Talk Psych to Me

Talk Psych to Me

Let's get psychology out of the lab and into the streets. Join hosts Tania Luna (psychology researcher) and Brian Luna (total layperson) as they turn fascinating research into practical tips for being a better human.

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May 4, 2022 41 min

This week author and psychotherapist Whitney Goodman joins the show to talk about toxic positivity.  Find out if your attempts to be positive actually cause harm and how to stop saying "everything happens for a reason" and "at least you still have your health"!

Learn more:

  • Read the book: Toxic Positivity:  Keeping it Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy
  • Hang with Whitney Goodman on Instagram: @sitwithwhit 
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    Why is it that so many of us have the urge to help others, and what stands in our way? Discover the many surprising benefits of compassion (from accelerating your healing factor to increasing your sexiness), and add even more meaning and fulfillment to your life.

    Feeling compassionate? Here are some of our favorite organizations supporting the urgent situation in Ukraine:

  • Humane Society 
  • IFAW
  • World Vision
  • Global Giving
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    What happens to us when we get pumped up on power or deflated by powerlessness?  Does power corrupt us or does it set us free? And how can we escape, what psychologist  Dacher Keltner calls, the "power paradox"?

    Do you have the power to help people and animals in Ukraine? Here are some of our favorite organizations in urgent need of donations:

  • Humane Society 
  • IFAW
  • World Vision
  • Global Giving
  • You have the power to talk to us:
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    February 24, 2022 40 min

    With a war looming in Ukraine (where Tania was born), many of us need a whole lot more hope right now. So we're pulling one of our earliest episodes from our archive on the psychology of hope, first aired on Jan 25, 2020. We talk about the difference between hope and optimism, the truth behind learned helplessness, and how to bulk up our hope muscles.

    We hope to hear from you at:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpo...

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    In this episode, we celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting some Black psychologists whose research has had profound impacts. We talk stereotype threat, implicit bias, Optimal Psychology, and  attempt to recreate the famous Doll Test on an adult(ish) man.

    Researchers mentioned include: Francis Sumner, Inez Prosser, Solomon Fuller, Maxie Maultsby, Jr., Mamie Clark, Kenneth Clark, Diane Byrd, Toni Sturdivant, Iliana Alanis, Clau...

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    In this episode we investigate whether there's truth to the saying "you can't love someone until you love yourself." Join the conversation to discover your love style and build your self-compassion skills.

    Show us some love:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna
    Edited by Alyssa Greene 
    Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes ...

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    Do you ever feel like no matter how much you do, you’re still not doing enough? To get to the bottom of that emotion, Tania and Brian talk about the psychology of guilt, guilt proneness, and hyper-responsibility. Come take a guilt trip with us to discover the benefits, risks, and alternatives to chronic guilt. We spent hours making this episode -- the least you can do is listen ;) 

    You never call, you never write. But if you want to...

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    In this episode, Tania attempts to induce the nocebo effect -- placebo's evil twin -- on Brian. They explore placebo research (in areas ranging from pain to creativity), why it works, and how to put it to good use! It turns out "mind over matter" really does matter.
     
    P.S. Because we mentioned drug use in this episode, we also wanted to mention the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357. Get free and confidential substa...

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    94% of people admit that procrastinating is bad for them. So why do so many of us still do it, how do we stop, and is there any way to get Brian to finally go to the dentist?

    Don't delay! Talk psych to us today:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Co-hosted by Brian Luna and Tania Luna
    Edited by Alyssa Greene 
    Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimming...

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    In this not-at-all-boring episode, Tania and Brian explore the psychology of boredom. They answer fascinating questions like, "what is boredom?" "is it good or bad for us?" "how can we become less boredom-prone?" and "what will happen if you leave Brian in a room for 15 minutes with nothing to do?"

    Share your questions and boredom-busting tips at:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast&...

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    Tania and Brian are back this week to talk about the psychology of grief and mourning. Brian opens up about his father’s death, we explore the psychology of grief, funeral faux pas, coping with loss, and how to be there for others.
     
    SAMHSA'S free counseling hotline: 800-662-HELP

    Share your stories, questions, and feedback (and tell us how you define "list"):
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail....

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    Brian's therapist, Dr. Lynn Saladino, joins the show to answer our therapy and mental health questions with special guest, Dr. Alyssa Greene, co-creator of our web series The Way Through. Don't miss out on this great deal. It's basically free therapy.

    Show notes:

  • The Way Through web series
  • Dr. Lynn Saladino: Website & Instagram
  • Say Podcast and Die: Website & Instagram 
  • Come talk psych with us:
    Instagram: @talkpsy...

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    In honor of Halloween, we're talking about the spookiest of subjects: John Gottman's theory of the 4 Horsemen of the Relationship Apocalypse. Find out the biggest predictors of a relationship downfall and how to prevent these common romance killers from creeping into your life.

    Give us some love:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
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    Since we've been busy training our pig, Outlaw Josey, we wanted to break down the psychology of learning through Operant Conditioning. We talk about reinforcement, punishment, the difference between punishers and aversives, and the power of shaping. We even test out B.F. Skinner's theory of language acquisition by trying to teach Brian to say a word.

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    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
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    What is narcissism? Why do so many people suspect their partner is a narcissist? Are we becoming more narcissistic as a society? And most importantly... are YOU a narcissist?

    Talk to us about yourself:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings

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    September 13, 2020 21 min

    Let's talk about the psychology of motivation! We explore the research behind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and answer big questions like: What truly motivates us? Should we stop paying people for performance? And why did we adopt a pig?

    Feeling motivated to talk to us?
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Theme music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmin...

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    September 6, 2020 30 min

    In this episode, we'll help you get the most out of music and answer tough questions like: Did we evolve to make music? Does music help or harm our performance? What causes chills (aka skin orgasms)? And - most importantly - whose character had it right in Footloose, Kevin Bacon or John Lithgow?

    Tell us about your music origin theories and fav chill-producing songs!
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail...

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    Do you know how to be a psychological time traveler? Spend 20 minutes with us today learning how reminiscence and anticipatory joy impact our mental health, relationships, and happiness. (And find out about that one time Brian and Tania both got food poisoning.)

    Reminisce with us about this episode:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, an...

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    It's clear that feelings impact our facial expressions, but can it work the other way around? Can fake smiles turn to real happiness? Can Botox treat depression? And what do facial expressions have to do with empathy?

    Express yourself on social!
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmail.com

    Produced by Scarlet Moon Things
    Music by Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, and Richard Kimmings

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    Author Irshad Manji shares her vision for honest diversity and a pluralistic society that doesn't treat labels as our finish line. Tune in to learn how our most common change tactics will probably backfire and how to engage in courageous conversations instead.

    Links from the show:

  • http://irshadmanji.com
  • https://moralcourage.com/learn
  • Don't Label Me
  • Talk psych to us:
    Instagram: @talkpsychtomepodcast
    Email: tp2mpodcast@gmai...

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