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Being human is hard work. Let Psych With Mike be your users manual to make it a little easier. Psych With Mike started as a radio show in 2017 and has now evolved into a podcast. The show explores topical events from a psychological perspective and gives insightful, practical and expert information. Psych With Mike is presented by two individuals with more than 60 years of clinical experience between them.

Being human is hard work. Let Psych With Mike be your users manual to make it a little easier. Psych With Mike started as a radio show in 2017 and has now evolved into a podcast. The show explores topical events from a psychological perspective and gives insightful, practical and expert information. Psych With Mike is presented by two individuals with more than 60 years of clinical experience between them.
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Being human is hard work. Let Psych With Mike be your users manual to make it a little easier. Psych With Mike started as a radio show in 2017 and has now evolved into a podcast. The show explores topical events from a psychological perspective and gives insightful, practical and expert information. Psych With Mike is presented by two individuals with more than 60 years of clinical experience between them.

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Episodes

Episode 13: Understanding Guilt from a Freudian Perspective

1/18/2019
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Freudian and/or Psychodynamic perspectives are not regularly taught in graduate schools in the U.S. They can also be difficult to understand. Brett and I, however, both approach psychology from this point of view. We hope that the way we explain these concepts makes them understandable to those with and without a background in psychology. Guilt is something we all have to cope with in one way or another. The goal is not to eradicate guilt from our lives but to understand where it comes from...

Duration:00:18:36

Life is Not Fair

1/11/2019
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Life is not fair. It's a simple statement and most everyone would agree with it on the face of it. But there are times when all of us are angry and even resentful that life appears to be predictably unfair. Where do these expectations of mandatory fairness come from and better yet how do we overcome the persistent drive to see life as fair? An article from Psychology Today that fits well with our...

Duration:00:10:59

New Years Resolutions

1/4/2019
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The calendar has changed from 2018 to 2019 and many of us have made New Years Resolutions which we know going in probably will not result is success. Why do we feel compelled to go through this process every year? Today we discuss the psychology of the New Years Resolution and tips for improving success. Here is an article from PsychCentral with some more information on the subject. https://psychcentral.com/lib/10-sure-ways-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutions/

Duration:00:12:16

Hypnosis

12/30/2018
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"Let's hypnotize you." Whether reading that sentence excites you or terrifies you, you probably don't really know what hypnosis is or even if it is a "real" thing. This week on Psych with Mike, Brett and I discuss what hypnosis is and what it isn't and how and why it is used in psychotherapy. Here is a Psychology Today article that discusses the topic as well. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-well/201301/the-truth-about-hypnosis

Duration:00:21:58

Origins of Christmas

12/24/2018
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Sorry for the tardiness of this weeks episode but we had some technical issues in the studio this week. Christmas is the single biggest holiday in our culture and well know and celebrated worldwide. But are the traditions and ways we celebrate the way it has always been? This week we discuss the evolutionary history of the holiday. Following is one of the primary references we looked at for the show but there are tens of thousands or returns if you enter origins of Christmas into a search...

Duration:00:15:41

Suicide and the Holidays

12/14/2018
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Depression, loneliness, and suicide are all issues that many people deal with over the holiday season. Here at Psych with Mike, we have discussed these issues and today's episode on suicide hopefully will be educational and helpful for everyone who listens. Suicide is a significant concern and results in twice as many deaths each year than homicides. Every person can learn how to intervene in the life of individuals that are feeling depressed and contemplating suicide. If anyone has any...

Duration:00:15:46

Loneliness During the Holiday Season

12/7/2018
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Many people feel lonely and disconnected during the holidays even though the popularized message is that this is the time of year when we "should" fell most connected. This incongruency often leads to an internalization of the perception that there is something wrong with me rather than that there is something wrong with the popular message. We discuss loneliness and communication and talk about ways to mitigate these feelings. Here is a short article on coping with loneliness during the...

Duration:00:15:01

The Norman Rockwell Christmas

11/30/2018
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Norman Rockwell attempted to capture his impression of the New England town in which he lived in his paintings. These works embody for some a snapshot of our "Best America". Rockwell's paintings of Christmas images and his Saturday Evening Post covers are idealized images of the perfect Christmas ideal for many. But is this a fair or even realistic expectation? Psych with Mike discusses idealized/commercialized messages about Christmas and how to create your own story.

Duration:00:12:56

Gift Giving During the Holidays

11/23/2018
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It is often difficult to know how many gifts to give to your child or how much to spend. We discuss the topic and provide insight into gift-giving in general and at holiday time specifically.

Duration:00:19:14

Dealing with Difficult People Over the Holidays

11/16/2018
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Over the holidays we all face the challenge of having to deal with difficult individuals. We discuss ways of facing this challenge and getting through the holidays in the spirit of hope. The author of the book referenced by Dr. Mahon is Gary Chapman and a link to information about the five love languages along with a short quiz to identify your love language is provided below. 5 Love Languages: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Duration:00:12:18

Trauma Issues Around the Holidays

11/9/2018
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It is often difficult for people to know how to handle trauma and its after-effects, especially around the holidays. We have a discussion and offer helpful advice for getting through the holidays healthy and with as little retraumatization as possible.

Duration:00:18:50

Extended Conversation About Object Relations and Self Psycholgy

11/2/2018
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This weeks episode continues the conversation about Theoretical Orientation from the last episode. This week Dr. Mahon is solo since Brett Newcomb is as they say "on assignment". An article on Self Psychology originated by Heinz Kohut is provided as a bonus material button. Please send us any questions or comment through the contact tab at the top of the Psych with Mike page.

Duration:00:31:17

A Discussion of Theoretical Orientation

11/1/2018
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It is important for individual therapists to have what is known as a Theoretical Orientation. This is the therapists understanding of how human pathology develops and the most effective ways of treating it. For Brett, his theoretical orientation is from an experiential psychology perspective. This includes humanistic psychology elements from the school of Carl Rogers as well as existential psychology particularly Irvin Yalom. For Michael, this understanding is rooted in the work of Anna...

Duration:00:27:49