard Professor Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a luminary in the field of Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology. When I was a college student, Dr. Kleinman's work was a major inspiration for me to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology with a research emphasis on the intersection of psychology and culture. During the interview, we discussed Dr. Kleinman's most recent book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor. In Soul of Care, Dr. Kleinman discussed his deeply personal 10 year journey of caring for his beloved wife Joan in her struggle with early onset Alzheimer's Dementia. He puts his own experience into perspective drawing from his intellectual and academic focuses on the challenges of Western Medicine to provide adequate and meaningful care to patients and their families. If you have ever been a caretaker, or you currently find yourself in this role, you will certainly find Dr. Kleinman's interview and his book both moving and validatin…
Apr 25, 2022
Episode 38: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Kalama Sutta, with Dr. John Cottone
I enjoyed a fascinating interview with author and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. John Cottone, on the ways that Buddhist thoughts and practice intersect with practices in Western psychotherapy. Since I became a psychologist, I have always noticed parallels between Buddhist thinking and psychotherapy and I was delighted to read a post by Dr. Cottone in Psychology Today on the topic. Specifically, Dr. Cottone summarized the Kalama Sutta -- or teachings by the Buddha that encourage people to examine and question reality with logic and reason. Dr. John Cottone is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Stony Brook, NY and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook. Dr. Cottone has numerous peer-reviewed research publications in neuroscience, psychiatry, psychotherapy outcome and moral reasoning. He is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today where he has a blog entitled The Cube, and he is the author of three books…
Apr 21, 2022
Episode 37: Spotting Good Therapy, with Dr. Noam Shpancer
I enjoyed a lively conversation about Spotting Good Therapy with best selling author, screenwriter, and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Noam Shpancer. Dr. Shpancer has written on topics about the therapeutic process and describes elements of what makes therapy a positive and beneficial experience for clients. Dr. Shpancer's bestselling novel, The Good Psychologist was translated into six languages. A movie he co-wrote, The Other Story, premiered at the Toronto Film festival and was the most successful Israeli movie of 2018, receiving broad international distribution. Dr. Shpancer teaches at Otterbein University, and he’s also a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 12, 2022
Episode 36: Compulsive Overconsumption and the Dopamine Economy, with Dr. Anna Lembke
Today I interviewed Stanford Psychiatrist and best selling author, Dr. Anna Lembke, about her book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. We discussed the neurophysiology of addiction that can lead to overconsumption and how Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, plays a crucial role in the system. Dr. Lembke also discussed how individuals need to try and recalibrate themselves to accept that uncomfortable experiences, such as pain, boredom, and sadness are a necessary part of human existence. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries and she maintains a thriving private practice. Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balanc…
Apr 6, 2022
Episode 35: Home Is Us: A Story of Hope and Resilience, with Dr. Jackie Ogega
Today I interviewed Dr. Jackie Ogega, a champion for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. We discussed her book Home Is Us: A Story About Hope & Resilience, a memoir of her experiences growing up in Kenya. Dr. Ogega describes the love and guidance of strong women in her childhood who gave her a sense of safety, security, and purpose in light of rampant community violence and oppression toward women. Dr. Ogega is an inspiring leader dedicated to promoting gender equality, social inclusion, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is currently the Senior Director for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at World Vision. She founded her organization, Mpanzi Empowering Women and Girls, supporting hundreds of women and girls in rural villages in Kenya through education, violence prevention, and livelihoods. She has a doctorate in peace and conflict studies, and a master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 30, 2022
Episode 34: The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories and False Beliefs, with Dr. Joseph Pierre
Today I had an interesting conversation with UCLA Psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Pierre on the timely topic the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories and False Beliefs. Dr. Pierre explained how conspiracy theories often arise as a means of coping with fear and uncertainty, especially as the world has certainly experienced a mage-dose uncertainly in recent years. He talked about how and why people succumb to false beliefs and how they evaluate evidence to support their beliefs.
