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SuperPsyched with Dr. Adam Dorsay

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SuperPsyched is a podcast dedicated to supercharging your life with Super Psychology Education. Each episode contains fun, fascinating, high-quality psychological content gained from interviewing top experts inside and outside the field of psychology. SuperPsyched will shed a light on fostering ideas and behaviors that you want to have more of in your life as well as gentle warnings to help you avoid those that you don’t. See you there!
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Episode 017: Treasures of the Unconscious with Dr. James Hollis

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Episode 020: Sex: Keeping it Hot Longterm with Dr. Pat Love
Are you in a long-term relationship and longing for greater sexual passion? If so, you’ll want to listen to this episode! Dr. Pat Love is an internationally-recognized expert, best-selling author,  and a masterful therapist who has specialized in helping couples rekindle their passion and love. Dr. Harville Hendrix has said of her work, “Every couple wanting to deepen or save their relationship should read it.” With humor, intelligence, and useful tips, Dr. Love delivers big in this episode.
1:02:59
July 9, 2020
Episode 019: Sexual Fluidity and Sex Minorities with Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams
Our vocabulary for describing sexual identity has expanded and today’s guest, Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, is the perfect person to discuss this important phenomenon. Ritch is Professor Emeritus of Developmental Psychology at Cornell University and he has written ten books on adolescent development, including Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity Among Men. Publishers Weekly has described his work as “An excellent resource.” Please listen in as Ritch helps us to understand sexual fluidity in today’s culture.
54:19
July 6, 2020
Episode 018: The MindBody Code: How Our Thoughts Impact Everything with Dr. Mario Martinez
Today’s guest, the great Dr. Mario Martinez, is a top expert on how thoughts impact our bodies, our success, and our longevity. Mario is a clinical neuropsychologist who researches how cultural beliefs affect health and longevity. He has conducted worldwide studies on large numbers healthy centenarians—that is, people who are 100 years or older—and found that only 20 to 25% can be attributed to genetics. The rest is related to how they live and the cultural beliefs they share. Mario is also the author of the bestselling book The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success which, quite simply, is a must-read. Through research, he explains out how to biohack our immune system with our thoughts. In addition, Mario has worked extensively with National Geographic as well as luminaries like Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Christiane Northrup who interviewed him on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Check out Mario’s fantastic work at https://www.biocognitive.com.
1:19:56
July 2, 2020
Episode 017: Treasures of the Unconscious with Dr. James Hollis
Have you ever noticed that in the scariest movies only part of what’s happening is revealed? The more that’s left to your imagination, the scarier it becomes. The same idea is true with what we hide from ourselves. That can make the process of self-discovery seem scarier than it needs to be. When we expend energy hiding from ourselves, we miss out on the richness of the Unconscious. And why is that important? Because most of what motivates us is unconscious. And to paraphrase the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, if we don’t come to know this large part of ourselves, it will drive us, and we will feel as if we have no say in how things turn out. This episode is near and dear to my heart. Many years ago, I was reading a book by today’s guest and thought, “I feel like I’m listening to Yoda. I’m hearing the words of one of the wisest people I’ve ever come across…it would be a huge gift to have a cup of tea with him.” And that is exactly what you’ll be getting today, a gift from one of psychology’s deepest thinkers and I recommend you pour yourself a nice cup of tea as you listen in. Dr. James Hollis received his training at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and he has been a licensed Jungian analyst for almost forty years. He is in private practice in Washington, D.C. and is the author of sixteen truly fantastic books. I like to think of Jim as being an expert detective of the unconscious and this episode reflects his ease at navigating this mysterious area of our lives. I invite you to view the teaser for his film at: https://www.documentary.org/project/soulheal and to consider making a tax-deductible donation to this important non-profit project.
1:17:53
June 29, 2020
Episode 016: The Science of Happiness with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
For this interview on the Science of Happiness, I had the privilege of an in-depth conversation with one of the world authorities on the subject, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar (http://www.talbenshahar.com/). Tal is an author and lecturer and he taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership with over 1,400 students in a class. That was 20% of the entire undergraduate population! Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.  The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur, and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships.  Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard. Some other sites relating to our conversation: http://sonjalyubomirsky.com/ https://crucibletherapy.com/about/david-schnarch https://www.oliversacks.com/
52:26
June 25, 2020
Episode 015: The Science of Awe with Dr. Jonah Paquette
Have you recently felt down, anxious, or out of touch with why we are here? If so, you are not alone. Today’s episode is about a surprisingly easy way to feel happier and more connected to life. And how you do it is tapping into the experience of awe and wonder. Science shows overwhelming evidence that tapping into this feeling is one of the most protective and healthful things we can do for our body and our mind. But what exactly is awe? And how do we quantify it let alone explain what it is and how it can help? My guest, Dr. Jonah Paquette, explains it to you in this episode. Jonah is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author.  He is the author of Real Happiness, a self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the field of happiness research and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox is a research-based self-help workbook and it provides easy-to-use handouts and worksheets designed to increase happiness and life satisfaction. His newest book, Awestruck, explores the science of awe, and how moments of wonder benefit our physical and emotional health. Dr. Paquette is a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he serves as the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training. Spanning 20 medical centers and consisting of nearly 200 mental health trainees, it is the largest non-governmental training program in the United States. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country and internationally. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. For more information about Jonah and his work, please visit www.jonahpaquette.com.
