Transforming Your Life with Dr. Malaika

Transforming Your Life with Dr. Malaika

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By Malaika Brown
Transforming Your Life with Dr. Malaika is a weekly podcast that explores various topics from a social and personal level and focuses on helping you live your best in every season of life. Dr. Malaika is a mental health clinician, educator, motivational speaker and author who uses her personal experiences, social situations and education to help challenge others to be the best version of themselves.
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A Real Conversation About Suicide
Suicide affects all demographics of people. Every year, about 41,000 people die by suicide, 1.3 million adults attempt suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan for suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. This doesn’t even include numbers for the youth. We need to have This conversation and we need to have it often.
32:53
September 17, 2019
Episode 32: Back-to-School Mental Health Toolkit
The beginning of a new school year brings many positives but also challenges for the child and parent. These challenges can impact mental health of not attended to properly. Let’s discuss things to be aware of and tips for how to deal with stressors as they occur.
34:30
August 27, 2019
Episode 31: The Forgotten Generation - Youth and Mental Health
Youth are often the forgotten group when it comes to mental health issues. They are often disregarded and have their issues minimize. Let’s discuss how you can better understand their issues and become an advocate.
28:38
August 20, 2019
Episode 30: Why Am I Single?
Singleness is often viewed as a deficiency socially. Many question why they are still single, especially if they are over a particular age. Let’s talk about the myths of singleness and why you could still be single.
29:34
August 13, 2019
Episode 29: America, We Have A Problem
Two mass shootings in a span of thirteen hours in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH committed by white Americans, one believed to have a white nationalist agenda, shows that there is a problem in America. The challenge is this problem has always been here. Radicalized racism is a cancer and we need to talk about it so change can occur.
28:38
August 6, 2019
Episode 28: Cheaters
With headlines like Nicole Murphy and Antoine Fuqua being caught in a compromising position in Italy, Prince William and Jay Z admitting to infidelity, cheating is a topic that needs to be discussed. What happens in the mind of a person that causes them to cheat?
31:32
July 30, 2019
Episode 27: A Prescription for Self-Love
Self-love is a popular term but what does that mean in practice? It is not a simply a state of feeling good but an appreciation for the self.
26:35
July 23, 2019
Episode 26: This is Your Brain on Love
When it comes to love, could your cognitive biases be keeping you from finding "the one"? “Use your head, not your heart." Many of us have been told that our brains will lead us down the right path. But are our brains really so wise in matters of love? Or do they lead us astray?
23:40
July 16, 2019
Episode 25: Imposter Syndrome
Many high achievers share a dirty little secret: Deep down they feel like complete frauds–their accomplishments the result of serendipitous luck. This psychological phenomenon, known as impostor syndrome, reflects a belief that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure, despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and quite successful.
30:22
July 9, 2019
Episode 24: It’s Above Me Now
Holding on to pain doesn’t fix anything. Replaying the past over and over again doesn’t change it, and wishing things were different doesn’t make it so. In some cases, especially when it comes to the past, all you can do is accept whatever it is you’re holding on to and then let it go. That’s how everything changes. You have to let go of what is hurting you, even if it feels almost impossible.
29:48
July 2, 2019
Episode 23: Is The Church Making You Sick?
Religion and spirituality are both rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life and, in some cases, how a relationship with a higher power may influence that meaning. While religion and spirituality are similar in foundation, they are very different in practice. Let’s discuss how both impact your overall health and wellbeing.
27:33
June 25, 2019
Episode 22: The Freedom of Forgiveness
Extensive research shows why you should forgive people who have offended or hurt you, even if they never ask. But what if there offense is extremely egregious? Is there a limit to what should be forgiven. Let’s discuss how freedom comes with forgiveness, and not to the forgiven.
26:03
June 11, 2019
Episode 21: Saying Goodbye and Doing It Well
People have developed various rituals around ending important life periods. They get together for a last meal, throw a good-bye party, or see their visitors off at the airport. Why would people go through this effort in finding a round ending rather than moving on right away to what is coming next? Most research on life transitions has focused on the new beginning and on what helps once people have started their new life period. Ending a phase in a well-rounded way causally promotes positive affect and a constructive transition.
26:41
June 4, 2019
Episode 20: Hot Topics
Join me and my friends as we talk about some hot topics impacting how we interact with and treat one another.
33:37
May 28, 2019
Episode 19: Passive Aggressiveness
Instead of getting visibly angry, some people express their hostility in passive-aggressive ways designed to hurt and confuse their target. Most people will have to deal with passive-aggression from others in their personal and professional lives at one time or another. Let’s talk about it!
25:24
May 21, 2019
Episode 18: Control Freaks
Being a control freak seems to be annoying yet harmless, but that isn’t the case. Control freaks experience consequences ranging from constant irritability to uncontrollable anger. In addition to wreaking havoc on your mental health, being a control freak also wastes time and energy, both of which are finite resources. Let’s identify the symptoms and talk about ways to improve.
