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All These Fears Will Be For Your Good – Facing the Fear Trap

True or false? You only use 10 percent of your brain? Albert Einstein was a lousy student, and look how he turned out! Positive affirmations will lead you to self-love and happiness. To get the answers, you’ll need to listen to this episode, but (spoiler alert) we are often building meaning and judging ourselves based …

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Teaching Our Kids (and our inner-child) Emotional Intelligence

Childhood abandonment and neglect issues can manifest in seemingly unrelated ways in adulthood. In this episode, Tony helps you identify how they show up and how you can help your kids become more emotionally intelligent and resilient. Tony’s muse today is an article by Jonice Webb, a licensed psychologist and author of two books, Running …

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Alexa Lovell – One Year After a Devastating Accident, Surviving Setbacks and Diving into the Details

Alexa (Overbay) Lovell survived a near-fatal accident a little over one year ago. She dives into the details of what the past year has been like, including recovery setbacks, unrealistic expectations, continued frustrations, the reality of potential addiction to pain medications, what the future looks like regarding having children, and much more.  Find all the …

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Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Writer or D) All of the Above – Zlatko Bijelic On Taking What Life Gives You

Zlatko “Z” Bijelic is an entrepreneur, podcaster, app developer, dog dad, former college soccer player, and foodie. He has now journaled daily for over a year and is also a highly sought-after business coach and consultant. Simply put, while Z may appear like somebody who easily takes’s life’s lemons and makes them into lemonade, he …

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Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on Modeling Healthy Relationships, Trust, ADHD, Narcissism, and EFT vs. Differentiation

Tony welcomes Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife back to The Virtual Couch for the 5th time! They discuss a variety of topics, including ADHD, the challenge of helping couples envision a version of a relationship they haven’t seen modeled or experienced, narcissism and emotional immaturity, and how to help a spouse “lean in” when they see their …

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What if I Don’t Like Marshmallows? Revisiting the “Marshmallow Test” and other Pop-psychology “Myths”

Does smiling make you happier? Can you truly predict the long-term success of an adult based on their love, or lack thereof, of marshmallows in their youth? Is depression always linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain? Tony takes a look at 8 popular psychology studies and concepts and shares the latest research on …

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Feeling Stuck? Recognizing the Negative Effects of Regret and Rumination

“Regret is a common feeling that has both negative and positive effects,” Sian Ferguson from the article “How to Move Past Regret.” https://psychcentral.com/blog/a-powerful-exercise-for-moving-past-regret Tony talks about regret and rumination’s roles in keeping people stuck in a trauma bond with a narcissist.  And follow Tony on the Virtual Couch YouTube channel for a sneak preview of …

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Dealing with Discomfort In Relationships…and Life!

Tony dissects a couple’s potentially destructive conversation, examining discomfort and anxiety’s role in our relationships. He also talks about the challenges of relying on memory when attempting to have difficult conversations.   And follow Tony on the Virtual Couch YouTube channel to see a sneak preview of his upcoming podcast “Murder on the Couch,” where True …

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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 Psychology of the Churro – 8 Mental Health Lessons Learned from a Disneyland Christmas

Tony shares 8 mental health lessons learned from a Christmas spent at Disneyland. 1) You’ll never really know something until you experience it. 2) Churros provide an immediate but temporary dopamine dump. 3) How to come back to the present moment, over and over again. 4) How easy it can be to find yourself turning …

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