56:17
June 22, 2020
Episode 014: The Psychology of Pet Loss with Dr. Betty Carmack
Have you ever loved or been loved by a pet? Have you ever lost a pet? If so, it was likely a big loss. For several years, I served as a pet loss counselor at the Humane Society. I have never seen so many tears before or since. And I’m not surprised: pets give so much to us, especially, the unconditional love we so need. Right now, we are in the midst of Shelter in Place with COVID and for many of us, everything can be a bit harder, including pet loss. I thought it would be a good time to talk to the best person I know when it comes to pet loss, my mentor, Dr. Betty Carmack. Betty is Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, who has worked with pet loss since 1982. She initiated and led the monthly pet loss support groups at the SF/SPCA from 1982 to 2015. In addition to working with individuals grieving the death of their companion animals, she has worked with the staff of humane societies, veterinary hospitals and animal care organizations.   She has authored articles in both the professional and lay literature, presented at numerous professional conferences, and engaged in research related to pet loss. She is the author of the book Grieving the Death of a Pet. Her work was inspired by the accidental death of her beloved dog, Rocky, in 1979, and her recognition of the need to have support available to those struggling with the loss of their beloved animal companions.   Deciding when to put a pet down can be an incredibly hard and painful decision. In the event that you have an ailing pet and need help in assessing if it is time to consider saying goodbye to your pet, here is the link for the Quality of Life Questionnaire by Dr. Alice Villalobos,: https://www.aplb.org/resources/quality-of-life_scale.html
52:39
June 18, 2020
Episode 013: The Psychology of a Former Neo-Nazi with Arno Michaelis
I have a grim statistic to report: over the past four years, the number of hate groups operating across America has risen to a record high of over 1,000 in total (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/us/hate-groups-rise.html); this is more than a 30% increase since 2016.  Prior to that, the groups’ numbers were rapidly declining. When you hear about white supremacists, Neo Nazis, or other hate groups, have you ever asked yourself, “How in the world do they think that way?”  What could compel people to join a hate group?  And, after joining, is there any hope that someone can leave a life of hate? Today we have a guest who can give us insight into the answers to these questions and more because of his unique experience. Arno Michaelis is a former Neo Nazi who, in the 80’s and early 90’s, was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization.  He was even the lead singer of a hate metal band that sold over 20,000 CD’s.  In a 180-degree turn around, Arno now works tirelessly to educate the public about hate and hate groups. and tries to help get people out of hate groups of all kinds.  Arno and I have worked together to provide education at both Facebook and Digital Ocean, and I have come to know him well. He is regularly interviewed by the national media to provide his valuable insight into the activity of hate groups and he assists organizations including Against Violent Extremism (http://www.againstviolentextremism.org/), The Forgiveness Project (https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/), Search For Common Ground (https://www.sfcg.org/), and Parents for Peace (https://www.parents4peace.org/). He is also the author of My Life After Hate (https://medium.com/@arnomichaelisIV) and the co-author of the Gifts of our Wounds (http://giftofourwounds.com/). On a personal note, Arno has had dinner with my family and has spoken to my book club.  I have experienced him as a man of great integrity, transparency, and kindness who has reinvented himself in ways that I find both stunning and inspiring. So, please listen in as Arno Michaelis and I do a deep dive into the psychology of a former Neo Nazi.
