Monthly Archives: May 2016

Reducing Anxiety Through Play with Charlie Hoehn

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On this episode of the Psychology Podcast, we welcome renaissance man and psychology enthusiast Charlie Hoehn. Charlie has carved a unique path through this world that has led him to work with best-selling authors like Tim Ferris, Tucker Max and Ramit Sethi, all while pursuing his own work as a writer. We talk about his drives toward creativity and autonomy that led him to create a life outside of the 9-5 grind. We also discuss Charlie’s personal experiences with anxiety and get advice on how to reduce anxiety through play. Other topics include our ability to change who we are and the importance of doing what you love. Please enjoy the show!

 

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Charlie’s article How I cured my anxiety

Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away (#1 Stress Management) and Recession Proof Graduate. He is the founder of The Recess Project (therecessproject.com), and a mental wellness expert who’s advised leaders at the Pentagon, U.S. Military bases, startups, and universities. He is best known for his career strategy “free work,” which lead to him working with bestselling authors like Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max, and Ramit Sethi. Charlie’s article about the importance of play is the #1 worldwide result on Google for the search “cure anxiety” (above Oprah.com), and has been read by over one million people. His work has been featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Globe and Mail, Mating Grounds, and many others. He lives in Austin, where he hosts weekly recess at Zilker park and performs improv at the Hideout. – Blurb taken from Amazon.com

Legendary Psychologist Dr. Seymour Epstein on the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality

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An intellectual hero of the show, 91 year old Seymour Epstein is the creator of one of the most well-respected theories in personality psychology: the Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory of Personality (CEST). In this episode, we discuss how Epstein discovered his calling, what the field of psychology was like in the 1940s, his experience taking a class with Abraham Maslow, his interaction with Gordon Allport, and how he came to create his dual-process theory of personality. We also talk about implications of the theory as it relates to religion, politics and clinical psychology. It was a pleasure speaking with this giant in the field. Enjoy the show!

 

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“I am a Professor Emeritus in Psychology. I am a clinical. personality, and research psychologist. My major interests are in constructing a unified theory of personality, introducing a new conceptualization of the unconscious mind, constructive thinking as the source of emotional intelligence, and stress, and coping.” Blurb taken from Dr. Epstein’s LinkedIn.com

Dr. Stuart Ritchie on Intelligence, IQ Testing and Genetics

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Dr. Stuart Richie is an expert in human intelligence differences and their relations to the brain, genetics, and education. This episode distills some of the most important and interesting ideas in intelligence, IQ testing, genetics and their affects on society at large. We discuss the false dichotomy between nature vs. nurture. We illuminate popular media and institutional pressures to deliver sensational findings. We cover the ethical implications of the quickly developing genetic science, with questions like “should insurance companies be able to raise your rates depending on your genetics?”  Ultimately, this is a crash course on the psychology of intelligence featuring two experts on the topic. Enjoy! And check out Stuart’s book Intelligence: All That Matters.

 

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Stuart Ritchie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at The University of Edinburgh. His recent work involves charting the ageing of intelligence, and what we might do to predict, or perhaps even change, the cognitive ageing process. His book “Intelligence: All That Matters” is available now in paperback and on Kindle.