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Potential Psychology

91 EpisodesProduced by Ellen JacksonWebsite

*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential. Discover the science behind your mind, brai… read more

91 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Finding Antifragility in a World Afraid of Failure

July 14th, 2020


“As complex adaptive systems, it’s actually struggle that helps us thrive.”
I am so pleased to be joined in this episode by Dr. Paige Williams to chat about her work in learning and teaching others about resilience and …

Adapting to Change with Professor Andrew Martin

June 23rd, 2020


Today I am joined by Andrew Martin, Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research …

Self Care Is The New Health Care With Suzy Reading

June 2nd, 2020


"Sometimes, the true act of self-care is the thing you least feel like doing. It's tying up incompletions. It's looking at what's depleting you and taking action on that. Sometimes, it's addressing areas of pain and …

Screen Time Strategies In A Global Pandemic with Martine Oglethorpe

May 20th, 2020


“There are some fundamental principles that parents want kids to follow: respect themselves, respect other people, and, in a nutshell, if they’re …

The Perks and Pitfalls of Working from Home with Dr Joe Sweeney

April 1st, 2020


Is working from home working for you? Are you running staff meetings from your kitchen? Home schooling in the lounge? Have you discovered your …

Keeping Well When We're Stressed and Anxious with Ellen Jackson

March 25th, 2020


Hello wonderful humans.
I’m mixing things up for this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast. I had planned an episode on Personality and How It …

Telling Important Stories with Naomi Hunter and Jeremy Hunter

March 18th, 2020


In the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty and the anxiety it is provoking it can do the heart and mind good to be distracted with positive stories of people doing good in our world. We need that right now.
My guests for this …

Prioritising Positivity with Dr Suzy Green

March 10th, 2020


I'm delighted to have Dr Suzy Green back on the show today. Suzy was one of my lecturers when I completed the Masters of Coaching Psychology at The …

Bringing Behaviour to a Bigger World with Ryan O'Donnell

March 3rd, 2020


Joining me on the show for this episode is science communicator and content creator Ryan O’Donnell, a.k.a RyanO. Ryan wakes up daily trying to fill the gap between the amazing science of behavior and the billions of …

Building a Bigger Life with Thomas Igeme

February 25th, 2020


How do we learn, grow and fulfil our potential today and into the future?
My guest for today's conversation arrived in the United States from Kenya at …

Getting Curious About Jobs and the Future with Tess Walton

February 18th, 2020


I was introduced to Tess Walton at an event late in 2019 and we clicked straight away. We got talking about her specialist topic - the future of work - and I quickly realised that this was a podcast episode in the …

Finding Joy Through Exertion with Sanjay Rawal

February 11th, 2020


Today on the show we’re talking a bit about exercise, a bit about spirituality, a bit about indigenous cultures and quite a bit about a very select …

Bushfires, Kids and Staying Safe Through Trauma with Psychologist Karen Young

February 4th, 2020


The one in which I share my family's brush with bushfires on New Years Eve 2019 and then explore the effects of calamity and catastrophe on children …

The Summer Series: Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

January 31st, 2020


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is brought to you by PAFOW and their upcoming Sydney event, PAFOW20 Sydney: Honoring the Human …

The Summer Series: Revisiting Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

January 21st, 2020


It’s week three of our Summer Series of the Potential Psychology Podcast. While the team and I are busy behind the scenes prepping Season 8 of the …

The Summer Series: Revisiting Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

January 15th, 2020


It’s week two of our Summer Series of the Potential Psychology Podcast. Over the next few weeks while the team and I have a short break and get …

The Summer Series: Revisiting Motivation As We Prepare for 2020

January 5th, 2020


Our Summer Series
We're back after a slight delay due to the Australian bushfires.
My family and I were caught up in the bushfire drama on the NSW …

Merrymaking with Emma and Carla Papas

December 17th, 2019


Today we meet Emma and Carla Papas, The Merrymaker Sisters.
These real-life sisters are Yoga, Pilates and Meditation teachers, entrepreneurs, podcasters, authors, social media stars and, as I discover in this interview, …

