Small Behavior Change: A Psychologist’s Exercise

Small Behavior Change: A Psychologist’s Exercise

Changing habits can be difficult, so it’s helpful to know if the benefit of a change will be greater than the effort involved. In this episode we’re sharing a simple exercise from the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It,” written by psychologist Shawn T. Smith. This exercise will help you to experiment with small behavior change methodically and in easy steps.

Tips to Help Eliminate Anxiety and Worry: A Conversation with Psychologist Shawn T. Smith

Tips to Help Eliminate Anxiety and Worry: A Conversation with Psychologist Shawn T. Smith

Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn T. Smith. He offers tips to help eliminate anxiety and worry, and discusses his audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” This audiobook is a road map to overriding the mind’s natural impulses toward worry, self-criticism, and fear. It offers helpful guidance for overruling your thoughts and feelings and taking charge of your mind and your life.

Tips to Help Eliminate Anxiety and Worry: A Conversation with Psychologist Shawn T. Smith

Think Like a Shrink: A Habit Change Exercise

Habit change can be challenging, so it helps to know if the benefit of a change will outweigh the effort involved. Today we’re sharing an exercise from the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It,” written by psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith. This exercise will help you approach habit change the way a psychologist might: methodically and in small steps.

Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s built to help you survive. But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits—like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, anxiety, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life? Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith. He discusses his audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It,” and offers helpful tips to eliminate worry and anxiety.

Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

In moderate amounts, anxiety and depression can improve our focus and performance. That doesn’t mean that depression and anxiety are always useful. In large doses, they are debilitating. However, one of the most important truths about our minds is this: we don’t always have to obey them.

In this episode, we hear from psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” Dr. Smith talks about the biology behind anxiety and depression. He calls them “ancient tools”—tools that aren’t well-suited for modern times. While anxiety and depression can often be debilitating, in small doses, these seemingly negative feelings can actually help you excel.

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