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Being Well Podcast: ADHD 2.0 with Dr. John Ratey

Being Well Podcast: ADHD 2.0 with Dr. John Ratey

Forrest Hansont, Rick Hanson, and Dr. John Ratey debunk common misconceptions about ADHD, explore how ADHD works in the brain, and discuss the surprising strengths and vulnerabilities of ADHD.

Being Well Podcast: Stephanie Foo: Complex PTSD and Learning to Live With the Past

Being Well Podcast: Stephanie Foo: Complex PTSD and Learning to Live With the Past

One of the most fascinating aspects of the mind is how most of what’s going on in it lies outside of our awareness. In this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Forrest and Dr. Rick explore the unconscious mind and the material we might find there. They talk about what the unconscious mind is, the purpose of the unconscious, repression, and what we can do to access, use, and release that unconscious material.

Being Well Podcast: Somatic Psychology: Using the Body to Heal the Mind with Elizabeth Ferreira

Being Well Podcast: Somatic Psychology: Using the Body to Heal the Mind with Elizabeth Ferreira

Somatic therapist Elizabeth Ferreira returns to the Being Well Podcast and joins Forrest for a deep dive into somatic psychology. They explore what a somatic therapy session looks like in practice, how it differs from traditional talk therapy, the connection between the body and the mind, and why people with complex trauma are sometimes better served by body-based approaches.

Being Well Podcast: The Science of Stress with Dr. Elissa Epel

Being Well Podcast: The Science of Stress with Dr. Elissa Epel

Dr. Elissa Epel joins us to explore the science behind the stress response, different forms of stress, what separates “good” stress from “bad” stress, how we can take advantage of good stress, and dealing with existential forms of stress like the climate crisis.

Being Well Podcast: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu

Being Well Podcast: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu

On today’s episode, Forrest is joined by Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu from the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. They explore the history and current state of psychedelic research, their subjective effects, the necessity of the “trip,” how psychedelics work in the brain, why researchers are so interested in these substances, and what a psychedelic-assisted therapy session looks like.

Being Well Podcast: The Grieving Brain with Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor

Being Well Podcast: The Grieving Brain with Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor

On today’s episode we’re joined by one of the world’s leading researchers on grief, Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor. We explore why grief is such a unique and intense emotion, how grief works in the brain, the problems with generalized models like the “five stages of grief,” and how we can learn to live with loss.

Being Well Podcast: Using the Enneagram to Rewrite Your Story with Ian Cron

Being Well Podcast: Using the Enneagram to Rewrite Your Story with Ian Cron

As we’ve talked about often on Being Well, one of the most effective ways to change how we show up in the world is to identify and change our underlying personal narrative. On this episode, Forrest and I talk with Ian Cron about how we can use the Enneagram personality typing system to aid us in this process.

Being Well Podcast: Joy in Difficult Times with James Baraz

Being Well Podcast: Joy in Difficult Times with James Baraz

Today we focus on step four of James Baraz’ 10 steps to awakening joy: how to find joy in difficult times. We discuss how to balance a sense of equanimity with compassion for the suffering of the world, and how cultivating joy at an individual level can support healing at the collective level.

Being Well Podcast: Perfectionism and Unhealthy Striving with Dr. Diana Hill

Being Well Podcast: Perfectionism and Unhealthy Striving with Dr. Diana Hill

How can we aim high, achieve our goals, and get what we want out of life without falling prey to unhealthy striving and excessive perfectionism? Dr. Diana Hill joins Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson to explore the costs of perfectionism, productivity anxiety, psychological flexibility, calming the threat system, and how we can go from striving to thriving.

Being Well Podcast: How to Change For Good with Dr. Katy Milkman

Being Well Podcast: How to Change For Good with Dr. Katy Milkman

Though there’s no lack of advice out there, changing in lasting ways is hard. Today Forrest and Dr. Rick Hanson are joined by Dr. Katy Milkman, an expert in the science of change, to explore how we can build better habits, sustain motivation, and change for good.

Being Well Podcast: Internal Family Systems Therapy with Susan McConnell

Being Well Podcast: Internal Family Systems Therapy with Susan McConnell

We usually experience ourselves as being one “self,” but we all have different characters, different “parts,” running around inside our heads. And our relationship with some parts is better than others. On today’s episode of Being Well, senior IFS trainer Susan McConnell joins Forrest to explore Somatic Internal Family Systems, a powerful form of therapy that helps us bring those parts together as a unified self.

Being Well Podcast: The New Normal with Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Being Well Podcast: The New Normal with Dr. Jennifer Ashton

The Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, joins Forrest and me to discuss everything you need to know about the current state of the pandemic. This includes what vaccinated people should feel comfortable doing, the J&J vaccine pause, how to think about risk, and how we can support our physical and mental health during the New Normal.

Being Well Podcast: Mindful Practice in the Real World with Stephen Snyder

Being Well Podcast: Mindful Practice in the Real World with Stephen Snyder

How can we bring useful qualities of contemplative practice into our normal, everyday lives as people living in the real world? In this episode, meditation teacher and author Stephen Snyder joins Forrest and me to explore that overarching question, alongside a variety of topics related to “not-self,” the true nature of the self, and self-transcendence.