Mar 15, 2022
Episode 33: Managing Health Anxiety and Panic Attacks, with Dr. Bonnie Zucker
Today I had a conversation with Dr. Bonnie Zucker, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, about managing health anxiety and panic attacks. This is a timely topic as many mental health professionals have seen a huge increase in patients presenting with anxiety because of the pandemic. Dr. Zucker discusses the phenomenology of panic attacks and health anxiety, and gives helpful suggestions on how people can address these issues and reduce their anxiety. Currently, Dr. Zucker has a private practice in Los Angeles and trains other mental health clinicians in anxiety disorder treatment and prevention. She also writes articles on mental health for Psychology Today and for other outlets.
Mar 11, 2022
Episode 32: Teaching Children to Think for Themselves, with Dr. Marty Nemko
I had a lively conversation with Dr. Marty Nemko, a career and personal coach to over 6000 individuals. The conversation was inspired by Dr. Nemko's Psychology Today blog post: Beware the Temptation to Indoctrinate your Children. Dr. Nemko, who considers himself a "moderate," discussed how he sees the world becoming increasingly polarized along political, religious, and lifestyle-choice beliefs. He cautions parents to avoid "indoctrinating" their children along polarized belief systems, but rather to encourage them to examine all angles of topics and decide for themselves what makes sense to them. Dr. Nemko is the author of 13 books, with 250,000 copies sold, including Careers for Dummies, as well as 4,000 published articles which can be found in TIME, The Atlantic, the Washington Post. He’s written more than 1,800 in Psychology Today. 26 of his best articles are anthologized in The Best of Marty Nemko, 2021 edition. He teaches methods of inquiry to medical students at the Universit…
Mar 7, 2022
Episode 31: Men’s Fear of Women, with Dr. Avrum Weiss
Today I interviewed Dr. Avrum Weiss about his important and thought provoking, best-selling book, Hidden in Plain Sight: How Men's Fear of Women Shape Their Intimate Relationships. We discussed several ways in which men fear women, often stemming from socialized expectations of "what it means to be a man" and how these expectations are tested in intimate relationships. Dr. Weiss explains that, not only do men actually desire more intimacy and emotional openness in their relationships, but that in many cases, the fears men face contribute to higher rates of mental and physical illnesses. Dr. Weiss is a regular contributor to the Psychology Today website and gives workshops nationally teaching men and women how to better understand each other. He lives on an island off the coast of Maine, with his wife and dog.
Feb 22, 2022
Episode 30: Calling Out Irrational Beliefs, with Dr. Denise Fournier
I enjoyed an upbeat conversation with Dr. Denise Fournier on Calling Out Irrational Beliefs. Dr. Fournier described how people develop maladaptive belief systems about themselves, others, and the world around them. These beliefs can cause people to suffer and impede them from taking risks and making changes in life. While many beliefs serve functional purposes earlier in life, they become "outdated" over time, with changes in a person's life circumstances and developmental stages. Dr. Fournier discussed how we can notice the Self-Talk associated with maladaptive beliefs, and how to examine evidence and challenge these beliefs in our day to day lives. Dr. Fournier, LMHC, is a psychotherapist, coach, facilitator, and adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University. Over the last 15 years, she's worked in numerous mental health settings, guiding several hundred people on their own unique growth journeys. Currently, Dr. Fournier owns and operates a private therapy practice, Evergreen Th…
Feb 15, 2022
Episode 29: Men’s Issues in Mental Health, with Dr. Robert Whitley
I enjoyed interviewing Dr. Robert Whitley, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, about Men's Issues in Mental Health. Dr. Whitley is the author of his recently released textbook, Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health. We talked about about some important concepts in Social Psychology such as Gender Stereotypes of Men and how these affect mental health outcomes and treatment; the Gender Empathy Gap; and Male Gender Blindness. We also talked about the importance of adult male role models in the development of boys. We also discussed unique challenges that men often face in the workplace and within social/family relationships and how these can impact mental health. Dr. Whitley writes a popular monthly blog for Psychology Today entitled ‘Talking About Men.’
