Talking Brains

Herding Cats: The Psychology Behind Managing a Large Online Group

An episode of 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.
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.
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? 
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
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  Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD.
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, and his Twitter and Insta are @torrainewalker.  I'm your host, Stephanie Sarkis PhD
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 and based in Tampa, Florida.  Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD at
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.
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 Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD.
November 20, 2018
Episode 6: 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 Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD.
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. Talking Brains is hosted by Stephanie Sarkis PhD
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.
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!)
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
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. Twitter: @stephaniesarkis
September 12, 2018
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