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Kristin Neff's work on self compassion is seriously good - life changing.  Try a summary on the Hidden Brain podcast

Or for her written work

It seems part of the human condition that negative thoughts pop in to our brains on occasion.  What do we do when this happens?  Do we feel that we have to act on them immediately (and sometimes unhelpfully)? Or do we get stuck in rumination?  This podcast, The Happiness Lab Dr Laurie Santos, suggests many other ways which are more constructive

Psychologist, Wendy Woods goes through the psychological research on habits, and how to reduce friction to habits we want to establish:

I love this podcast debunking the myths of perfection and being the best:The joy of mediocracy!

Is your thinking spiralling forward in time into worries, or looking back in time with worries?  Are you doing so with an individual perspective? Have you got stuck in your me-me-me brain… Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroscientist who had a stroke, and in this podcast she describes the brain neurology which explains this, and how to step out of the left hemisphere of thinking only about your individual needs and step into the right hemisphere of your brain which focuses on the hear and now and connection to the world and other people, and doing so find inner peace.
Ten Percent Happier Jill Bolte Taylor Whole brain living

In this video, TES News asks Psychologist Dr Tara Porter for tips for teachers about talking to young people about their distress. The same tips also work as parents.

Ken Robinson has some fascinating ideas about education.  We are educating our children for jobs that haven't been created yet.  Check him out on TED:

In this Tedx talk at a local school, Cynthia Rousso, Psychotherapist highlights the importance of emotional regulation.  She discusses the pitfalls of overparenting and explores ways that parents can help their children to better cope with life's challenges.

This is an interesting article on resilience in children 

“How Kids Learn Resilience”  by Paul Tough, Education, The Atlantic


In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

Eva Musby is an excellent resource for those parents supporting a young person with an eating disorder eg 

Why oh why do we procrastinate?  I often see young people who struggle with not starting things. Tim Urban explores the mind of a procrastinator and the part instant gratification and panic play.

Less humorously on procrastination... A great New York Times article linking procrastination to emotional resilience.  We avoid tasks because we can't face the short term emotional cost.  Food for thought.

An interesting video about how deep our habitual patterns are wired into our brain.  Similarly, we often need to practice changing our behaviour or challenging our conscious thoughts for a long time, before emotional change kicks in.  Sometimes we do need to fake change, to make a change.  

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" - Stoic philosopher Dr Bill Irvine interviewed on the Hidden Brain podcast.  Lots of interest here including how we hurt ourselves through perseverative thinking loops and the hedonic treadmill of always striving for more.

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