Feb 9, 2022
Episode 28: Finding Meaning in Life, with Dr. Iddo Landau
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Israeli Philosopher, Dr. Iddo Landau on the topic of Finding Meaning in Life. Dr. Landau discussed many keen and intriguing arguments from his popular and thought provoking book, Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World. He also discussed ways in which people can recognize what's valuable and meaningful within their own lives. Dr. Landau grew up and lived most of his life in Israel. He currently teaches philosophy at University of Haifa, where he focuses mostly on the philosophy of meaning in life, existentialism, and ethics. Dr. Landau also has worked for many years with terminally ill cancer patients under the auspices of the Israel Cancer Association. He is the author of Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World.
1 hr 8 min
Feb 4, 2022
Episode 27: The Psychology of Leadership, with Dr. Ronald Riggio
I enjoyed an informative interview with Dr. Ronald Riggio, a Social/Personalty Psychologist and researcher at Claremont McKenna College who specializes in research on Leadership and Non-Verbal Behavior. Dr. Riggio talked about the psychology of leadership -- what makes a good leader, how a leader can develop his or her leadership skills, some behaviors of "bad" leaders, and the concept of good followership. Dr. Riggio is a prolific blogger on topics of psychology, and his writings can be found on the Psychology Today website: (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership). I hope you enjoy the interview! Please be sure to like, review, and share this podcast episode -- it really helps in getting the word out about Mind Tricks Radio. Thank you! Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College and a Visiting Scholar at Churchill Coll…
Jul 16, 2021
Episode 26: Critical Thinking and Cognitive Biases, with Dr. Christopher Dwyer
I enjoyed a lively interview with Irish Cognitive/Social Psychologist, Dr. Christopher Dwyer about critical thinking and cognitive biases. As a Clinical Psychologist, when working with my patients, I often examine irrational thoughts and how they affect the person’s perspective on what’s going on in their lives. Dr. Dwyer explained how people can easily tend toward cognitive biases that undermine critical thinking. Dr. Dwyer gave examples of several common cognitive biases that affect thinking, and he explained how and why they represent an uncritical approach to one’s thinking process. Dr. Christopher Dwyer is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Health Sciences and Lecturer in the Center for Adult Learning and Professional Development at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is also the author of Critical Thinking: Conceptual Perspectives & Practical Guidelines, published by Cambridge University Press; and writes a blog for Psychology Today called Thoughts on Th…
Jul 8, 2021
Episode 25: Adult Personality and Childhood Attachment, with Dr. Hal Shorey
Today I interviewed Dr. Hal Shorey, a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Attachment, adult personality development, and relationship dynamics. Dr. Shorey helps people harness their personalities, maximize their personal and professional relationships, and reach their best possible life outcomes. He has published widely in scientific journals on applying personality theory to dealing with relationships, work, change and adversity. He has been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Huffington Post, and NPR. He has a widely read blog on Psychology Today called “the Freedom to Change.” Dr. Shorey is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University outside of Philadelphia. He teaches Social Psychology, Leadership Development and Attachment Based Interventions. He also directs Organizational Development Services and led the development of Widener’s unique PsyD/MBA joint degree program tha…
1 hr 1 min
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 24: Anxiety in Achievers: Fear of Failure/Fear of Success, with Dr. Dimitrios Tsatiris
I'm excited to announce Mind Tricks Radio, Episode 24: Anxiety in Achievers: Fear of Failure/Fear of Success, with Dr. Dimitrios Tsatiris. Dr. Tsatiris specializes in the field of anxiety management. We had a lively and engaging discussion about anxiety related thinking and behavior among Achievers, and how Achievers often over-focus on fears of failure and fears of success. Dr. Tsatiris is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He studies and writes about the interface of anxiety and achievement. His Psychology Today blog “Anxiety in High-Achievers” is viewed by more than 20,000 readers per month. To read more of his work, you can follow him at dimitriostsatiris.com, on Twitter and Instagram @drdimitrios.
