Talking Brains

Talking Brains

By Stephanie Sarkis PhD
A podcast about therapy and what makes your brain happy. Hosted by best-selling author and therapist Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD.
www.stephaniesarkis.com
You're Really Not That Smart: The Dunning-Kruger Effect
What's the opposite of imposter syndrome?  When someone thinks they know more than they actually do.  It's a cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and you'll learn how to combat it.  Also, my story of an unnamed giant in the mental health field who told me that ADHD fMRIs were fake and colored in by hand.  Stephanie Sarkis PhD is the host of Talking Brains and the author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free. www.stephaniesarkis.com
35:57
October 12, 2019
When You Don't Feel "Good Enough": Imposter Syndrome
Do you have fears that people will find out that you're really not as good as they think you are?  Do you feel that you're never "good enough"?  Imposter syndrome is common phenomenon that can leave you feeling inadequate and insecure.  Learn how to conquer it on this episode of Talking Brains.  Stephanie Sarkis PhD is the host of Talking Brains.  www.stephaniesarkis.com
29:53
October 2, 2019
Is it Gaslighting or Poor Communication?
I received an email asking me the difference between a gaslighting relationship and one where the partners don't communicate effectively.  I'll be sharing quotes from that email along with my answers.  The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD, author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com
10:54
September 16, 2019
Demystifying Mindfulness with Dr. Tony Quaglieri
The word "mindfulness" seems to be everywhere.  Do we really know what it means to be mindful, or to practice mindfulness?  Dr. Tony Quaglieri talks about what mindfulness really is, and leads you through a mindfulness exercise.  He also lets you know how easy it is to practice mindfulness even if you have only a few spare minutes a day.  Tony Quaglieri PhD can be found at www.anthonyquaglieri.com.  The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD at www.stephaniesarkis.com. 
31:14
September 6, 2019
Coping with Empty Nest Syndrome
You may have children going off to college this year.  Feeling a sense of grief about your child leaving is totally normal.  Learn how you can best cope with your "new normal."  The Psychology Today article of this episode, along with the interview on empty nests in Good Housekeeping, can be found here: https://bit.ly/2P6pE9b The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD at www.stephaniesarkis.com.
07:48
August 21, 2019
ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship
Welcome back to Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA, author of the new book ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship. Dr. Tuckman's book is the first that focuses exclusively on ADHD and sex.  Discover how ADHD impacts your sex life, and why unloading the dishwasher without being reminded is one of the best things you can do for your relationship.  Seriously.  Dr. Tuckman's site is www.tuckmanpsych.com. Stephanie Sarkis PhD is the host of Talking Brains. www.stephaniesarkis.com
38:34
August 14, 2019
Why Are People with ADHD More Vulnerable to Gaslighting?
If you have ADHD, you may find that you are more prone to being manipulated in relationships due to ADHD-related issues, including feeling "less than".   Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse where a person manipulates others to gain control over them.  According to studies, you are more likely to be an abusive relationship than your peers when you have ADHD.   Why does having ADHD make you more vulnerable to gaslighting?  Learn what you can do to prevent having these types of relationships in the future.   The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD, author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com.
25:54
August 7, 2019
Why a Gaslighting/Narcissistic Relationship Is So Devastating
 Gaslighters/narcissists cause a great deal of trauma to others.  If you are in a relationship with a gaslighter/narcissist, it may have traumatized you in ways that you aren't consciously aware of yet.  Discover how the gaslighter/narcissist may be impacting your view of yourself and the world around you.  The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD, the author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com
22:30
July 23, 2019
Rebuilding After a Gaslighting or Narcissistic Relationship
You survived an emotionally abusive relationship with a gaslighter/narcissist.  How do you start healing and how do you avoid these relationships in the future?  How do you find yourself again, after being told repeatedly that you were "less than"?  Learn the building blocks to surviving and thriving after a relationship with a gaslighter or narcissist.   The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD, author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free. www.stephaniesarkis.com
38:15
July 13, 2019
Parallel Coparenting: You Do Your Thing, I'll Do Mine...with Jeremy Gaies PsyD
No one said coparenting would be easy.  But what if your coparenting relationship causes anger and frustration more days than not?  Parallel coparenting and consulting with a parent coordinator may be options for you.  Jeremy Gaies PsyD, psychologist, family mediator, and coauthor of Mindful Coparenting: A Child-Friendly Path Through Divorce shares which coparenting options might be best for you - whether your coparenting relationship is low-conflict, medium-conflict, or high-conflict.  If you aren't sure which conflict style your coparenting might be, Dr. Gaies can help you with that too.  I'm Stephanie Sarkis PhD, host of Talking Brains and author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com
1:05:02
July 1, 2019
How CBT Can Help You Deal With Difficult People
Research in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has found it to be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and ADHD.  CBT can also help you cope with life stressors, including dealing with difficult people.   Our guest is Seth Gillihan PhD, a licensed psychologist and author.  He is the author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple, and the creator of The CBT Deck: 101 Practices to Improve Thoughts.  Dr. Gillihan can be found at www.sethgillihan.com.  I'm your host, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis. I can be found at www.stephaniesarkis.com.
