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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nick Wignall. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nick Wignall, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nick Wignall. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nick Wignall, often where they are interviewed.

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Why Anger Management Is A Myth, with Nick Wignall

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Do you struggle with anger issues? If so, you are not alone. Many dads share this problem. But as psychologist Nick Wignall explains, anger is not the real issue and the concept of anger management is a bad idea.

Anger, like other emotions, is not something you can control. So trying to manage anger doesn’t work. 

A better strategy is to accept the emotion, validate it and try to manage how you react to it. It’s a subtle difference, but a very important one. 

In this interview, we discuss why dads often get overwhelmed with anger and react in negative ways such as yelling, becoming physically aggressive or ruminating and having negative thoughts. 

Nick provides some practical advice on how to deal with anger more effectively and how to teach your kids to deal with their anger.

This interview is a must-listen for anyone who struggles with anger or has children who are learning to deal with anger. 

What you’ll learn

  • Why anger management is a myth
  • Why so many dads feel overwhelmed by anger
  • How we respond to anger in negative ways such as verbal aggression
  • Why releasing your anger and ‘letting it out’ is a bad strategy
  • How to accept your anger and manage your aggression
  • How to break the cycle of ruminating 
  • How to help your kids deal with anger in a positive way
  • The 2 habits every dad should practise with their kids
  • Why men are less likely to seek therapy compared to women
  • Different types of therapy and how to choose the right one for you

More information
Show notes and references for this episode are available at https://thedadtrain.com/12

The Dad Train Feeling Wheel - a tool for improving emotional literacy, is available for download from https://thedadtrain.com/feelingwheel 

Jun 09 2020 · 43mins
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Nick Wignall's Cloud Nine Life | Episode 43

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“Euphoria…feeling good. ”

On today's episode, Jordan interviews psychologist and blogger Nick Wignall. In his practice and his writing, Nick works to help people use psychology for practical and meaningful personal growth. You can find out more about Nick and his work on his website at https://nickwignall.com/.


You can check out the main Journey to Cloud Nine website at https://www.journeytocloudnine.com/

You can also grab Jordan's new book The Journey to Cloud Nine on Amazon! (https://tinyurl.com/uxt8yuc)

May 25 2020 · 22mins

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Coping Strategies & Moving Forward – Nick Wignall & Verla Fortier

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Maybe you’ve achieved the freedom to retire or perhaps you’re on your way and working from home. In either case, life has changed and will be different for some time. Under these circumstances, what are the best coping strategies for anxiety in uncertain times? And can spending time in nature help us? Can we do our own ecotherapy?

In this special podcast episode, two cooped up guys in New Jersey talk with two guests to get their advice.

Stay tuned for the final segment where we share our personal observations on the lockdown and moving forward.


Coping Strategies

First up is Nick Wignall. He is a licensed psychologist at The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque where he does psychotherapy with adults of all ages. Board-certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology, he specializes in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety and insomnia, including interoceptive exposure therapy for panic attacks, exposure and response prevention (ERP) for phobias and OCD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for sleep difficulties.

Nick is the author of a recent book on therapy and mental health: Find Your Therapy: A Practical Guide to Finding Quality Therapy. It’s a nuts and bolts style guide to learning about the most important factors in choosing a therapist and how to go about finding a good one, either for yourself or someone you love.

Nick did his doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, including research in human genetics and psychopharmacology. Prior to that, Nick earned his Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Dallas.

Nick lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, his three young daughters, and German Shepherd, Charlie.

We ask Nick for his thoughts on:

  • How people can maintain their mental health in the pandemic
  • Coping strategies for anxiety in these times
  • How to best cope with isolation
  • How to get sleep patterns back on track
  • His advice if people need to seek professional help


Wise Quotes

On Habits & Mental Health

“I really think habits are kind of the soul, the heart and soul of mental health.”

Habits vs Coping Skills 

“And what I mean by that is coping skills are a bit like your emergency break in your car. They’re nice to have, but you really don’t want to rely on them. Instead, I think you want to work to cultivate habits that strengthen your mental health and keep you resilient even when things get tough. So, I think this is especially important – when it comes to something like our current situation with COVID- 19 and the lockdowns. Because a lot of us have lost a lot of our normal habits and routines, that whether we knew it or not, we’re actually kind of buffering and strengthening our mental health.”

On Building New Habits

“I think probably the most important thing people can do is to first start to think about what are the habits that support and strengthen my mental health. And then given the unique kind of challenges and constraints of our current situation, how can I get kind of creative about building new or sort of modified habits and routines that will support my mental health.”


