Being Well Podcast: How to Change for Good
February 8, 2021

There are times in our lives when we recognize that something’s got to change. Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore a big question: What goes into making who we are, and how can we give ourselves the freedom to grow and change over time?

Key Topics:

  • 2:00: What does “self-concept” mean?
  • 6:00: Where does self-concept come from?
  • 11:30: Different ways to understand childhood development.
  • 17:00: Why is it so hard for people to change?
  • 26:00: Social forces that prevent us from changing.
  • 33:00: Three case studies of personal change.
  • 34:00: Who owns the problem?
  • 38:30: Do you really want it?
  • 44:30: We can change if we’re willing to take risks.
  • 52:00: Trusting yourself, and feeling validated.

Additional References

Rick Hanson, Shauna Shapiro, Emma Hutton-Thamm, Michael R. Hagerty & Kevin P. Sullivan (2021) Learning to learn from positive experiences, The Journal of Positive Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2021.2006759

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