Jun 22, 2021
Episode 23: The Dyslexic Advantage, with Dr. Brock Eide
In this Episode, I interviewed Dr. Brock Eide about The Dyslexic Advantage, a bestselling book written by him and his wife, Dr. Fernette Eide. The Dyslexic Advantage opened my eyes to the unique cognitive strengths of individuals with dyslexia that are often overlooked. As children with dyslexia develop, they often feel punished for their struggles with reading and writing without the acknowledgement of their strengths, and their self-esteems can suffer as a result. I discussed with Dr. Brock Eide aspects of learning and brain physiology for individuals with dyslexia, and he presents a compelling argument why the "dyslexic brain" presents an evolutionary advantage for humans by giving some individuals unique sets of cognitive strengths. In fact, he argues that at least 20% of all people fall somewhere on the dyslexic processing style spectrum. Brock Eide is co-author of the bestselling book The Dyslexic Advantage and The Mislabeled Child. He is an international authority who has lect…
1 hr 6 min
Jun 15, 2021
Episode 22: War Related Trauma and PTSD in Israel, with Dr. Seifan Weinberg
With the most recent round of conflict in Israel, I wondered what it was like for Israeli psychologists who treat war related trauma and PTSD on the front lines. I reached out to Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Seifan Weinberg, who is the Deputy Director of the Clinical Unit at NATAL -- an apolitical nonprofit organization that specializes in the field of war and terror related trauma. He treats veterans and civilians who suffer from trauma and PTSD related to war and conflict in Israel. Dr. Weinberg described his life in Israel as a psychologist, and the challenges he faces treating veterans and civilians who have been exposed to trauma. I was impressed by Dr. Weinberg's commitment to the patients he serves while also being exposed to the potential of personal harm, as well has his sense of optimism and hope for peace and security in Israel. Dr. Weinberg received his academic degrees from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. He lives in the settlement of Matan with his wife H…
Jun 9, 2021
Episode 21: Understanding Non-Verbal Cues, with Dr. Ronald Riggio
Today I met with Dr. Ronald Riggio, a Social/Personalty Psychologist and researcher at Claremont McKenna College who specializes in research on Leadership and Non-Verbal Behavior. Dr. Riggio explained the ways people understand each other and communicate non-verbally. When one has a greater awareness and cultivates such skills, he or she can gain a great advantage at interacting and dealing with people in almost any social or interpersonal setting. Dr. Riggio is a prolific blogger on topics of psychology, and his writings can be found on the Psychology Today website: (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership). I hope you enjoy the interview! Please be sure to like, review, and share this podcast episode -- it really helps in getting the word out about Mind Tricks Radio. Thank you! Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna Colleg…
Jun 1, 2021
Episode 20: Virtual Reality Therapy, with Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo
I enjoyed an engaging interview with Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo, a pioneer and leader in the development and use of Virtual Reality in psychotherapy and other medical applications. We discussed the history of Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT), and current uses for treating everything from anxiety disorders to autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Rizzo really blew my mind with his newest innovative VRT project -- integrating VRT with psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Rizzo is Director for Medical Virtual Reality at the Institute for Creative Technologies, and Research Professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience. This work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. Dr. Ri…
1 hr 18 min
May 24, 2021
Episode 19: The 2018 False Missile Alert That Rattled Hawaii, with documentary filmmakers Rob and Keiko Feldman
At 8:07 am Hawaii Standard Time, on Saturday, January 13, 2018, the residents of Hawaii were alerted via the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert System by television, radio, and cellphones that an incoming ballistic missile was on its way to the islands. Text messages on cell phones read: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This not a drill.” What followed was 38 minutes of confusion, terror, and disbelief, as residents struggled to make sense of what was happening. Then, after 38 minutes, the State released a new message: There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm.” I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob and Keiko Feldman, who co-directed the award-winning documentary This Is Not A Drill: 38 Minutes That Changed Lives. Rob and Keiko reflected upon the experiences of the individuals they interviewed for their film. The stories were heartwarming and moving, as Rob and Keiko learned how people c…
May 10, 2021
Episode 18: Multiple Minority Identities - The Intersection of Racial/Ethnic Identity with Gender/Sexual Identity, with Shari Brown
Shari Brown met with me today to discuss the complicated and nuanced topic of multiple minority identities, in particular, the intersection of racial/ethnic identity with gender/sexual identity. Shari is an advanced doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at University of Hawaii at Manoa, whose clinical, research and mentorship experiences are focused on LGBTQ+ and BIPOC populations. Shari is originally from Jamaica and identifies as a Black Queer immigrant. These identities inform their interest in and perspectives on these topics.