Conquering Procrastination with Ellen Jackson

December 10th, 2019


Hands up if you procrastinate.
Okay, hands down.
Of course you procrastinate. You're human aren't you? The question is, are you one of the 80 per cent who procrastinate over some tasks, some of the time? Or the 20 per …

Tales from the Valley of Death with Rachel Menzies

December 3rd, 2019


Tales from the Valley of Death: Reflections from psychotherapy on the fear of death. It sounds morbid but it's not. It's fascinating.
Tales introduces us to the complex lives of 10 individuals who have been crippled by …

Building a Workplace in Which We Thrive with Associate Professor Peggy Kern

November 27th, 2019


What is it like to thrive and flourish at work? Not just survive, but really have the opportunity to be your best self?
My guest for this episode is Dr Peggy Kern. Peggy is an Associate Professor at the Centre for …

Thriving Through Struggle and Suffering with Dr Sarah Sarkis

November 19th, 2019


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is brought to you by the Wellbeing Evidence and Horizons Conference, Australia’s leading …

Building Your Best Day with Professor Tim Olds

November 13th, 2019


If we have the same 24 hours as Beyonce, how should we use them if we want to be happy and well?
Do we pour our time into work? Do we sacrifice sleep …

Psychologists, Horses and Helping with Naomi Rossthorn

November 5th, 2019


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is brought to you by the Wellbeing Evidence and Horizons Conference, Australia’s leading …

Future Possibilities in Mental Health with Dr Jarrod White

October 29th, 2019


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is brought to you by the Wellbeing Evidence and Horizons Conference, Australia’s leading …

Motivating Yourself to Exercise with Dr Gordon Spence

October 22nd, 2019


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is brought to you by the Wellbeing Evidence and Horizons Conference, Australia’s leading …

The Portal to Transformation with Tom Cronin

September 24th, 2019


My guest today is passionate about reducing stress and chaos in people’s lives.
Tom Cronin knows first-hand the power of meditation in overcoming mental health issues and the potential this ancient practice has for …

Hacking Your Life Admin for Family Harmony with Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts

September 17th, 2019


My guests on the podcast today are the living embodiment of 'testing and learning', particularly when it comes to life admin - everything from …

Positive Conversations about Aged Care with Dr Julie Bajic Smith

September 10th, 2019


"Australian men over 85 have the highest rate of suicide in the country"
Wellbeing in older adults. It's a conversation we don't often have, but we …

Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

September 4th, 2019


Imagine controlling the world directly with your mind. That was my guest's dream - and she and colleagues brought that dream to life.
Ariel Garten has …

The Life and Trials of an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner

August 27th, 2019


How does a psychologist become a psychologist? What does the training involve? How long does it take? And could YOU last the distance?
In this …

A Year Long Adventure in Brain Hacking with James Garrett

August 19th, 2019


If you could upgrade yourself to 'You Version 2.0' what would that look like? Who would you be? What would you do? And how would you get there?
Our …

Why Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong

August 14th, 2019


My first ever SOLO episode and we're talking motivation. Where does it come from? How do we create it in ourselves and others? And why is everything you know or think about motivation wrong?
Motivation is one of my …

Revisiting Brain By Design with James Garrett

August 7th, 2019


I have been talking to several clients recently about productivity, attention, focus, our expectations of ourselves and the feelings that come along with juggling all of the things - work, parenting, health, self-care, …

Connecting You with the World of Positive Psychology & the IPPA World Congress

July 31st, 2019


Join me behind the scenes at the IPPA 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia
If you follow Potential Psychology on social …

Fears, Phobias and Obsessions with Dr Celin Gelgec

July 23rd, 2019


'If the 5 trillion spiders in the Netherlands took to eating humans rather than insects, they’d consume all Dutch people in just three days.'
Not a nice thought, especially if you have a spider phobia but that was the …

A Kidnapped Teacher Talks About Health After Hurt with Rob Hunter

July 15th, 2019


Imagine this. You're 20 years old and a newly minted teacher with sole responsibility for a small rural primary school and the nine students who …

