Who are you?

Who are you?

This is the podcast where we explore the concept of identity, through the stories of those who have experienced what it’s like to question and discover who they truly are. The stories might be heart warming, or heart breaking, funny or disconcerting, but what they all teach us is the power of humans to adapt and evolve our sense of self.

Episodes

November 9, 2021 60 mins

When I started this podcast earlier this year, it was really as a bit of a passion project. I love storytelling and love learning other people’s stories, and I  wanted an avenue to share some of the amazing stories I’ve come across through my network of friends and family over the year. 

Every day we make judgements about people - how they behave and why they behave the way they do. But what I’ve come to learn is that every single p...

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Imagine if one morning you woke up believing you were a dragon … and then two days later, you were you. And then perhaps a couple of weeks later, you were back to being a dragon, or perhaps you are now a big strong tradie.

This is the reality of life for those who have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which used to be known as Multiple Personality Disorder. So what causes DID, and what is life like for people living with the di...

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As a young boy growing up with his multi-cultural family in a small country town in Queensland, Rudi Landmann always felt a bit out of place. A self-described nerdy kid who loved reading, science and technology, but shied away from sport, Rudi found it difficult to relate to other country kids, so jumped at the opportunity to move back to the big city for his university studies in space engineering.

When his engineering opportunitie...

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In the last two episodes of this podcast,  we spoke to Jess and Lachlan, and explored how many of us struggle to form a sense of self in our adolescent and young adult years. We also looked into how their career choices both reflected and shaped their identities.

In today’s episode, I sat down with psychologist Nicole Wright to unpack some of the key themes from these two stories.

Nicole is the owner of Rise Therapies, a practice wit...

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This week’s episode is the second where we look at how our career choices help to reflect and also shape who we are as people.

In today’s episode, I talk with Lachlan Palmer, a qualified mechanic and the founder of start-up online  mechanic business Kashy’s.

Lachy’s passion for pulling apart motor vehicles started as a very young child, but it’s also from that time that he began to suffer with a mental illness, which would later be d...

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I was delighted to talk to  my guest Jess Ndenda for this episode. Jess is the founder and owner of two businesses - Olive Louise Social, a digital marketing agency, and The Belle Evolution, a platform to bring together women entrepreneurs and provide networking opportunities, support and resources as they navigate growing their businesses.

While Jess now revels in her life as a busy businesswoman, it hasn’t always been this way. Gr...

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So many of the stories on this podcast show us how humans have the ability to take terrible experiences and turn them into something good for the world, and today’s podcast is a shining example of this in action.

I had the pleasure of talking to Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn, the co-hosts of The Good Mourning podcast. Sal and Im first met a couple of years ago at a grief support group after they both lost their mums suddenly, and an...

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Every few weeks on this podcast I chat to a psychologist to help us unpack some of the key themes from the stories we’ve heard in the previous weeks.

This week, I was lucky to chat to the wonderful Leilanie Pakoa, a psychologist based in Brisbane who specialises in child psychology and sport and exercise psychology.

We talked through some of the key themes that came from the stories of Casey and Caroline, who featured on the podcast ...

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Caroline Perry is a proud Maori woman, who grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, in home with her sister, and multiple foster siblings her parents cared for over the years.

But at the age of 14, her family moved to Australia and she found herself isolated from her friends, her culture, and her sister who had decided to stay in New Zealand. While struggling in high school, she also found ways to keep a strong sense of culture alive, ...

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As a teenager living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Casey McMurtrie enjoyed a fairly normal, happy upbringing living with her parents, her two younger brothers, and her grandmother being a constant presence. She had plenty of friends, did well at school, and had plans to study, work and travel.

While of Aboriginal descent, Casey’s family never talked much about her ancestry and culture, and she never inquired too much about where they ...

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August 24, 2021 47 mins

Imagine you’re a young woman in your late twenties, planning your wedding with your fiancé, and enjoying life with your friends and family. You’ve grown up in a traditional Italian family, with strong values around marriage and family, and you’re excited about the prospect of being married and eventually being a mum.

Then imagine that just five months into your marriage, your husband reveals a secret that blows everything apart, and...

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Imagine you’re a four year old little boy, living in suburbia with your mum and two brothers. With your dad out of the picture, your mum eventually remarries. But happiness is very short-lived - your new stepfather is physically and verbally abusive, and as your family is in a fundamentalist Christian Church, there is no help, and nobody you can turn to.

To make matters worse, when you’re a teenager you realise you’re gay - somethin...

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For the last two weeks we’ve been hearing stories from some incredible humans. And while we will continue to tell these stories, I want to  make sure we look deeper into how experiences like these impact us as humans, and our sense of self. 

So in today’s episode, I talk with Psychologist Amy Kate Isaacs, as we unpack some of the key themes from these stories. Amy Kate and her team will be back every few weeks to help explain the ps...

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If you were 18 years old and just found out, purely by accident, that you had an older sibling that you’d never met, how would you react?

Well today’s guest, Tammy Siddons, lived that experience, which kicked off many years of exploring her place in her family, and how to build a relationship with the sister she never knew she had.

But Tammy’s story doesn’t end there… in her adult years, she made an incredible sacrifice to save the l...

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July 22, 2021 58 mins

Imagine you’ve sent your child off on the adventure of a lifetime - living and working in London, travelling Europe, meeting new friends and exploring new places.

Then you receive news that changes everything. The unimaginable has happened, your child is missing, potentially murdered in a terrorist attack.

That nightmare became a reality for Queensland couple Julie and Mark Wallace when their daughter, Sara, was tragically killed in ...

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