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Positive Psychology Podcasts

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The Power of Optimism with Bert Jacobs:


Alison Ledgerwood presents a simple trick for turning pessimistic thoughts into optimistic outcomes:


Creativity Podcasts

Here is a link to the creative problem-solving site, O odyssey of the Mind https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

,Here are some Rules for Brainstorming: https://www.isixsigma.com/tools-templates/brainstorming/brainstorming-rules/

Learn More: Here are links to some of Professor Byrd’s material – check them out:




Do Schools Kill Creativity – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

Personality Podcasts

Learn more – take the Narcissistic  Personality test –  https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/narcissistic-personality-quiz/


Learn more – take the Borderline Personality Disorder test:-  https://www.psycom.net/borderline-personality-test/

Learn More: Take the Meyers-Briggs Test



Learn More: What sea creature are you?


Sociopath Test: Do I Have Antisocial Personality Disorder?


FREE Must-Take Sociopath Test (Antisocial Personality Disorder)


Antisocial Personality Test


To learn more about Ted Bundy, check out this book by Ann Rule: https://amzn.to/2KnZMzS

“Snakes in Suits” can be found at:https://amzn.to/2Yy1ofy



From our series on stress and adverse childhood experiences

More about ACEs: https://acestoohigh.com/

Learn more about resilience: https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-resilience/

Here are the health consequences of stress: https://youtu.be/v-t1Z5-oPtU

Material for ACE’s  (Adverse Childhood Experience”s) Podcasts.

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris – view it now: https://youtu.be/95ovIJ3dsNk



As mentioned in Stoicism Podcasts, here is a list of contemporary practitioners of Stoicism:

Mental Health,Cognition,Neuroscience, Human Development and Social Psychology

Mental health:

This is a link to Women and Mental health:https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health

 Guidelines for a Better Sleep

Recommendations from sleep experts such as Dr. Suzanne Bertisch provide a road map for improving sleep hygiene. The following tips are highlighted:

Consistency matters. Train your body to sleep well by going to bed and getting up around the same time each day (even on weekends).

Only sleep when you are sleepy. Do not spend too much time awake in bed.

Pay attention to your sleep environment. Your bed should be comfortable. The room should be sufficiently dark and quiet. Some people use eye masks to block light. Some use white noise filters or ear plugs when there is noise in or near the bedroom. The temperature of your bedroom should be cool. A cool room with warm blankets is optimal for a good night’s sleep.

Reserve your bed for sleep (and sex). Avoid television, reading, or work activities while in bed.

Avoid (or limit) naps. You need to be tired at bedtime. If you need a daytime nap, do this before 3 PM and for less than one hour.

Avoid stimulants (coffee, cola, chocolate, and cigarettes) for four to six hours before going to bed.

Limit alcohol intake for four to six hours before going to bed. Alcohol disrupts REM and slow wave sleep, which are important for memory.

Avoid electronic devices with LED screens for at least an hour prior to bedtime. The blue light that comes from these screens interferes with the brain’s natural sleep rhythms, and may trick your brain into thinking that it is daytime.

Use rituals. Some people enjoy a hot bath one to two hours before sleep. Others use stretching or mindfulness practices in preparation for sleep.

If you do wake during the night, don’t remain in bed struggling to fall back to sleep. Get up and do something that may increase sleepiness (like reading) for about 20 minutes, and then return to bed and try to initiate sleep.

Sleep is an important aspect of cognitive health!“Insomnia”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Sl8LyI7k8&feature=youtu.be

What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep? Lot’s of bad things, including this:

How lack of sleep harms circulation – PULSE Daily News


Understanding the Opioid Crisis – What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the opioid crisis. Sharing insights from her research, Wurzman shows how social isolation contributes to relapse and overdose rates and reveals how meaningful human connection could offer a potentially powerful source of recovery.


Human Development

How many of you are twins? Ralph and Jim are only-children, so they think they are special. Surprisingly though the most special child is one with a twin sibling. Take a look: https://adastra.fit.edu/blog/copla/scienceminute/342-twin-advantage-survival/#prettyPhoto/0/


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life at a different time in history? Ralph and Jim go back several decades to life as a teen in Sault Ste. Marie – but what if you could go back to ancient Rome? Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juWYhMoDTN0


What can you do if you’re the victim of revenge porn or cyberbullying?  – Shockingly little, says journalist and activist Darieth Chisolm, who found herself living the nightmare scenario of having explicit photos taken without her knowledge or consent posted online. She describes how she’s working to help victims and outlines the current state of legislation aimed at punishing perpetrators. https://www.ted.com/talks/darieth_chisolm_let_s_call_revenge_porn_what_it_is_digital_domestic_violence


 How Can We Build a Better Future for Young Adults? – A massive generation of young people is about to inherit the world, and it’s the duty of everyone to give them a fighting chance for their futures, says UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. In this forward-looking talk, she explores the crises facing them and details an ambitious new global initiative, Generation Unlimited, which aims to ensure every young person is in school,training or employed by2030.https://www.ted.com/talks/henrietta_fore_how_we_can_help_young_people_build_a_better_future

Have you been following the “admissions scandal”?

Parents “helping” their children to get into top tier universities spent millions on professional coaches, phony athletic credentials and ghostwriters for application essays. Is this going a little overboard when it comes to good parenting? Ralph thinks so; here is what he has to say about the matter. “When Jim and I were boys, if you did not succeed on your own merit our parents told us to work harder and try again”. In this Ted Talk, Julie Lythcott-Haims presents the perils of over parenting.

By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love: $oLM7b)M)F#HIIyh



It is time to be thinking about “male” and “female” brains!!!

“The story of Hennrietta Lacks”: https://youtu.be/22lGbAVWhro?list=PLboLXq4Fo7iue


Every cell that’s ever lived has been the result of the four-letter genetic alphabet: A, T, C and G — the basic units of DNA. But now that’s changed. In a visionary talk, synthetic biologist Floyd E. Romesberg introduces us to the first living organisms created with six-letter DNA — the four natural letters plus two new man-made ones, X and Y — and explores how this breakthrough could challenge our basic understanding of nature’s design. Take a look: https://www.ted.com/talks/floyd_e_romesberg_the_radical_possibilities_of_man_made_dna


In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.


 Mind Reading Anyone ? – Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you’re thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, Farahany warns of a society where people are arrested for merely thinking about committing a crime (like in “Minority Report”) and private interests sell our brain data — and makes the case for a right to cognitive liberty that protects our freedom of thought and self-determination. https://www.ted.com/talks/nita_farahany_when_technology_can_read_minds_how_will_we_protect_our_privacy


How Games Make Kids Smarter with Gabe Zichermann  – https://binged.it/2ERC3H 


Improve Your Critical Thinking

Every day, we have to make many decisions. Some are trivial, but others are important .Unfortunately, it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. However, there are ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking.  Take a look as Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems.

A Navy seal helps with motivation for everyone starting with the most simple morning task to the larger issues in life. Every time you can’t get going, listen to his


Psychology in the News – Breakthroughs.

If you want to hear one of the researchers talk about the effects of sound and light on Alzheimer’s disease, click here: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/on-the-frontier-of-an-alzheimers-cure/

The  opioid crisis is killing overt 70,000 Americans each year? That’s over 192 people each and every day or 8 per hour!!! One person every 10inutes or so.

Will marijuana be the solution ? Probably not but it could be part of the solution: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/can-cannabis-solve-the-opioid-crisis/


Is there already a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease? Maybe – take a look (posted Jan 10, 2019): https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/a-new-idea-about-what-triggers-alzheimers/