Should Parents Really Worry About Video Games? with Research Professor Peter Gray

June 19th, 2019


'It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies'
That was the NY Post headline that sent the internet into meltdown in 2016. The article went on to state that 'your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks …

Revisiting Digital Parenting with Martine Oglethorpe

June 11th, 2019


We’re doing something a little different on the podcast today. For the first time, we are revisiting a past episode. In fact it’s episode two of the podcast - my interview with parenting and e-safety expert Martine …

Judges, Magistrates, Scrutiny and Mental Health with Lawyer and Psychologist Carly Schrever

June 5th, 2019


Have you imagined what it's like to be a judge presiding over a court? To maintain calm in the court room, absorb and synthesise complex information, …

The Talking Cure, Transformation and Being a Little Bit Mad with Professor Gillian Straker & Dr Jacqui Winship

May 28th, 2019


What do you know about therapy?
Did the producers of The Sopranos get it right?
And are we all a little bit mad?
The answer is 'yes' according to my guests today, both highly experienced Sydney-based psychotherapists and …

Winners at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards

May 21st, 2019


NEWS We're taking a break from regular programming for a special mini episode celebrating the winners at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards!

The Power of Music to Boost Your Mood with Dr Sandra Garrido

May 14th, 2019


Music and our moods are intrinsically linked. We seek sad songs when we're blue, upbeat vibes to work out, maybe classical for a bit of zen.
But how does this work? What happens in your brain when you listen to music? …

Keeping Well as an 'Allergy Parent' with Callie Mackenzie

May 7th, 2019


With an increasing number of children in the western world diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, the parents of these kids can find themselves overwhelmed, and anxious, with their well being and mental health …

Stress and Self Care for Our Junior Doctors with Dr Rebekah Hoffman

April 30th, 2019


Our doctors help to keep us well, but who looks after the doctors when they're struggling with stress, exhaustion and overwhelm?
My guest today is Dr Rebekah Hoffman, a GP (General Practitioner) in regional NSW, a …

Thriving Through Cancer with Dr Jodie Fleming

April 22nd, 2019


Welcome back to the Potential Psychology Podcast.
My guest today once specialised in psycho-oncology, the human side of cancer. In 2010 at the age of …

The Resilience Paradox with Dr Brock Bastian

April 16th, 2019


We're back for Season 5 and we have some exiting news! The Potential Psychology Podcast is up for an award. I'll give you the low down in this …

Happier Together with Our Listeners and Guests as We Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

March 19th, 2019


Welcome to our special event celebratory podcast episode!
We are celebrating because today, March 20, is the UN’s International Day of Happiness and …

Building a Flourishing Workspace with Dr Jacqueline Vischer

March 13th, 2019


How does where you work affect how you feel and behave? And is there a better way to build workspaces so that we can thrive and flourish at work?
These are the questions that my guest and I explore in this episode of the …

Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

March 5th, 2019


Today we are talking about one of my favourite topics - Sleep! My guest is Dr Kate Sprecher and she is speaking to me from Colorado, in the United …

Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian with Dr Nadine Hamilton

February 27th, 2019


Today I am kicking off the first of a few conversations specific to well being within particular professions.
My guest for this episode has spent 10 …

Identity, Vulnerability and Everyday Leaders with Psychologist Matthew Condie

February 20th, 2019


I’m delighted to have Matthew Condie on the podcast for this episode.
Matt is the kind of eclectic psychologist that I love talking to. He’s held …

Ageing Smart with Psychologist & Neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson

February 12th, 2019


Do you know how to keep your brain healthy and well as you age?
That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast. …

Mashing Movies with Wellbeing and Counting What Counts with Anna Box

February 5th, 2019


My guest today has found a way to take the human experiences that we’re often not great at talking about openly and make them accessible through …

Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

January 29th, 2019


Tired of nagging and arguing with the kids? Today's guest suggests that you flip the switch to positive for happier, healthier kids and greater …

Don't Pursue Happiness, Prepare for Wellbeing. Intellectual Adventuring & Thrivability with Professor Lindsay Oades

January 22nd, 2019


Has the mental health pendulum swung too far?
Distress is a contentious topic. We no longer accept ‘toughen up, don’t cry’ as the appropriate message …

Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

January 15th, 2019


With me in this episode is Dr Adrian Medhurst. Adrian is a psychologist, speaker, author and thought leader on a mission to optimise performance and …

NEWS: What's Coming Up in Season 4?