57:30
June 18, 2019
Financial/Economic Abuse: How to Break Free
Financial/Economic abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence cases.  It's a way that abusers/gaslighters/narcissists gain power and control in a relationship.  Find out how to identify financial/economic abuse, and learn what you can do to protect yourself and your children.  Resources: National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.thehotline.org or 1-800-799-7233; domestic violence pro bono legal services guide at  www.probono.net/dv/oppsguide/. Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is the host of Talking Brains and the author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com  
16:37
June 12, 2019
What to Do When Your Boss is a Gaslighter
What should you do when your boss is a narcissist or sociopath?  How should you cope when your boss continually harasses you and sabotages your work?  Learn the answers to these questions, and discover how to protect yourself.   Stephanie Sarkis PhD is the host of Talking Brains and the author of Gaslighting: How to Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  There is a whole chapter in Gaslighting devoted to gaslighting in the workplace. www.stephaniesarkis.com
21:10
May 30, 2019
When is a Relationship "Bad Enough"?: Leaving a Gaslighter
I've had several people contact me and ask me, "What if my partner meets only a few characteristics of a gaslighter?  Should I leave?" In this podcast I detail 11 warning signs of a gaslighter, plus information to help you decide if it is time to leave.  Stephanie Sarkis PhD is the author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free. www.stephaniesarkis.com
20:00
May 14, 2019
Gaslighters & Gift-Giving
Gaslighters are terrible at giving gifts....and they can be equally as terrible at receiving them.  What do you say when you get stung by the gaslighter over a gift?  Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD, author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free.  www.stephaniesarkis.com
14:28
April 23, 2019
Collaborative Divorce Helps Families Heal with Jeremy Gaies PsyD
Collaborative divorce helps families heal when parents' relationships change.  Jeremy Gaies PsyD is a licensed psychologist and certified family mediator who specializes in helping divorcing families pursue peaceful solutions.  Dr. Gaies is the author of “A Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce” and the co-author of “Mindful Co-Parenting: A Child-Friendly Path Through Divorce.” The host of Talking Brains is Stephanie Sarkis PhD at www.stephaniesarkis.com
39:58
February 28, 2019
Malevolence "Monster" OCD with Seth J. Gillihan PhD
Malevolence or "monster" obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) includes obsessions about hurting other people.  Licensed psychologist Seth J. Gillihan PhD gives us more info about malevolence OCD, including treatment. Dr. Gillihan is a clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  His books include Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery. His website is www.sethgillihan.com.  Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD. www.stephaniesarkis.com
39:37
February 18, 2019
Racial Bias in Media & What You Can Do About It
This episode I'm joined by Torraine Walker to discuss racial bias in media - specifically the ways in which the media tends to portray white alleged offenders as "innocent" and people of color alleged offenders as "guilty".  (Thank you Torraine for describing our discussion so well!) We also talk about what you can do to combat this bias.  Torraine Walker is a writer, journalist, and social media influencer with over 50 bylines in publications including Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Splinter (formerly Fusion), and RaceBaitR. His website is www.torrainewalker.com, and his Twitter and Insta are @torrainewalker.  I'm your host, Stephanie Sarkis PhD www.stephaniesarkis.com
51:44
January 27, 2019
Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce: Putting Your Kids First
Learn how collaborative law, a non-adversarial way to settle issues, can help make life less stressful when you are going through a divorce or separation.  Special guest is attorney and published author Adam Cordover JD at www.familydiplomacy.com and based in Tampa, Florida.  Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD at www.stephaniesarkis.com
58:04
January 9, 2019
Herding Cats: The Psychology Behind Managing a Large Online Group