24:55
May 14, 2019
Episode 17: Toxic People
Do you know a toxic person? Even if you don't now, at some point in your life you're bound to have come across a person who fits the description. Dealing with such an individual can be difficult and draining, to say the least. In fact, it may challenge what you know about yourself and push you to the limits.
23:42
May 7, 2019
Episode 16: We Wear the Masks
In everyday life, we all wear masks. It’s part of the reality of living that we have different “masks” or personas we project to the public. But what’s important is having some conscious awareness of what we’re doing and being able to see if the masks we wear interfere with healthy living.
24:35
April 30, 2019
Episode 15: Is Social Media Making You Sick?
The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. However, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average person checking their accounts a minimum of 28 times per day. Let’s talk about how this impacts mental health and changes that can be made.
25:44
April 23, 2019
Episode 14: When A Community Grieves
The untimely and tragic death of philanthropist, activist and rapper Nipsey Hussle has caused widespread grief for many who did not know him personally, not had a connection to the area he was from. Today we talk about him and the concept of mass grief, also known as mourning sickness.
26:12
April 16, 2019
Episode 13: The Power of Forgiving Yourself
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Lewis B. Smedes Forgiveness does not erase the past, but looks upon it with compassion. To withhold forgiveness keeps alive emotions of hurt, anger and blame which discolour your perception of life. To forgive, avoid ruminating on thoughts of being wronged. Rather, trust the power of forgiveness to heal the hurt and pain.
23:42
April 10, 2019
Episode 12: Emotional Addiction
Addiction is usually associated with excessive and harmful behavior or substance abuse. The word addiction conjures up weakness and dependency. And the same can be said about emotional addiction. An emotional addiction, not only colors our world with its shades, but can also be our crutch. So it’s crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing to examine how we feel most of the time and assess our negative emotional dependency.
26:47
April 2, 2019
Episode 11: Playing the Victim Game
"Victims" deal in judgments and "shoulds" in interactions with others. They operate on the basic assumption that the world should be fair: "I should have been loved by my parents." "My children should call me or write to me." "After all that I've done for her, the least she could do ..." This type of preoccupation with "rights" and "shoulds" is irrelevant to the real problems that we are all faced with. Let’s talk about ditching the victim role and playing the victim game and becoming accountable and adaptive in our behaviors.
21:42
March 26, 2019
Episode 10: Healing Your Inner Child
No matter how big or small, almost all of us experienced some kind of trauma as children. Inner child work is a vital component of inner work because it reconnects us with a wounded element of ourselves: the child within. When we reconnect with this fragmented part of ourselves, we can begin to discover the root of many of our fears, phobias, insecurities and sabotaging life patterns.
26:18
March 19, 2019
Episode 9: The Perfection Trap
‘Practice makes perfect.’ ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ There are so many more quotes that make us believe perfection is attainable but as Voltaire said ‘the best is the enemy of the good.’ Aiming for or expecting perfection is a trap with serious emotional consequences. Let’s discuss how to get out of or avoid the perfection trap.
28:46
March 12, 2019
Episode 8: Who Helps the Strong Friend?
Who is there for the friend that is always there for everyone else? How do you know when they even need help? Let’s talk about how to support the strong friend in the group and maybe even give some strong friends advice on when they need to seek support.
29:36
March 5, 2019
Episode 7: Liar, Liar
When did telling the truth become a lost virtue? It seems like in this country honesty is no longer respected or better yet demanded. What changes need to be made to get back to living in truth in real life?
24:20
February 26, 2019
Episode 6: Blackface in 2K19
Many don’t understand why blackface is such a big deal. About 1 in 3 Americans surveyed stated that blackface is always or sometimes acceptable. Let’s discuss the real issues around this controversial topic. Are we hurting one another by ignoring the impact of this practice?
25:17
February 19, 2019
Episode 5: VALENTINE DAY EDITION: Relationships - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Many have expectations and ideas about what a relationship should or shouldn’t be. Join me and my special guest, my husband Sharod, as we tackle some of those beliefs and have a little fun while talking about relationship good, bad and ugly.
32:28
February 12, 2019
Episode 4: Love Addicts
Love is a good thing right? Can there be too much of a good thing? There can and we are going to talk about it and gives some tips and making necessary changes as we talk about love addicts.
24:07
February 5, 2019
SPECIAL EDITION: Is Racism Mental Illness?
For over four decades, research has been done to try an identify if racism stemmed from a mental illness. Recent events bring this question back around again. Let’s explore and discuss if racism is in fact a mental illness.
23:02
February 1, 2019
Episode 3: Weaponized Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is a good thing right? Is there ever a time when it is a negative? Have you experienced a person using their self-esteem against you? Let’s talk about it!
26:51
January 29, 2019
Episode 2: Trump Syndrome
The current political climate has dictated socially how we treat one another on an individual level. Let’s examine the impact of Trump Syndrome on our everyday interactions and mentality.
28:36
January 22, 2019
Episode 1: Creating R. Kelly
Let's examine the case of R. Kelly and the allegations against him and what it means to the African American and church communities. There are issues within this case that need to be addressed and we dive into some of them during this episode.
26:39
January 14, 2019
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