January 9th, 2019


We're back with Season 4 of the Potential Psychology Podcast!
In this mini episode I give you the low-down on the up coming expert guests and topics …

Work, Stress and Managing Life's Bubbles in a World of Tech and Connection with Dr Melissa Marot

November 13th, 2018


Drowning in email? Swamped by notifications? Stressed by endless work demands?
How do you disconnect in a working world that’s switched on 24/7?
In …

Launching a Conversation About Work and Well Being with Karen Gillespie

November 6th, 2018


It’s time to talk on the podcast about work and the role that work plays in our well being.
Joining me for this episode is Organisational Psychologist …

Finding a Space for Men and Boys with Carl Nelms

October 30th, 2018


This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is for the men and boys - and the parents and partners of men and boys.
My guest is Carl Nelms, …

Are We Building Strong People? With Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

October 23rd, 2018


“This is a generation that is ­really struggling. It speaks to me of a lack of ­resilience. The bottom line is that I don’t think we are preparing even the little kids or the biggest kids for adversity.’’
That’s my …

Fostering Hope and Purpose in Our Kids with Rachel Colla

October 16th, 2018


We are turning our attention to kids and young people for our next couple of episodes of the podcast and in this episode I’m talking to psychologist

Eating Well and Thinking Well with Dr Naomi Malone

October 9th, 2018


We all eat but have you given much thought to why you eat what you eat? Or when you eat? Or how you eat? Have you thought about your relationship with food?
My guest today is Dr Naomi Malone, from A Life Simply Lived, a …

Conquer Your Nerves for Stellar Performance with Anastasia Hronis

October 2nd, 2018


Ever felt nervous before a big presentation, exam or performance? The sweaty palms? Jumpy tummy? Racing heart?
Have you noticed what where your mind goes in these moments? Do worries of impending disaster or freezing at …

How to Rubberise Your Brain for an Optimal Life with Jacquelyn Cranney and Sue Morris

September 25th, 2018


We all know what we’re supposed to do achieve our study, work and life goals but we rarely do it, do we? Instead we procrastinate and worry, waste time and stress ourselves out.
My guests today are co-authors of a new …

The Psychological Life of an Elite Athlete with Dr Deidre Anderson

September 18th, 2018


My guest for this episode is Dee Anderson, a Performance and Wellbeing Specialist who has worked with some of the world's most successful elite …

Managing Your Mind in a High Stakes Environment with Olympian and Psychologist Caroline Anderson

September 11th, 2018


My guest today is Caroline Anderson from Performance Edge Psychology. Caroline is one of those people who seems to have hit the talent jackpot. She …

NEWS: Find out what's in store for Season 3

September 4th, 2018


Hi Ellen here. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome! I’m your host and I’m here with this mini episode to tell you a bit about what’s coming up on the podcast in Season 3.
This season we have a …

Exercising to Fulfil Your Potential with Nonie Carr

August 7th, 2018


Love it or hate it, today’s show is about exercise - and how you can use it to fulfil your potential.
My guest is Nonie Carr, a Melbourne based …

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Parenthood with Nadene Van Der Linden

July 31st, 2018


This episode is one for the new parents and parents to be.
My guest is clinical psychologist and parenting expert Nadene van der Linden. We're …

Disrupting Education and Thriving at School with Andrea Downie

July 24th, 2018


My guest today is on a mission to disrupt education and spread well being throughout schools, organisations and our community.
Andrea Downie is …

Kids, Education and The Future of Work with Dr Joe Sweeney

July 17th, 2018


What is the future of work and how do we prepare our kids for it?Are schools and universities setting kids up for future success? Does technology in …

Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

July 10th, 2018


Something to get you thinking today. I'm talking to Dr Madeline Fernbach, Australian Clinical Psychologist with expertise and a passion for working …

Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Well Being Conference

July 4th, 2018


Something completely different for you on the podcast this week.
I recorded this episode at the 13th Happiness & Its Causes Conference in sunny Sydney, Australia. It's five pocket interviews and an insight into the …

A Self Care Revolution: Nurturing Your Head, Heart and Body with Suzy Reading

June 26th, 2018


I'm very excited that my guest for this episode not only shares two of my personal passions - psychology and yoga - but she combines the two in her …

Hey Warrior! Helping kids (and adults) transcend anxiety and live well with Karen Young

June 19th, 2018


My guest today is Karen Young, founder of the popular 'Hey Sigmund' website. Karen is a psychologist, an author, a speaker, an educator and a …

Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity with James Garrett

June 12th, 2018


My guest today is James Garrett, the founder and CEO of Brain by Design - a US-based organisation that teaches strategies for getting more from your …

Big Life Drama and Daily Discord: Overcoming Adversity with Eileen Lenson

June 5th, 2018


Today’s guest and I are separated by 13,000 km and the mighty Pacific Ocean but thanks to the wonders of technology we chat in this episode as though …

NEWS - What's Coming Up in Season 2?

May 29th, 2018


Hi, it's Ellen. I’m taking this opportunity to give you a glimpse into the hive of behind the scenes activity that is taking place as we await the …

Following Your Curiosity: Careers, Coaching and Courage with Cassandra Dunn

May 8th, 2018


This is such a fun interview with exuberant and engaging coaching and clinical psychologist Cassandra Dunn. Cass and I chat, laugh and explore our …

From Prisons To The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

May 2nd, 2018


Welcome to Episode 9 of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

In this episode I chat to the delightful Laura Braid from The Sweet Life. Laura started her …

Simplifying Life, Starting in the Kitchen with Jules Clancy

April 24th, 2018


In Episode 8 of the Potential Psychology Podcast we take a fascinating little side path into the world of food, cooking, simplicity and wellbeing.

My …

Quiet Confidence, Transitions and Leadership with Dr Tess Crawley

April 17th, 2018


Dr Tess Crawley is a clinical and forensic psychologist from Hobart, Tasmania. She has spent over ten years mentoring other psychologists and she’s …

Mythbusting, Neuroscience and a Woman's Brain with Dr Sarah McKay

April 10th, 2018


<!--{cke_protected}<meta charset="utf-8" />-->Dr Sarah McKay is an Oxford educated neuroscientist who hung up her lab coat 10 years ago to teach, write and speak about brain health and applied neuroscience. …

Destination: World Wide Wellbeing. A chat about strengths and optimal human functioning with Dr Suzy Green

April 3rd, 2018


In this episode Suzy discusses 'performance and character strengths' - a foundation of positive psychology - and how they inform our career choices …

Rethinking the Naughty Corner: Grown Up Lessons for Helping Kids Manage Stress with Chelle Taylor

March 27th, 2018


In this episode Ellen talks to Chelle Taylor, child and family psychologist, about helping kids to manage stress and anxiety. Chelle is an expert in …

Power Posing in the Bathroom and Building Your Self Belief with Melanie Schilling

March 20th, 2018


In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast Ellen chat's to Mel Schilling, psychologist and relationship coach. You might know Mel as one of …

Screw Ups and Steps to Happiness with Dr Jo Mitchell

March 20th, 2018


Welcome to the first episode of the Potential Psychology podcast, with your host, Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson.
In this episode Ellen …

Playing Minecraft and Parenting in the Digital Age with Martine Oglethorpe

March 20th, 2018


In Episode 2 of the Potential Psychology Podcast your host, Ellen Jackson, chats to parenting and e-safety expert Martine Oglethorpe.  Martine works …

Welcome to the Potential Psychology Podcast: Introduction

March 15th, 2018


And so it begins! The Potential Psychology Podcast is for you. Your host, Ellen Jackson, has created it to share the wisdom, knowledge, passion and …

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