Meet Aston Bright MBA. Aston is the founder and administrator of the Facebook group Off the Grid: Political Talk, Current Events, Social Issues & True Crime. Learn how to become a "psychological ninja" in order to successfully manage a 3,000 member group. Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD. www.stephaniesarkis.com
39:13
December 7, 2018
Mental Energy as Expenses and Income with Irene Kerzhnerman PhD
Is your energy running low? Viewing your energy as a bank account can stop you from being "overdrawn". Irene Kerzhnerman PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Boca Raton, Florida. With over 20 years experience, she has been trained to understand the relationship between the body and mind and to help people maximize their overall health. She can be found at www.drireneonline.com. Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD. www.stephaniesarkis.com
41:06
November 20, 2018
How Children Thrive with Mark Bertin MD
Mark Bertin MD discusses child development and parenting - valuable information that can also be found in his newest book, "How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids". Dr. Bertin can be found at www.developmentaldoctor.com. Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD. www.stephaniesarkis.com
58:44
November 7, 2018
Anxiety, Burnout, Tribalism, & Taking Action
Feeling an increase in anxiety and burnout, especially in the last couple of years? I speak with Anthony Quaglieri PhD LMHC BCC about this rise in disillusionment, feeling unsafe, and triggering of past trauma. We talk about a protocol for intervening when you see someone being harassed, how solution-focused therapy helps with anxiety, and the importance of calling up a friend to help them vote. You do have the power to make changes in your world. We get political towards the second half and discuss how the Trump administration's policies have caused anxiety and fear, but also have caused people to resist and be more politically active than ever before. www.anthonyquaglieri.com Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD www.stephaniesarkis.com
1:04:31
October 23, 2018
Memory, Trauma, & State-Dependent Learning with Rick Moskovitz MD
How does trauma affect memory creation and retrieval? How does blackout drinking impact memory recall? Rick Moskovitz MD is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist and vintage being, who had the privilege for 37 years of sharing in his patients’ stories while leading his own imperfect life. He is the author of Lost in the Mirror: an inside look at Borderline Personality Disorder and Carousel Music: a novel, based on the controversy around recovered memories in psychotherapy. He left practice to write fiction that explores the psychological consequences of living in a world of expanding possibilities. The Methuselarity Transformation is his first science fiction work. Host: Stephanie Sarkis PhD is a psychotherapist and author of Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free. www.stephaniesarkis.com
42:28
October 6, 2018
Are You In a Relationship With a Gaslighter?
Gaslighting is a series of manipulative behaviors designed to make you question your reality. But what is gaslighting, and how do you know if you are in a relationship with a gaslighter? Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD, author of "Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free" lets you know characteristics of gaslighters, and the most effective way to handle being in a relationship with one. (Hint: Get out!)
19:18
October 1, 2018
Let's Talk About Sex...and ADHD
ADHD can really take a toll on your sex life and your relationship. We haven't had a lot of research on ADHD and sex - until now. Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA conducted a 3,000 person survey of people with ADHD and their non-ADHD partners about their sex lives - level of satisfaction, frequency, infidelity, and much more. What he found may surprise you - and also make you feel a sense of relief. Dr. Tuckman also gives tips for improving your sex life and your relationship, based on the results of his survey. Dr. Tuckman can be found at www.tuckmanpsych.com. www.stephaniesarkis.com
31:32
September 20, 2018
Is Your Therapist a Fake?
Is your therapist the real deal, or could they be an imposter? How about if they just aren't that good? I talk with Rebecca Amster Esq. MS about being a smart therapy consumer. Rebecca is a family law attorney and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Find her at Amster Family Law on Facebook and on Twitter at @qrebekah. www.stephaniesarkis.com Twitter: @stephaniesarkis
36:56
September 12, 2018
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