May 2, 2021
Episode 17: You Can Never Go Wrong By Being Kind, with Dr. Zeal Okogeri
Today I interviewed Dr. Zeal Okogeri, who spoke with me about kindness, compassion, and generosity which he illustrates in his four published books. His most recent book, You Can Never Go Wrong By Being Kind, is an anthology of real life stories on the transformative potential of kindness and compassion. Dr. Okogeri spoke with me about his colorful and happy childhood growing up in a small village in Nigeria, which was interrupted for three years by a brutal civil war. Though tragic on an epic human level, Dr. Okogeri saw examples of kindness and compassion everywhere he went. As an adult, Dr. Okogeri has been a teacher and author in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth for more than 25 years. Through his writings, teachings and storytelling, he inspires awareness. Dr. Okogeri has also served as a doctor of chiropractic medicine for 20 years, during which time he treated thousands of patients from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life. Dr. Okogeri leads weekly cl…
1 hr 17 min
Apr 26, 2021
Episode 16: You Are Not Your Brain: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the 4-StepTreatment Method, with Dr. Rebecca Gladding
In Episode 16, I interview Dr. Rebecca Gladding, author of the book, You Are Not Your Brain, The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life co-written with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz. Dr. Gladding served as a clinical instructor and attending psychiatrist at UCLA and was featured in A&E's critically acclaimed series Obsessed. She is Founder & Medical Director of Mindful Wellness Maui. She is an expert in anxiety, depression, mindfulness and the Four Steps. Dr. Gladding speaks with me about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD and her work in treating the disorder through methods she’s developed and are highlighted in You Are Not Your Brain.
Apr 19, 2021
Episode 15: Chocolate on the Mind!, with Dr. Nat Bletter
After a nearly one year hiatus from Mind Tricks, I've started a new series of episodes with lively and informative guests on topics related to psychology. Episode 15 is particularly tasty, as I interview Ethnobotanist and Chocolatier, Dr. Nat Bletter, who discusses his love for medicinal plants, and in particular, the psychoactive properties of plants. Dr. Bletter talks about chemical complexities of chocolate and his Hawaii based company Madre Chocolate. He then discussed psychoactive properties of other plants that are commonly used as mood enhancers, anxiolytics, and cognitive boosters. As an experienced gardener, grower, grafter along with his enthusiasm for enjoying the outdoors, exploring exotic fruits, and cultivating local food to enjoy all the flavors of life, this has led him to start Natty by Nature (http://www.nattybynature.net) for edible landscaping, foraging, and cooking on O’ahu and his YouTube channel on medicinal and edible plants.
1 hr 4 min
May 10, 2020
Episode 14: Red Flags in Abusive Relationships, with Dr. Tyler Ralston
Interview with Dr. Tyler Ralston, a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Ralston returned to speak with me about how to identify red flags in abusive relationships, and how to avoid starting a relationship with an abusive partner. Dr. Ralston is a co-author of Treating PTSD in Battered Women, a step-by-step manual for therapists and counselors.
Apr 26, 2020
Episode 13: Positive Psychology -- On Optimism and Pessimism, with Dr. Adam Dorsay
A conversation with Dr. Adam Dorsay, Clinical Psychologist in San Jose, California. We talked about Positive Psychology, and the concepts of Learned Helplessness, Optimism, and Pessimism and how they may affect a person's ability to grow and find fulfillment in his or her life.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 12: Teens and Sleep, with Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom
Interview with Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wahlstrom has researched teens and sleep for 23 years, and has generated overwhelming findings on the profound health benefits of later school start times for teenagers. Based on Dr. Wahlstrom's work, the need for later school start times has been endorsed by organizations such as the American Pediatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychological association. As a result, hundreds of school districts around the country, and internationally, have changed their start times for teenagers.
