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The Emotionally Sensitive Person: A Conversation with Dr. Karyn Hall

The Emotionally Sensitive Person: A Conversation with Dr. Karyn Hall

If you’re an emotionally sensitive person, you’ve probably heard this before: “Stop being so sensitive.” These words can be frustrating because you can’t just switch off your emotions. But there are effective techniques that can help you manage your emotions before they take over your life.

Psychologist Dr. Karyn Hall joins us to offer advice for emotionally sensitive people and to talk about her audiobook, “The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You.” This audiobook provides proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help anyone who struggles with intense emotions.

In this informative conversation, Dr. Hall talks offers advice for those who are emotionally sensitive. She also discusses mindfulness, and why it’s especially helpful for the emotionally sensitive person.

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Access Your Wise Self to Manage Intense Emotions

Access Your Wise Self to Manage Intense Emotions

Do you ever wish you could manage intense emotions more confidently? Anger, hurt, grief, worry, and other intense feelings can be overwhelming. If you find yourself feeling out of control or overly emotional then you’ll appreciate this episode which features an excerpt from the popular audiobook “Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage & Balance Your Life,” by mental health therapist, Sheri Van Dijk, MSW. Sheri draws from her extensive experience teaching dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to offer a comprehensive audiobook full of helpful tips for managing intense emotions. Today Sheri discusses three different ways we think about the events and people in our lives. At any time, we can be processing with our “emotional self,” our “reasonable self,” or our “wise self.” Sheri discusses how to access or wisest self, expand self-awareness, and begin living an emotionally balanced and harmonious life.

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Practicing Mindfulness to Overcome Anxiety, Fear and Worry

Practicing Mindfulness to Overcome Anxiety, Fear and Worry

Anxiety is an epidemic in our modern world. Almost everyone experiences some anxiety regularly. In this episode, Psychologist Dr. David Klemanski talks about the latest and most effective techniques available to reduce and eliminate anxiety, including practicing mindfulness to overcome anxiety. He also discusses his new audiobook, “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” step-by-step guide for managing the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic. If you’re ready to take steps to skillfully manage anxiety, then you’ll appreciate this informative interview.

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Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Staying within our comfort zones is reassuring and very tempting. However, many experts agree that our lives improves when we break out of our comfort zones. In this episode we’re sharing a humorous excerpt from the audiobook “How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use,” written by psychologist Randy Paterson. In this tongue-in-cheek audiobook, Dr. Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you might just find yourself living a happy, fulfilled life. We hope this excerpt will inspire you to try new things, take some new chances, and expand beyond your comfort zones into a world of new possibilities!

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Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

How often do you crawl into bed after an exhausting day only to find that you can’t sleep? What’s often overlooked in getting a good night’s sleep is the importance of preparing for sleep. In this episode psychologist Dr. Ted Zeff offers some practical techniques to help you transition from your wakeful, daytime life to a night of deep, restful sleep.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World,” written Dr. Ted Zeff.

In this episode, Dr. Zeff addresses a problem that many highly sensitive people suffer from—sleep issues. While some people can sleep through sirens and earthquakes, the highly sensitive person feels they can’t sleep with light background noise or ambient lighting. While there are many possible reasons for sleep problems, over stimulation can often block natural sleep signals, and leave you tossing and turning. Dr. Zeff offers essential strategies to help you make the transition from alert and awake to deep sleep.

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Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook “The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It,” by psychologist Dr. David Carbonell. This popular and effective audiobook shows how anxiety hijacks the brain, and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry—once and for all.

In this episode, Dr. Carbonell talks about how it’s easy to get fooled by our thoughts— especially worrisome thoughts. The real meaning of the worrisome thoughts generally has little to do with the subject matter of the thoughts. In this excerpt, he shares his approach to dealing with chronic worry.

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How Men Think: Insights & Tips for Women

How Men Think: Insights & Tips for Women

We all know that men and women think differently. When women don’t understand how the male mind works, it can lead to frustration, misunderstandings and difficult relationships. Today psychologist Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The Woman’s Guide to How Men Think,” offers insights into male psychology, and some practical tips for women to help them better understand and connect with the men they love.

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Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight,” written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.
 
Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation.

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Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

What happens when the ground beneath your feet gives way? A relationship ends unexpectedly, success turns to failure overnight, a loved one dies, or you receive a diagnosis out of the blue. In times of deep uncertainty, we often have the sense that our world is spinning out of control. Jeff Foster studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. He now holds meetings around the world, gently pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. In this episode, we’re sharing an excerpt from Jeff’s audiobook, “Falling in Love with Where You Are”—where he offers comforting and inspiring wisdom for times of deep uncertainty.

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Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

How many times a day do you criticize or judge yourself? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Lynn Rossy shares a short guided meditation from her audiobook “The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life.” This guided mindfulness practice will help you notice thoughts without judgment or trying to change what arises. You can learn to not be affected by your thoughts and relate to them in a way that ends their control of you and your behavior.

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