Psychology

28 Considering Other Perspectives with Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson

On this episode, Zac and Andrea explore how looking beyond yourself can change your perspective.

On this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and Andrea start a conversation after Andrea has a chance encounter in the Tim Horton’s drive-thru. The ensuing conversation explores the value to personal reflection, mindfulness, and taking the perspective of others.

We can often get stuck in our own narratives, limiting beliefs, and dysfunctional needs. Being reminded of the life circumstances of others can help us see our own life in a new light. By combining our intelligence and compassion, we are able to take the perspective of others, and remind ourselves about what is really important.

This episode is much more spontaneous and candid than our other episodes thus far, so please let us know how you feel about it via Twitter or our Contact Page.

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026 That Pesky Lizard Brain with Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson

On this episode, The Shift Show enters the world of evolutionary psychology, and how the oldest parts of our brain impact how we think, feel, and behave.

Andrea McTague and Zac Erickson take us WAY back, discussing the origins of the human brain. In understanding the difference between the “lizard brain” and the more primate specific areas, we can begin to understand why we think and feel the way that we do.

Evolutionarily speaking, the lizard brain is the oldest part of the brain. Most vertebrate creatures on the planet have a similarly functioning area of their brain, and it is responsible for keeping us alive. However, that doesn’t mean it helps us work at our best. Having a healthy relationship with your lizard brain is key to living your best life.

022 Remembrance Day Special: Life as a Military Family

In honour of Remembrance Day, Zac interviews CPT Matthew Dudley, Human Resources Officer of the United States Army, and his wife, Shannon.

When Shannon and Matthew first met, he was deployed to Iraq. Five months into his time there, Matthew came home for two weeks, and they got married. He then left for another seven months.

“There were some times that I wondered if I was going to be 19 year-old widow,” Shannon says.

“I had my first reality check after we got hit by a car bomb,” Matthew says. “That shook me because it made me realize, ‘Woah… I could have been disintegrated’.”

But their love and relationship remained strong, not without a lot of hard work and understanding.

“When you have a spouse who is a bit broken, you just have to be really accepting for who [they are]. You get really vulnerable really quickly because if you don’t, things just break apart,” Shannon says.

 

Thank you for your service, Matthew, and for your strength, Shannon.

020 Appetite for Life Halloween Special: Fear at Deadmonton

Kristi and Olga talk to Zac about their visit to Deadmonton. Why is it fun to be scared? What does fear do to our brain?

After visiting Edmonton’s scariest Haunted House and being forced to face their fears, Kristi and Olga psychoanalyzed their experience. This interesting discussion covers the multi-dimensional and emotional aspects of fear.

Are you ready for this thrilling episode of Appetite for Life?

 

019 Porn Addiction with Andrea McTague

What feeds into porn use? It is good or is it bad? We are going to be tackling these topics and more surrounding porn addiction.

017 Appetite for Life: Modern Gravity with Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips

What is the best way to relax and calm your mind? We all have different tools that we use to deal with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, etc. But, have you ever tried floating in a sensory deprivation tank? According to Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips from Modern Gravity, floating is one way that people can reduce anxiety and find that sense of calm in their mind.

The duo founded their business in 2014, starting out with a sensory deprivation tank in the laundry room of their basement. Shocked by the influx of clients they had, they decided to expand their business. Now, Smith and Phillips have half a dozen tanks and are committed to helping people find that sense of peace and happiness that floating has to offer.

What is floating exactly? Listen to our latest episode and find out!

 

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Do you want to learn more about the study Zac was referencing? Here is the link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219027/

 

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016 Can Money Really Buy Happiness? with Andrea McTague

On this week’s episode, Zac and Andrea discuss money – specifically how to spend in a way to have a fulfilling life. Referencing a study for Purdue University, Zac and Andrea analyze how people spend money and look into the factors that cause bad spending habits. Andrea shares her experiences with money and offers insight to the age old question: Can money buy happiness?

015 The transformative nature of stories with Dr. Kristine Wolski

Dr. Kristine Wolski discusses adult education and specializing in understanding how to help people grow, learn, share and change. She eventually focused on harnessing the power of narrative to affect real change in peoples lives. Allowing people to move away from their old frameworks of reference and make changes to affectively, in her particular case, stay out of prison.

Zac mentions that limiting beliefs can often be the destabilizing factor which undermines one’s personal story or myth. Kristine points out that there are foundational lessons that can be derived from stories in terms of not just, “what to do” but also, “what not to do”. 

014 Appetite for Life: Drag with Divina Diefor

Meet Divina Diefor, Alberta’s Drag Superstar 2017 and member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose. She has been studying drag for six years, and performing for three.

Diefor has struggled with the limiting beliefs ‘I don’t fit’, ‘I don’t belong’, and ‘I’m not understood’, but has managed to overcome those beliefs through the art of drag.

“I see Devina as a storyteller,” Diefor says. “I see her as sort of every woman in the world… she tells the story of different people, of different women, of different lives.”

“I explore what it means to be a queer person but also what it means to be feminine in different contexts,” she adds.

“It has really helped me shape my understanding of the queer community and what we have gone through.”

Stay tuned for a follow-up to this episode as Divina Diefor transforms our psychologist Kristi Landry into a drag queen!

This week’s episode of The Shift Show’s Appetite for Life segment is in celebration of the Edmonton Pride Festival, kicking off June 8 until the 17th.

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013 Psychopathy with Dr. Lindsay Sewall

The Shift Show presents: Psychopathy with Dr. Lindsay Sewall

Zac and Lindsay discuss psychopathic offenders. What exactly makes someone a psychopath? Well, it’s a combination of many factors such as lack of empathy, impulsiveness, manipulation, and past criminal behaviour – among many others.

Lindsay also analyzes psychopaths in cinema – from Buffalo Bill’s psychotic episodes to Tony Montana’s macho, violent behaviour. Check out our latest episode!

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