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 11: Perfectionism, with Dr. Liza Wacker
Interview with Dr. Liza Wacker, Clinical Psychologist in Hawaii. Dr. Wacker spoke with me about Perfectionism -- how to identify perfectionism and understand how it gets in the way of achieving happiness and fulfillment. She gives great examples of ways to shift perfectionistic thinking and engage in behaviors that promote healthy striving.
Mar 20, 2020
Episode 10: Love in the Time of Coronavirus, a conversation with Dr. Adam Dorsay
A conversation with Dr. Adam Dorsay, Clinical Psychologist in San Jose, California. We talk about the psychological and emotional distress that many are feeling around the current COVID-19 crisis, and offer suggestions on positive and helpful ways to cope and even grow from this experience. This episode is dedicated in memory of Larry Kaplan.
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 9: Psychological Defense Mechanisms, with Dr. Sarah Sarkis
Interview with Dr. Sarah Sarkis, Clinical Psychologist in Hawaii. Dr. Sarkis returned to speak with me me about psychological defense mechanisms we employ as a means of protecting ourselves from deeply uncomfortable feelings. She calls defense mechanisms the mind's personal homeland security system.
Feb 24, 2020
Episode 8. Love, Attachment, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), with Dr. Cindy Goodness Zane
Interview with Dr. Cindy Goodness Zane, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Honolulu who specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples, families and individuals. Dr. Zane spoke with me about love, attachment and her work with Emotionally Focused Therapy.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 9, 2020
Episode 7. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, with Dr. Akihiko Masuda
Interview with Dr. Akihiko Masuda, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Masuda spoke with me about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. For more information about this episode, please visit my Blog at Dr. Akihiko Masuda.
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 6. Parenting Styles: From Hyper-Scheduling to Unscheduling, with Dr. Jeffrey Stern
Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Stern, Clinical Child Psychologist in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Stern spoke with me about parenting styles ranging from hyper-scheduling to unscheduling. For more information about this episode, please visit my Blog at Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Stern.
Jan 10, 2020
Episode 5. Adult Friendships, with Dr. Adam Dorsay
Interview with Dr. Adam Dorsay, Clinical Psychologist in San Jose, California. Dr. Adam spoke with me about the importance of Adult Friendships, and the psychological and emotional barriers that impede people from forming and maintaining friendships. For more information about this episode, please visit my Blog at Interview with Dr. Adam Dorsay.
Dec 26, 2019
Episode 4. The Power of The Unconscious, with Dr. Sarah Sarkis
Interview with Dr. Sarah Sarkis, Clinical Psychologist in Hawaii. Dr. Sarkis spoke with me about how to become more aware on how our unconscious processes affect us in every aspect of our lives. For more information about this episode, Please visit my Blog at Interview With Dr. Sarah Sarkis.
Dec 14, 2019
Episode 3. How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?, with author Sharon Hicks
Interview with Sharon Hicks, author of How Do You Grab a Naked Lady? Ms. Hicks writes this colorful and emotionally gripping memoir about her life growing up with a mother dealing with Bipolar Disorder. For more information about this episode, Please visit my Blog at How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?
1 hr 9 min
Dec 1, 2019
Episode 2. Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths, with Tricia Burke, LCSW
Interview with Tricia Burke, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice in the states of Washington and Hawaii. Tricia spoke with me about Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths. For more information about this episode, Please visit my Blog at Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 18, 2019
Episode 1. Unwarranted Guilt, with Dr. Tyler Ralston
Interview with Dr. Tyler Ralston, a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Ralston spoke with me about the cognitive model of trauma related guilt. He is a co-author of Treating PTSD in Battered Women, a step-by-step manual for therapists and counselors.For more info about this episode, please visit my Blog at Unwarranted Guilt.
1 hr 2 min