Mind Tricks Radio

Mind Tricks Radio

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!

Episodes

May 30, 2022 47 min

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....

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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 po...

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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.

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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 dyna...

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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 Edu...

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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 Sutt...

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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 S...

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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 e...

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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.  

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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 evaluat...

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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 an...

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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 t...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Gen...

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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 cu...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 adver...

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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 p...

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