Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson

Psych for Life with Dr. Amanda Ferguson

Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.

Episodes

June 21, 2022 12 min
Anger often gets a bad rap and certainly – aggression should!

However, anger is an important emotion and when used wisely – it's part of how we empower ourselves and others, achieve amazing things and stay mentally well.  In the latest episode of Psych for Life I chat all things anger, so tune in to find out -  - the 3 ways we communicate with anger and how to make anger work for us, not against us
- how feelings provide us with ...
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In this wonderfully engaging yet highly insightful episode, I sit down with Daisy Turnbull, a secondary school teacher of 10 years, published author of two books, Lifeline counsellor and mother of two. We discuss her new book “50 Questions to Ask Your Teens”, raising teens, and some of the most powerful processes parents can adopt.   

Daisy emphasises that teens are a work in progress and develop predominantly through their lived ex...
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Friendships are strange things. In other relationships the rules are pretty clear to most of us, but friendships can take so many forms and many of the rules are concealed – and are often bewildering. 

We tend to view our earliest friendships with great sentiment – and yet they are completely beyond our control, forced upon us really, as they develop entirely from our parent’s proximity to others. 

When we make a true friend it’s lik...
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In this fascinating chat, I sit down with my friend and peer, Nell, to discuss the highly topical and often deeply fraught business of blending families. 

Most marriages in the western world end – so the likelihood of finding ourselves creating a blended family is high. There has been a rapid rise in this recently, with nuclear families seeming set to soon become uncommon. 40% of families in the U.S. are now blended. 

What about when...
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Job crafting is how we shape our jobs to align with our strengths, values, and interests. Scrutiny of job crafting began before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but since then, it is now considered an essential workplace skill for those who want to stay engaged in their work, secure in employment and successful in their careers. But what is it exactly and why should you be onboard? 

Whether you're an employee or an employer, this epis...
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What impacts women's ability to do better with money? How do past traumas affect our future financial decisions? On this episode of Psych for Life, I welcome back Jane Monica Jones, a Financial Therapist to dive deeper into how women move from disempowerment to empowerment and agency when it comes to their finances. We share insights about how society and cultural systems can be both a hindrance and potentially a help for women...
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Snowflake or no flake? Are our youth actually strong in declaring their sensitivity? And are we being too harsh in our judgement of them?

As we begin to recover from the last few years of natural disasters and the COVID pandemic, the pressures these volatile and uncertain times have exerted on us all, in many ways have had the strongest repercussions for young people. With a "shadow pandemic" now occurring as mental health i...
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In today's episode I speak with Evelyn M. Field, OAM a psychologist and international authority on treating school and workplace bullying. With over forty years experience, we discuss what bullying is, contributing factors, short and long term impacts and how to help students and adults develop social survival skills to manage school bullying. This is a must listen episode for parents, teachers and caregivers to be better equip...
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In this episode of Psych for Life, Dr Amanda covers the essentials you need to know about gaslighting and how it can impact relationships. Gaslighting is a term many are familiar with, but often struggle to understand what it actually is and how to protect yourself from Gaslighters?

Gaslighting is a form of bullying that occurs not only in romantic and other personal relationships but can also be a major problem in workplaces. Gasli...
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In this episode Dr. Amanda Ferguson and neuroscientist Professor Mark Williams discuss the health, developmental and social problems children are facing as a result. This fallout comes at a time in history when young people with the most well-developed social skills will be the successful adults of the future. Problems in social development, resilience, mental health, and increased suicide risk may be long lasting with the potentia...
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Dr. Amanda explains what narcissism and other personality disorders are and why they can be very destructive to these people and others. Personality disorders are more than your average bad moods or habits and they are quite common. They are in our families, workplaces, and communities. Even though the difficult person you are dealing with may not be a murderer – or psychopath – disordered personalities can cause tremendous harm in...
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Dr. Amanda is joined by Financial Therapist, Jane Monica-Jones to discuss people's mindset and behaviours with money. From financial sabotage to economic empowerment, Jane shares what our spending habits mean psychologically and how we can have a better relationship with money. Together, Dr. Amanda and Jane discuss just how important it is for our mental health to have an understanding of our finances and Jane offers her advic...
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Dr. Amanda has helped countless patients overcome their sleep problems and get a better night's rest. In this episode, Dr. Amanda looks at the science behind sleep, what can lead to sleep deprivation disorders and the recent development of 'covid-somnia', a term describing sleep issues relating to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Research shows our sleep is imperative to our physical and mental health and that a...
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As a chairman of LifeLine Australia and president of Lifeline International, John Brogden shares his insight and own personal experiences with mental health and losing the will to live. Following a very public resignation from his high profile political career as the leader of the opposition in NSW, Australia, John experienced first hand the crippling despair of depression and attempted to take his own life. Now a voice for suicide...
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In this episode, Dr. Amanda is joined on the mic with old friend and casting director for the Ensemble Theatre, Merran Regan, as they discuss the link between performing arts and psychology. As the daughter of an artistic theatre director, Merran shares the history of the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, Australia as well as life as a casting director and how Covid-19 has affected the performing arts industry. Together, Dr. Amanda and ...
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Since the pandemic of 2020, work burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue, affecting employees and organisations across the globe. Our every day and work life are more intermingled than ever before and the effects on our mental health can be devastating. As a global expert in work engagement and having investigated the related construct of burnout, I share how to recognise the signs of burnout and what you can do to reple...
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In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson takes a deep dive into understanding addiction and its connection to trauma with practicing psychiatrist of over 20 years, Dr. Bruce Lachter. Dr. Bruce explores this correlation and the similarities between the two as he explains that addiction is often the 'echo' of trauma and discusses the complicated issues surrounding addiction and its effects. Dr. Bruce shares his psychodynamic view...
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The year 2020 not only brought us the start of a new decade but also began the era of uncertainty. We faced many challenges and changes over the year including natural disasters, race riots, political unrest, economic downturns and the worldwide spread of Covid-19. As we enter 2021, many of these crises follow us into the new year and with them the unknown of what is to come.

However, history and our own evolution shows us that as h...
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International composer Ken Davis has performed at the Sydney Opera House and is known as the first and most successful new age music composer, a major pioneer in ambient music and now creates music for relaxation and healing. In this episode we discuss how music and the mind body connection can help to heal us from trauma, anxiety and stress. As a world famous artist, Ken has collaborated with medical facilities and contributed to ...
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In this episode, Dr. Amanda Ferguson is joined by the Honourable Dr. Fiona Martin, an Australian Federal Member of Parliament and psychologist who specialised in helping children with learning, developmental and behavioural difficulties. As the first female Liberal member elected for Reid, a vibrant example of harmonious multiculturalism located in the inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Dr. Fiona Martin directly contributes to this c...
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