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The Shift Show

The experts at Shift Psychological are on a mission to make the world of psychology approachable, easy to understand, and (*gasp*) enjoyable. Join us as we break things down, without all the psychobabble. The Shift Show may use course language and topics not suitable for younger listeners. It should never be used as a replacement for Psychological services, therapy assessments or consultations. If you need help always consult a licensed mental health professional.... Show More

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May 11, 2020 27 min
Dr. Lindsay and Zac discuss some tips and tricks for you to follow as you go through your own Life Analysis. Feel free to follow along with the podcast or just go through the resource at your own pace. You can even just listen to the podcast on it’s own. Whatever works for you. 
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Dr. Lindsay and Zac discuss some tips and tricks for you to follow as you go through your own Life Analysis. Feel free to follow along with the podcast or just go through the resource at your own pace. You can even just listen to the podcast on it’s own. Whatever works for you. 
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On this episode, we explore the excitement and emotion of playing tabletop role-playing games.















On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac welcomes Dr. Megan Connell to discuss how tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. They discuss the importance of play at any age, and how getting together with friends to roll dice and tell stories can be fun, memorable, and even therapeutic. Join us for one of the nerdiest episodes of...
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On this episode, Zac and James discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).















On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and James discuss the ins and outs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). What is an obsession anyway? What is a compulsion? What Limiting Beliefs and Dysfunctional Needs contribute to the mindset that supports OCD? Find out in this episode.If you would like to contact us, please do so via Twitter or our Contact Page.F...
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On this episode, Zac and Andrea explore how looking beyond yourself can change your perspective.















On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and Andrea start a conversation after Andrea has a chance encounter in the Tim Horton's drive-thru. The ensuing conversation explores the value to personal reflection, mindfulness, and taking the perspective of others.We can often get stuck in our own narratives, limiting beliefs, and dysfunctio...
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On this episode, Zac is joined by Dr. Lindsay to talk all about how limiting beliefs show up in our relationships.















Sometimes people think they need couples counselling, when they actually need some intense individual therapy. Zac Erickson and Dr. Lindsay Sewall help tease these apart so you can recognize when limiting beliefs are at the core of relationship issues.Limiting beliefs can look like perfectionism, sensitivity to rejectio...
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On this episode, The Shift Show enters the world of evolutionary psychology, and how the oldest parts of our brain impact how we think, feel, and behave.















Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson take us WAY back, discussing the origins of the human brain. In understanding the difference between the "lizard brain" and the more primate specific areas, we can begin to understand why we think and feel the way that we do.Evolutionarily sp...
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This week The Shift Show focuses on conflict resolution and communicating with people in difficult situations.



Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson discuss avoiding the pitfalls of conflicts and trying to get to the root of the conflict with the people in your life in the healthiest way possible. What do you do in the situations that become conflictual relationships as opposed to conflictual situations?Andrea notes that the best place to...
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Zac's history of dealing with ADHD















Zac discusses being able to understand some of the symptoms that his ADHD created in childhood. Not being able to sustain mental effort in early assignments in school. When something was not stimulating enough to hold his attention in childhood he often encountered shame-based accusations of being lazy, stupid or destructive.Zac also discusses the often neglected, positive coping strategies and...
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Toxicity is an element that deprives us from developing correctly. Psychological toxicity is the ongoing occurrence of patterns that negatively effect our ability to navigate our natural environment effectively.When we are young we have to figure things out and navigate our realities very quickly. During periods of high stimulation we depend on our emotional systems to determine threats or unbalance in our environments. We are wire...
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In honour of Remembrance Day, Zac interviews CPT Matthew Dudley, Human Resources Officer of the United States Army, and his wife, Shannon.When Shannon and Matthew first met, he was deployed to Iraq. Five months into his time there, Matthew came home for two weeks, and they got married. He then left for another seven months."There were some times that I wondered if I was going to be 19 year-old widow," Shannon says."I ha...
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November 5, 2018 56 min
When does recreational use of a substance turn into abusing it? What effect does substance use have on your health and well-being?
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The post 020 Appetite for Life Halloween Special: Fear at Deadmonton appeared first on The Shift Show.
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October 15, 2018 50 min
What feeds into porn use? It is good or is it bad? We are going to be tackling these topics and more surrounding porn addiction.
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How are family dynamics changing over time? What needs to be done to create a nurturing and stable family? Zac and Andrea take an in depth look into the family dynamic. Specifically, what each partner needs to do in order to satisfy the needs of the family members and what communication between one another should look like.Intro music courtesy of Bensound
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What is the best way to relax and calm your mind? We all have different tools that we use to deal with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, etc. But, have you ever tried floating in a sensory deprivation tank? According to Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips from Modern Gravity, floating is one way that people can reduce anxiety and find that sense of calm in their mind.The duo founded their business in 2014, starting out with ...
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June 25, 2018 44 min
On this week's episode, Zac and Andrea discuss money – specifically how to spend in a way to have a fulfilling life. Referencing a study for Purdue University, Zac and Andrea analyze how people spend money and look into the factors that cause bad spending habits. Andrea shares her experiences with money and offers insight to the age old question: Can money buy happiness?Intro music courtesy of Bensound
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Dr. Kristine Wolski discusses adult education and specializing in understanding how to help people grow, learn, share and change. She eventually focused on harnessing the power of narrative to affect real change in peoples lives. Allowing people to move away from their old frameworks of reference and make changes to affectively, in her particular case, stay out of prison.Zac mentions that limiting beliefs can often be the destabili...
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Meet Divina Diefor, Alberta's Drag Superstar 2017 and member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose. She has been studying drag for six years, and performing for three.Diefor has struggled with the limiting beliefs ‘I don't fit', ‘I don't belong', and ‘I'm not understood', but has managed to overcome those beliefs through the art of drag."I see Devina as a storyteller," Diefor says. ...
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Zac and Lindsay discuss psychopathic offenders. What exactly makes someone a psychopath? Well, it's a combination of many factors such as lack of empathy, impulsiveness, manipulative, callous, past criminal behaviour – among others.Lindsay also analyzes psychopaths in cinema, from Buffalo Bill's psychotic episodes to Tony Montana's macho, violent behaviour.*Intro music courtesy of Bensound



















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