1:07:37
June 15, 2020
Episode 012: Music and the Psyche with Sea Stars Kurt Baumann & Katie Gray
This episode explores music and the psyche with two of the most gifted musicians I’ve ever heard. Ethereal and contemplative, the music of Katie Gray and Kurt Baumann, collectively known as Sea Stars (https://seastars.bandcamp.com/), have been seen nationally on the Today Show with Hoda Kotb and around the globe. Kurt and Katie are married and work both together and apart in their artistic and musical ventures. Katie (www.katiegray.com) writes and records her own music and has been a guest vocal with groups such as Band of Horses (live on Jimmy Kimmel) and has worked with numerous artists including Ani Difranco. Kurt performs and records with his band The Burned (www.theburnedmusic.com), was the founder of the band Kan’Nal and has recorded and toured with electronic super hero Adam Freeland. Here are some links to listen further: Live on The Today Show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrorsNKVxIs Mind over Matter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oLtL_S3Fng The Maker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpMvZE07ixM
1:15:06
June 8, 2020
Episode 011: The Mind of a Psychopath with Dr. Reid Meloy
If you have ever wondered what the word “psychopath” meant, you will find the answer in this episode. Dr. Reid Meloy is someone I respect deeply and he is sharing his knowledge of psychopathy and dark personalities in this episode. Dr. Meloy is a really big deal in my eyes and in the world of psychology and he is one of the tops experts on the subject of psychopathy in the world. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Reid twice, once at Facebook and another time at DigitalOcean, both times I had invited him in to speak to the Safety and Security Teams at each company and he was as compelling as he is in this interview. Please note, for the first 2 and a half minutes, we get pretty thick into weeds of psychological diagnosis and I’m leaving it in! But fear not, the rest of the interview is easily understood.Dr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March, 2015, and Visiting Scholar at University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich in May, 2018. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred forty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited twelve books. He has been consulting, researching and writing about personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past thirty years. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu). His recent book with Dr. Hoffmann is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 V3 (www.wavr21.com), a structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence. Dr. Meloy has been a consultant to the FBI, Quantico, for the past eighteen years, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol, www.gifrinc.com). He was a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consulting member of Work Trauma Services, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, Team Psychology and Security in Darmstadt, Germany, L&S Threat Management in South Africa, and the Freeh Group International Solutions. He was also an associate editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.
1:21:38
June 2, 2020
Episode 010: Science of Sleep with Dr. Michael Breus
Dr. Michael Bruce is one of the world's leading experts in sleep medicine. He is a clinical psychologist Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is regularly interviewed on TV and has been widely featured on CNN, Oprah, Dr. Oz, The View, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, The CBS Early Show, and he has been on stage with Tony Robbins. He has written several best-selling books on sleep including, “The Power of When,” which we will discuss on this episode. Feel free to take his test on your chronotype by going to his website: https://thepowerofwhenquiz.com/
43:16
June 1, 2020
Episode 009: The Psychology of Being a Healthcare Worker During COVID-19 with Dr. Brian McBeth
In this episode, I interview Dr. Brian McBeth, a hospital executive and physician in San Jose, CA, to learn about his thoughts and experiences during COVID-19. He provides details of how and other medical workers cope in the face of this pandemic.Dr. McBeth also cites having good information as a primary coping strategy. I recommend visiting www.snopes.com to verify information as needed. Here are some resources Brian endorses for receiving up-to-date information pertaining to COVID-19SCC public health dashboard (public and frequently updated data, on cases, testing, hospital resources) https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard.aspxit's a good source for providers and the public as well. but local data. many of the county PH depts in CA put out similar metrics/dashboards, but not sure if every or most local PH depts do the same across of the country..National and international sources:CDC COVID-19 website: frequently updated and great for national perspectivehttps://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard.aspxWHO dashboard international epidemiology and broad perspectiveshttps://covid19.who.int/?gclid=CjwKCAjwtqj2BRBYEiwAqfzurx3qrvm_St9Cv0X6nTgOhgd3NXU0DaoIuMDgqkshh4ucUGiZgXXVqhoCMOYQAvD_BwEWHO: at the top of the page one can click "public advice" or "country and technical guidance" which is designed for health care workers and policy makersLastly, if you want to geek out and see high quality emergency medicine information, EMRAP is a subscription emergency medicine CME service, but they've made all their COVID-19 content free to the public. Most of it is technical, but it can be useful.Psychology,Infection,COVID,Emotions,Coping,Patient,Medical,Healthcare,Fear,Disease,ProtectionPPE,Administration,Doctor,Physician,Administrator,Anxiety,Loneliness, Courage ,health
58:40
May 25, 2020
Episode 008: The Science of Hope with Dr. David Feldman
Dr. David B. Feldman is the McCarthy Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. He has authored three books, most recently including Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals as well as in popular publications, including SELF, 'O': The Oprah Magazine, Time, and the Harvard Business Review. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network, MSNBC, and National Public Radio, among others. In addition, he writes regularly for Psychology Today and is the host of the “Psychology in 10 Minutes” podcast, which can be found at psychologyin10minutes.com or through any podcast app.