Being Well Podcast: Building Healthy Boundaries with Nedra Tawwab

Being Well Podcast: Building Healthy Boundaries with Nedra Tawwab

One of the hardest, and most important, parts of creating great relationships is setting healthy boundaries with other people. Boundaries expert Nedra Glover Tawwab joins the show to explore how we can trust our instincts, work through codependency, and build better boundaries.

Being Well Podcast: Becoming Wise with Dr. Roger Walsh

Being Well Podcast: Becoming Wise with Dr. Roger Walsh

How can we bring together psychological science and contemplative practice, and what can we all learn from the world’s great wisdom traditions? Dr. Roger Walsh, a professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, and expert on the world’s great wisdom traditions, joins Being Well to help us explore this central question.

Being Well Podcast: Personalize Your Nutrition with Dr. Tim Spector

Being Well Podcast: Personalize Your Nutrition with Dr. Tim Spector

We generally focus on topics related to mental health on the Being Well Podcast, but there’s nothing like a pandemic to throw the importance of our physical health into sharp relief. Today Forrest is joined by Dr. Tim Spector to explore the importance of personalizing your nutrition, how our diet can help fight COVID, and why most everything we’ve been told about food is wrong.

Being Well Podcast: Radical Compassion with Tara Brach

Being Well Podcast: Radical Compassion with Tara Brach

I was so happy to be joined by Tara Brach on this episode of Being Well. We explored how we can find more compassion and acceptance while maintaining our motivation to change ourselves, and our world, in positive ways.

Being Well Podcast: Compassion, Power, and Human Nature with Dr. Dacher Keltner

Being Well Podcast: Compassion, Power, and Human Nature with Dr. Dacher Keltner

Does power corrupt? Where does compassion come from? And do positive or negative emotions serve as the basis for our true nature? Today Forrest and I are exploring these questions with the help of a world-class expert on emotion, power, and morality: Dr. Dacher Keltner from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Being Well Podcast: Bias and Prejudice with Dr. Jack Glaser

Being Well Podcast: Bias and Prejudice with Dr. Jack Glaser

We’re all subject to forms of bias and prejudice. On this episode, Forrest and I are joined by Dr. Jack Glaser, Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, to explore intergroup bias and racial prejudice. This includes what we can do to overcome our innate tendencies, and treat people more equitably.

Being Well Podcast: Learn Faster, Learn Smarter with Josh Kaufman

Being Well Podcast: Learn Faster, Learn Smarter with Josh Kaufman

Learning is the single most important skill: if you know how to learn, you can get good at anything else. On this week’s episode, Forrest is joined by Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, to explore the 20 hour rule, the problems with 10,000 hours, cognitive biases, and how you can learn anything more quickly.

Being Well Podcast: Psychological Safety with Amy Edmondson

Being Well Podcast: Psychological Safety with Amy Edmondson

What makes for a great team – whether personal or professional – and how can organizations and individuals create a more psychologically healthy environment? To help us answer that question, today Forrest and I are joined by one of the world’s leading scholars on what helps organizations learn and thrive: Dr. Amy Edmondson.

Being Well Podcast: Healing Trauma with Peter Levine

Being Well Podcast: Healing Trauma with Peter Levine

Dr. Peter Levine, a legendary expert on the subject of healing trauma, joins Forrest and I to discuss the power trauma holds over the body, how we can truly connect with others, and simple practices for calming fear and unwinding from trauma.

Being Well Podcast: How to Build Habits with Charles Duhigg

Being Well Podcast: How to Build Habits with Charles Duhigg

We all want to build good habits, and hopefully avoid problematic ones, but doing so is often easier said than done. Today Forrest and I had the pleasure of being joined by the bestselling author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg, who helped us explore how we can do just that.

Being Well Podcast: Working with Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Being Well Podcast: Working with Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

There are some emotions that are so deeply tied to the human experience that it’s impossible to avoid them. One of these is grief, which we have yet to discuss in detail on the podcast. On this episode we’re changing that, and have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Joanne Cacciatore to the podcast.

Being Well Podcast: Embracing Therapy with Lori Gottlieb

Being Well Podcast: Embracing Therapy with Lori Gottlieb

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb joins the show to explore the therapeutic process, the gifts and challenges of being a therapist in therapy, and why you should consider talking to someone.

Being Well Podcast: Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo

Being Well Podcast: Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo

On today’s episode of the podcast, Marie Forleo, named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, explains how we can build a “figureoutable” mindset that allows us to meet our challenges from a place of determination, ingenuity, and open heartedness.

Being Well Podcast: Finding your Pivot with Adam Markel

Being Well Podcast: Finding your Pivot with Adam Markel

It’s easy to “go with the flow” during our often busy lives. When things are going well this is great, but when our lives are less satisfying inertia can be a powerful enemy. To get out of a rut, we need to learn how to “pivot” in order to make the big changes that can point us in the right direction.

Being Well Podcast: The How of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Being Well Podcast: The How of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky

There’s endless advice out there about how to become happier, but most of it is anecdotal in nature. That’s why we’re so happy to be being joined today by one of the leading researchers on the scientific study of human happiness: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky.