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The Confident Mind - Social Anxiety Podcast

Welcome to The Confident Mind: the weekly Podcast of www.overcomingsocialanxiety.com, in which psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald explores the science, news and reality behind the use of mindfulness to help overcome social anxiety, social phobia and shyness. As well as having a relaxed and sometimes lighthearted look at the research into and the reasoning behind mindfulness, Kyle offers a series of practical exercises to help you learn the skills to become more confident.

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Anger Management

Do you have a problem with anger?  On this episode of The Confident Mind I discuss how to best manage anger, the ways we respond to anger that don’t tend to work, and those that do.  In this research focussed but practical look, I give some very clear concrete tips about how to best manage and use anger positively in your day to day life. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Anger Management appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

20mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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The Anxiety Trance: Interview with Mark Tyrrell

In this episode of “The Confident Mind” I talk to Mark Tyrrell an experienced therapist, trainer and speaker who regularly writes on psychology with a difference.   He is the co-founder of Uncommon Knowledge, a solution-focused therapy training company which provides online training in therapy and counselling skills worldwide. Mark writes a therapy training blog with his thoughts on psychotherapy at www.unk.com/blog Mark and I discuss the role of hypnotherapy in treating Social Anxiety along with Mark’s new book “New Ways of Seeing: The Art of Therapeutic Re-framing”, and you can get a copy for yourself below. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post The Anxiety Trance: Interview with Mark Tyrrell appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

23mins

5 May 2015

Rank #2

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How to do hard things

On this weeks episode of the Confident Mind Podcast, I talk about how I’ve taken the week off to start a project I’ve been procrastinating about for quite some time.  It got me thinking about the role of anxiety and avoidance in procrastination, and how we can use the skills of mindfulness to help us engage with doing hard things. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post How to do hard things appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

20mins

28 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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Positive Affirmations Don’t Work

In this episode of “The Confident Mind,” I explore the self help idea of “positive affirmations”, why they don’t work, and how mindfulness skills can help us to more effectively deal with so called negative thinking patterns. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Positive Affirmations Don’t Work appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

26 May 2015

Rank #4

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The Anxiety Toolkit: Interview with Dr. Alice Boyes

This week on the Confident Mind Podcast I talk to Dr. Alice Boyes, a fellow New Zealander and former Clinical Psychologist, turned writer who now lives in Las Vegas.  She has had her research about couples published in leading international journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Alice writes a regular blog for Psychology Today and is the emotions expert for Women’s Health Australia. Her writing is influenced by multiple different types of therapies, including techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion. Her latest book is called The Anxiety Toolkit and you can get a copy for yourself below.  To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post The Anxiety Toolkit: Interview with Dr. Alice Boyes appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

21mins

2 Jun 2015

Rank #5

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Just STOP

In this episode of The Confident Mind Podcast I talk about the art of “just stopping”, how to take small moments of mindfulness through out a busy day and how this can help with stress and anxiety.  Included is a simple mindfulness exercise to try and some suggestions for daily practice. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Just STOP appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

16 Jun 2015

Rank #6

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Shame and You

This week on “The Confident Mind” I talk about the emotion of shame, its role in social anxiety, and what makes people more vulnerable to it.  I explore some ways to think about how to combat shame, and included is a short mindfulness exercise that can help tolerate feelings of shame and embarrassment. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Shame and You appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

21mins

1 Sep 2015

Rank #7

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How to Not Procrastinate

This week on the Confident Mind I talk about procrastination, what it is, what makes some people more prone to experience it and some easy to implement strategies, mindfulness based of course, to overcome it. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post How to Not Procrastinate appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

5 May 2016

Rank #8

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Fear of Failure

This week on the Confident Mind, I talk about failure, what it means and how fearing failure leads us to avoid engaging in activities.  I talk about how mindfulness can help us to be more open to the emotions that happen around failure, and how to not let the fear of failure hold us back. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Fear of Failure appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

23 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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This is Your Brain on Fear

In this episode of The Confident Mind Podcast I explore the ways in which mindfulness changes how our brain is wired, including the research into the positive effects of regular mindfulness practice.  Included is a practical mindfulness exercise to help you relax and better manage stress. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post This is Your Brain on Fear appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

19mins

7 Jul 2015

Rank #10

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REPOSTED: How to have a good day

In this, the first episode of The Confident Mind of 2016, I talk about how to have a good day and how to do a series of small things that help to keep our mood on track and not leave space for anxiety.  I talk about how to keep focussed on the present moment and create space and meaning. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post REPOSTED: How to have a good day appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

22mins

19 May 2016

Rank #11

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What mask are you wearing?

