Psych Up Live

Psych Up Live

Psych Up Live turns up your psychological perspective on life issues. With a wide variety of guests, Host Suzanne Phillips passes forward the latest in books, findings, and information relevant to your life and the world you live in. She explores topics as varied as family relationships, binge eating and violence on campus. In a conversational style, Suzanne and her guests translate the latest in psychology to exemplify ways of coping with child rearing, divorce, medical diagnosis, campus violence and social anxiety. She engages her guests with questions, often voicing her own thoughts or sharing related stories. What is particularly exciting about Psych Up Live is the opportunity for you to call in with your own stories, questions and opinions. Psych Up Live captures your attention as it considers life issues that will intrigue and inform you each Thursday at 11 AM Pacific Time, 2PM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 55 min
In this episode, author Francesca Beauman draws upon her interesting and well researched book, Matrimony, Inc. to invite us to consider that from Frontier Days, through Wars, Industrialization and Immigration, people have been advertising for love. Replacing matchmaking, personal ads, from a homesteader looking for a wife “ Must have teeth!” to a “ Genteel male seeking a wife,” a woman wanting a husband- “not beyond middle age, pe...
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Four Walls Theater is a grassroots socially responsible theater that produces new plays with diverse artists from around the country. Their upcoming show is the world premiere of “BARS,” a drama by Pravin Wilkins. On Psych Up Live, we are privileged to have an insider look with producer, directors, playwright and cast. We start with Elana Gartner, Founder and Producer and Gina Marie Dropp, the Artistic Director of Four Walls, who d...
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In this episode, bestselling author and speaker Bruce Van Horn shares the ingredients of his important new book, Worry No More! 4 Steps To Stop Worrying And Start Living. With wisdom and humor this “recovered worrier” draws upon the best practices of experts and integrates them with what he has practiced on a daily basis in his own life. Crystalizing a way out of “ Worry” in 4 interesting and effective steps, he invites you to join...
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We face a time of misinformation and ongoing fear of the COVID-19 Virus which has already taken the lives of 200,000 in the US. Concurrent with that is the fear, provocation and the reality of violence as economic hardship, racial oppression and political division fuel dissent. We are essentially fighting two epidemics. In this show, Dr. Gary Slutkin, epidemiologist recognized for reversing contagious diseases like TB, Cholera and...
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In this episode, Samantha Waltz, the author of the powerful book, Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience and three of her wonderful contributing writers, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, Gigi Rosenberg, and Emma Kate Tsai will share their personal experiences of being parents or children in stepfamilies. As three of the thirty professional writers who share their blended experience in this book, their voices convey more than the fa...
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This show deals with a dangerous but unknown reality – According to the American Federation of Suicide Prevention, 300 to 400 doctors in the US die by suicide each year. That is more than double the rate of the general population. Why? In this show Corey Feist, JD, health care executive and Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation brings us up close and personal to the causes and necessary actions for prevention of phys...
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In this episode, Dr. Michael Anestis, clinical psychologist, and award winning researcher discusses his powerful book, Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic. Dr. Anestis is not advocating for or against gun ownership. What he is advocating for is prevention of firearm suicides. Funded by the Department of Defense through a program known as the Military Suicide Research Consortium, Michael Anestis collected and will share findings ...
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We live in a time when an understanding of power and the abuse of power has tremendous importance. In this show, Dr. Dacher Keltner, psychologist, Faculty Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and acclaimed researcher, awakens us to The Power Paradox. Drawing upon his latest book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, Dr. Keltner defines power that gives and power that grabs. Citing fascinating studies,...
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In this episode, Dr. Justin Yopp, psychologist at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, draws upon his work and co-authored book, The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life, to share the story of young fathers who lose their spouses to terminal illness and must take up the challenge of raising their grieving children. Given men don’t usually seek group help after loss, this is an unusual and emotionally powerful story of a men’s...
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As we struggle with the challenge of safely sending children back to school, weighing concern for their social needs while moderating our own anxiety, this episode becomes relevant and important. Sue Badeau, nationally known speaker, writer and consultant for traumatized children brings her perspective of helping children by helping those who care for them. As mother of 22 children with years of expertise with child welfare, the ju...
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All of us own a life story that reflects a legacy of events we have received from the generations before us and that we will pass on to future generations. In this episode, Elaine Cooper, LCSW, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and author of LET'S ALL HOLD HANDS AND DROP DEAD: Three Generations - One Story, invites us to understand and identify intergenerational trauma and transgenerational trauma, their impact, how we heal and...
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In this episode, Dr. Pauline Boss, esteemed scientist practitioner who coined the term 'Ambiguous Loss,' discusses the meaning of Ambiguous Loss and how it differs from other losses. Drawing upon powerful examples, Dr. Boss discusses physical ambiguous loss and psychological ambiguous loss due to dementia from disease, brain injury etc. She clarifies that Ambiguous Loss is not a result of pathology, but rather the ambiguit...
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If you are in a relationship, you have to hear this episode. It will be as enjoyable as it will be strikingly helpful to you and your partner. According to psychotherapist and author, Keith Wilson, if you are in a real relationship and you haven’t had a conflict yet – you haven’t been paying attention. As Keith describes, violence is the avoidance of conflict. Being able to work through clashes as a couple, offers great potential. ...
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During this pandemic, most people have been grateful for the courage of medical workers. We have heard about the physical demands and emotional burnout they have suffered; but far less about moral injury. In this episode, Dr. Keith Corl, an emergency and critical care physician offers a personal and professional understanding of moral injury of physicians, both before and during COVID-19. Dr. Corl defines moral injury and compares ...
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In a culture of cyber-attacks, misinformation, political digital trolling, hacked accounts, cyber-staking and revenge porn, this show invites us to consider our online exposure. In this episode, Dr. Sheri Bauman, author of the new book, Political Cyberbullying: Perpetrators and Targets of a New Digital Aggression, looks closely at the digital world we inhabit and the reality of the negativity and dangers we face. She discusses caus...
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If you are human, it is likely that you have hurt and been hurt by others. What may be less likely is knowing how to find a road to reconciliation or addressing the reality that reconciliation may not be instantly possible or possible at all. In this episode, Keith Wilson, licensed mental health counselor draws upon his years of clinical experience and his book, The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace when Relati...
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I encored this episode because if offers a striking example of the power of radical empathy to address differences, bias, projections and stereotypes. In this episode, Co-founders, Colum McCann and Lisa Consiglio introduce us to Narrative 4, a global organization headed up by some of the world's most renowned authors, artists and community leaders who use the story exchange across the globe to build empathy and connection with ...
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Whether faced with unforeseeable life circumstances, economic hardship, physical or emotional distress, many people wish that they could re-invent or re-define themselves. Could they dare consider a new line of work, a different relationship, a less addictive way of regulating stress, or a less passive response to controlling others? In this episode, Anita K, author of the book, Behaving Bravely: How to Mindshift Life’s Challenges...
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Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, loss of loved ones, school and business shut-downs and social protest, many adults are stressed. Little ones are also stressed and be it from what they feel in those around them or for completely different reasons, sometimes they are sad. What can parents do? In this episode, Psychologist and esteemed author, Dr. Deborah Serani returns to Psych Up Live with a new children’s book, Sometimes...
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In this show, Dr. Frank McAndrew, social psychologist and the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, takes on the questions many of us have pondered-Why do we pay to be scared by horror movies? Why do stories of Hunted Houses persist and intrigue us? What makes clowns loveable to some and terrifying to others? Are some people more likely to see ghosts than others? As someone who has studied and researched aspec...
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