58:19
May 24, 2020
Episode 007: The Science of a Weekly Tech Shabbat with Tiffany Shlain
This episode is about the importance of taking a true and rejuvenating day off every week. We explore the roots of the Sabbath as well as how to actually take a full day off. Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and author of the best-selling book about her family’s decade long practice of turning off screens one day a week for the past decade 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week. The Museum of Modern Art in New York just premiered her new live Spoken Cinema performance Dear Human, based on her book 24/6. She lectures and performs worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. During Covid, Tiffany is has been doing special weekly newsletters and is hosting a weekly #ZoomChallahBake on Fridays with special guests. For information on her book, baking, films, lectures and her quarterly newsletter Breakfast @ Tiffany’s at tiffanyshlain.com and follow Tiffany on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
1:00:56
May 24, 2020
Episode 006: The Psychology of Public Speaking with Bronwyn Saglimbeni
Bronwyn Saglimbeni is a communication coach, writer and speaker devoted to helping people SHINE. Known for her playful, irreverent approach to coaching (and life in general), Bronwyn teaches serious transformation in how we communicate, inspire and connect with those around us.Bronwyn has prepared clients for television appearances on American Idol, Real Time with Bill Maher, Bloomberg TV, CNBC’s Power Lunch, the Oprah Show, the Home Shopping Network, and PBS Newshour. Bronwyn has midwifed over a hundred and twenty TEDx, TED Global, and TED talks.When she’s not writing or in coaching mode, Bronwyn’s goal is to be the “eye of the storm” in a household of three children and a Type A husband in the Bay Area. She spends an alarming amount of time listening to NPR, sings in a cover band, and secretly wishes she could write a novel, pen a decent song, and learn to speak Farsi. Not necessarily in that order
1:01:32
May 23, 2020
Episode 005: Science of Intuition with Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder is the author of Decisive Intuition, a book that I found fascinating and very useful. He is also the Founder and CEO of Invisible Edge, a consulting firm that develops intuitive intelligence for learders at companies of all sizes. He has been featured in Forbes, The Economist, Inc., CNBC, and Fast Company, and live TV.
52:35
May 17, 2020
Episode 004: The Psychology of Comedy with Alicia Dattner
I saw Alicia Dattner (http://aliciadattner.com/) perform at the Science and Nonduality Conference last fall and she rocked the stage in front of an international audience of over 800 people. Her comedy is deep, psychological, often dark, and ridiculously funny. She has a powerful new voice and it’s always evolving.Alicia did her first standup set at 18 and she graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in standup and filmmaking.She’s been mentored by several talented comedians over the years, including W. Kamau Bell, Eugene Mirman, and Bill Santiago. She’s also been playing clubs like The Improv and Gotham Comedy Club, performing in San Francisco, New York, London, Hollywood, Honolulu, Bali, and Bombay. Alicia was voted Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian, and she’s won a bunch of other awards. Some of the people with whom she’s performed have included luminaries like Maria Bamford, Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher, Arj Barker, Kate Willett, and many others.She’s about to release her sixth comedy show, entitled “Are You Dressed for the Apocalypse?"
1:13:15
May 9, 2020
Episode 003: One of the Fastest Tools for Self-Knowledge: The Enneagram with Dr. Beatrice Chestunut
As a psychologist, I have seen many personality typing systems but the one that has impressed me most so far is the Enneagram. A big reason I like it so much is because of its depth and ability to inform people of blind spots in a shockingly efficient manner. I have seen firsthand how the Enneagram can help people improve their careers, their relationships, and even how they relate to themselves. To help us understand the Enneagram better, I called on one of the top experts in the world, Dr. Beatrice Chestnut (https://beatricechestnut.com/). Bea is a psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She holds graduate degrees in communication and clinical psychology and is the author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st century Workplace. She also served as president of the International Enneagram Association in 2006 and 2007. A dedicated student of the Enneagram for over 30 years, she currently offers Enneagram workshops internationally through Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy, the school she co-founded with Uranio Paes. In their work around the world, Bea and Uranio focus on using the Enneagram as a tool for personal and professional transformation. Listen in as Bea and I go deep and one of the fastest tools to self-knowledge: The Enneagram.
1:02:55
May 9, 2020
Episode 002: Unpacking Male Sexuality with Jim Benson
Sex. It’s one of life’s great paradoxes. Few things can bring as much pleasure and connection. And yet, few things can also bring as much pain and vulnerability. There are so many misconceptions about what constitutes good sex as well as who we are as sexual beings. And, even in this day and age, it can be tough for people to talk about sex in a matter-of-fact tone.Today we will be talking about male sexuality in a very matter-of-fact tone with a true expert. Jim Benson (http://www.jimbenson.net/) is a coach who helps men of all ages and backgrounds know themselves more fully as sexual beings. For the past 17 years he has been coaching men to experience what he calls “breakthroughs in the bedroom.” Jim is a certified and experienced Tantra teacher and has worked broadly in the US and Europe.
1:00:32
May 9, 2020
Episode 001: Introducing SuperPsyched
SuperPsyched is a podcast dedicated to supercharging your life with Super Psychology Education. Each episode contains fun, fascinating, high-quality psychological content gained from interviewing top experts inside and outside the field of psychology. SuperPsyched will shed a light on fostering ideas and behaviors that you want to have more of in your life as well as gentle warnings to help you avoid those that you don’t. See you there!
01:39
May 9, 2020