This week on the Confident Mind I talk about the masks we all wear, and how anxiety can make us hide who we truly are.  I explore the difference between masks, and the ways we might naturally be different in various roles in our lives.  A short mindfulness exercise that can help us connect to ourselves is included. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post What mask are you wearing? appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

21mins

25 Nov 2015

Rank #12

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Anxiety Is Not A Disease

In this weeks episode of The Confident Mind I talk about the limits and dangers in thinking about anxiety as a “brain disease”, some of the research that shows it clearly isn’t a disease, and what we understand about what actually causes anxiety.  This week includes a simple mindfulness exercise to help with relaxation. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Anxiety Is Not A Disease appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

21mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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REPOSTED: This is Your Brain on Fear

So this is my most popular episode so far, so I thought it was well worth a replay.  Back next week! In this episode of The Confident Mind Podcast I explore the ways in which mindfulness changes how our brain is wired, including the research into the positive effects of regular mindfulness practice.  Included is a practical mindfulness exercise to help you relax and better manage stress. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post REPOSTED: This is Your Brain on Fear appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

19mins

21 Oct 2015

Rank #14

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It’s Too Easy To Be Mean

In this weeks episode of The Confident Mind I talk about recent research that shows that random acts of kindness, even towards strangers, has a significant impact on people’s social anxiety.  I explore how this shows that being disconnected and isolated is both a symptom and outcome of social anxiety, and how this kind of kindness towards others shifts us towards connection. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post It’s Too Easy To Be Mean appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

22 Sep 2015

Rank #15

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Listen to the Voices

This week on The Confident Mind, I talk about the quality of the relationship we have with ourselves, and how we are always having a conversation in our head.  Mindfulness allows us to listen to the voices in our head, and assess and make changes to this relationship. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Listen to the Voices appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

19mins

25 Aug 2015

Rank #16

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REPOSTED: The Anxiety Toolkit: Interview with Dr. Alice Boyes

This week, I took a break from Podcasting, because sometimes we all need a break.  So here’s one of my most popular posts from a few months back, in case you missed it.  See you next week, Kyle. This week on the Confident Mind Podcast I talk to Dr. Alice Boyes, a fellow New Zealander and former Clinical Psychologist, turned writer who now lives in Las Vegas.  She has had her research about couples published in leading international journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Alice writes a regular blog for Psychology Today and is the emotions expert for Women’s Health Australia. Her writing is influenced by multiple different types of therapies, including techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion. Her latest book is called The Anxiety Toolkit and you can get a copy for yourself below. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post REPOSTED: The Anxiety Toolkit: Interview with Dr. Alice Boyes appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

21mins

8 Sep 2015

Rank #17

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Feelings About Feelings

In this weeks Confident Mind Podcast I introduce secondary emotions, how they contribute to escalating patterns of emotions and how panic is really “fear of fear.”  I explore how mindfulness helps with Panic Attacks and secondary emotions, and how to practice observing fear and panic thoughts.  Included is a brief mindfulness exercise on observing the pulse. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post Feelings About Feelings appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

19mins

14 Jul 2015

Rank #18

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When Willpower Won’t Work

In this episode of The Confident Mind Podcast I explore how willpower works, and doesn’t work, including some of the recent research on how to maximise willpower.  Included is a practical mindfulness exercise to help you better manage your willpower. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post When Willpower Won’t Work appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

19mins

30 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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How to get Motivated

This week on the Confident Mind, it’s all about motivation: what it is and how to get more of it.  Or more specifically how mindfulness can help us overcome a lack of motivation, and do hard things.  I talk about the paradox of motivation, and how dealing with a lack of motivation is really about working with our emotions more effectively. To see more about my online treatment program to help you Overcome Social Anxiety, which is “Pay What You Want” (yes really, $1, $5, $50 it’s up to you!) go to: overcomingsocialanxiety.com/program The post How to get Motivated appeared first on Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

18mins

2 Mar 2016

Rank #20