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Eating Chocolate – An Emotional Control Strategy or a Way to Stay Present?

Exercise, meditation, prayer, and eating good food all sound like wonderful, emotional-baseline-raising activities. But depending on how you’re doing them, they could also be a way to eliminate unwanted thoughts and feelings. Tony looks at “creative helplessness” and “emotional control strategies” and how they play into our search for happiness. Tony references Russ Harris’ book …

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10 Predictors of a Bad Romantic Relationship Explained

Tony shares and responds to the article “The 10 Best Predictors of a Bad Romantic Relationship” by Seth Gillihan, PhD https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/think-act-be/202301/the-10-best-predictors-of-a-bad-romantic-relationship Tony also references the article “Attachment Woes Between Anxious and Avoidant Partners,” by Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/toxic-relationships/202008/attachment-woes-between-anxious-and-avoidant-partners And follow Tony on the Virtual Couch YouTube channel to see a sneak preview of his …

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Tackling Trauma – More Lessons from “The Body Keeps the Score”

“If you feel safe and loved, your brain becomes specialized in exploration, play, and cooperation; if you are frightened and unwanted, it specializes in managing feelings of fear and abandonment,” says Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score (https://amzn.to/3QtMBPG). In today’s episode, Tony explores what unresolved trauma can look like in …

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The Very Most Bestest Way to Change – aka Cognitive Flexibility

Tony tackles an essential skill needed for lasting change, “cognitive flexibility,” from the book ACT Made Simple – Second Edition by Russ Harris https://amzn.to/3FsneJ0 If you are interested in being coached in Tony’s upcoming “Magnetic Marriage Podcast,” please email him for more information. You will receive free marriage coaching and remain anonymous when the episode …

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Hold Up, I Can’t Do That…Says Who? Losing our Limiting Beliefs

You can’t run marathons after 50! You can’t change your career after you’ve invested so much time and energy into it! Dads don’t get all up in their feelings! Says who? Our pasts, our brains, our lack of understanding, that’s who! Tony explores the psychology of limiting beliefs and how the stories we learn in …

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ACT Helps You Do Life Better – Period! Dr. Michael Twohig on Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, and More

Dr. Michael Twohig joins Tony to talk about his early involvement in the then “new kid on the psychology block,” acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Twohig shares his initial hesitation in embracing ACT and what eventually led him to pursue his Ph.D. in clinical psychology by working with Dr. Stephen Hayes, the founder of …

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