For More on Nick Wignall

Nick’s Website

Nick’s book

Nick’s Email: nwignall@gmail.com


Spending Time in Nature

Next up is Verla Fortier. With a Master’s in Health Science, Verla Fortier is a former Director of Surgery at The Toronto Hospitals in Toronto, Ontario, and a retired Associate Professor of Nursing at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

At 63, after a long and high-powered career, she was looking forward to retiring back to her hometown in Manitoba, when a routine visit to her own Doctor shattered her plans. Instead of moving back to enjoy life in the country, she was confined to her bed and she felt like her life was over. That was when she had an epiphany and decided to take her life and future into her own hands. She is now an author and speaker, sharing the almost miraculous results she has experienced in her own life to help other people live longer, and reduce the effects of chronic illness. Verla is the author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset.

We talk with Verla about:

  • What an Outside Mindset is
  • The benefits of spending time in nature
  • How we lose our Outside Mindsets – and how we can get them back
  • Her advice for spending time in nature safely


Wise Quote 

“I was a professor of nursing and I went in for a routine doctor’s appointment. I was diagnosed with systemic lupus, which is a really serious immune disease. And I was told, ‘it’s a chronic disease.’ So, I was given a prescription and then my doctor said, ‘Avoid the sunlight because it could damage your DNA.’ So, I stayed inside wanting to be the perfect patient for a year. And I got sicker and sicker – and I could hardly walk. And I was just so depressed. Then I just finally decided to [do something]. I didn’t care anymore about what happened. So, I just went outside after a year of feeling like a prisoner in a cell. I went out there and I felt amazing. And I kept going out and I got better and better and better. And so that’s why I went into the Greenspace research because it helped me so much – and then I wanted to help others.”


For more on Verla Fortier

Verla’s website

Verla’s Book



Check out my favorite video on ecotherapy from Dr. James Hamblin of The Atlantic on nature-deficit disorder:

The Health Benefits of Going Outside


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May 13 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Special Guest Dr. Nick Wignall

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Episode 80

The Wellness Brothers talk to Dr. Nick Wignall about psychology things. Check out his website and articles on his website https://nickwignall.com/ . This is usually where the cultivated being gets all of their good ideas from. Dr. Nick has also written a book called Find Your Therapy. You can find his podcast here https://1001goodnights.com/category/podcast-episode/

Some highlights from this podcast include:

Lessons from Christmas movies
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
-Charlie Brown Christmas
-Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
-Die Hard

The ultimate question to ask in order to connect with some one.

Dr. Nick Hyde's website
and Dr. Jake Hyde's website.

Email us at thecultivatedbeing@gmail.com

The Cultivated Being Podcast is meant for educational purposes only. It is not meant to treat or diagnose any issue. If you have an issue please consult your doctor.

Dec 23 2019 · 42mins

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#4 Nick Wignall Sleeps Better by Worrying Deliberately

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Nick Wignall is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and insomnia.

Nick and Daron discuss the relationship between sleep hygiene, cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia, and mindfulness. Nick shares a refreshing strategy for getting better at worrying on purpose and Daron describes some of the attention exercises he recommends to people struggling with alertness in the middle of the night.

Related resources:

“How to Fall Asleep Fast with Deliberate Worry” by Nick Wignall

"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)" from the National Sleep Foundation

“Attentional Fitness Exercises for Worry and Insomnia” by Daron Larson


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Music credits:

No One Said It Would Be Easy by Cloud Cult
Beautiful Ann by Joseph McDade
On the Verge by Joseph McDade
Dec 03 2019 · 40mins
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Interview: Dr. Nick Wignall on Self Care and How to Find the Right Therapist

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Psychologist Dr. Nick Wignall and I talk about self care, how to find a therapist and more. 


Oct 22 2019 · 59mins
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A conversation about insomnia and anxiety with clinical psychologist Nick Wignall (#7)

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Nick Wignall is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders and insomnia. He’s also a writer interested in how we can use the tools and insights of behavioral science to better achieve our personal growth and development goals. In this episode, we talk about insomnia as an anxiety disorder rather than as a sleep disorder, the pros and cons of acceptance and commitment therapy for insomnia, why sleep hygiene is rarely helpful, and why CBT-I is typically the best option for people with chronic insomnia.
Sep 30 2019 · 49mins
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Learning to get out of your own way with Nick Wignall, PhD

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In this episode Nick and I get down to it and dive deep into the conversation about how we constantly put garbage in our way that keeps us from performing at the level we want to perform and impacts us not only professionally, but personally as well! Nick shares huge insights into the processes that will keep you at the top of your game and in the exact condition you want to be in for whatever comes your way.
Jun 19 2019 · 53mins
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How to stop talking sh!t to yourself with Nick Wignall, PhD

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In this episode and episode 008 Nick and I take a hard look at how we stop the constant sh!t talking we do to ourselves and explore how to shut it down! Nick explains cognitive restructuring in a way we can ALL understand and gives us the tools to reframe events.
Jun 17 2019 · 31mins