Radio Interview: Why People Refuse to Change Their Minds

Interview Now Available 📻☀️ I begin 6 min 24 sec into radio segment:  http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/audio/sunday-morning-live-dr-andrea-dinardo-1.9561424?mode=Article JULY 28 RADIO SHOW TOPIC: COGNITIVE DISSONANCE Why facts don’t change our minds I would love your questions and reflections on the topic of why people refuse to change their minds and/or adjust their stance on a political, personal, relationship, or …

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WHY change NOW?

The first question I ask clients wanting to make a change is “Why Now?” For there is no doubt that they (and you and I) have been wanting to transform an aspect of our lives for a very long time. But the intrinsic motivation just isn’t quite there. The kind of motivation that is essential …

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What’s your why?

Shifting from Extrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation We live in a world that rewards frivolous behaviour with fame and fortune, so it is no wonder that some students expect their motivation to come from the outside, in the same way that reality show contestants expect to win a million dollars, simply by “showing up”. How can …

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Psychology of Body Image: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Perception versus Reality I was motivated to write this post and film an accompanying video after witnessing so many students overwrought by thoughts of inadequacy about how they looked. In reality, there was no doubt that they were healthy and whole, but in their minds, they believed the opposite. A phenomenon heightened by imaginary audience and …

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Love is a Language – What’s Yours?

How do you express your love? Take Quiz The 5 Love Languages Quiz for Singles: Click Here The 5 Love Languages Quiz for Couples: Click Here Paper Version of Quiz — Tap on Photo Below Love and Social Psychology One of the reasons I love teaching psychology is that it gives me the opportunity to …

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Meaningful Online Connections

5 Ways to Create Meaningful Connections in a Virtual World This list was initially created for students embarking on a new career during covid-19. It also includes EQ techniques helpful for everyone. Connect with intention. Before engaging with someone online, take a step back and ask why you are doing so. What is the purpose …

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Interviews

Mental Health Matters Situational Anxiety “Dr. Dinardo discusses the difference between anxiety disorder and situational anxiety and how either can be heightened during the pandemic and times of racial unrest. She provides us with 3 strategies to support a healthier lifestyle while living with situational anxiety.” Watch: Anxiety Interview What She Said Radio “Are you …

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Anxiety Relief Technique

FEAR is an illusion 5 Why’s Technique The 5 Why’s is a simple and effective technique for understanding the source of our fears and cognitive distortions (irrational beliefs) one why at a time. Exploring the Unconscious Mind An analytic (below the surface) strategy originating in the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. What’s …

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Situational Anxiety Interview

Mental Health Matters Interview Situational Anxiety Dr. Katherin Garland Host of Mental Health Matters This week, I speak with one of my dearest blogging friends, Dr. D! We discuss all things anxiety. She explains the difference between anxiety disorder and situational anxiety. Dr. Dinardo provides 3 strategies to help us cope with situational anxiety, especially because …

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IS THIS NORMAL? Temporary Emotions vs Mental Illness

The most common question people ask when they discover I’m a retired psychologist is – “Is This Normal?“ This question is a significant motivator for creating this psychology blog in the first place. Because too often people suffer because of lack of understanding versus a diagnosable medical condition. differential diagnosis  ·  the process of differentiating …

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Anger is a sign that something needs to change

Individuals are often looking for healthier ways to express their emotions. For Example: Anger That said, it’s not as simple as becoming “more calm” or “less explosive”. The first step in transformation and lasting change is looking below the surface. The Kübler-Ross Model provides insight: The goal is to discover if angry thoughts, actions, or …

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Psychology Insights: Self Criticism to Self Compassion

WHY ARE WE SO HARD ON OURSELVES? Great question! One that I’m asked often. And one that I often ask myself. PSYCHOLOGY INSIGHTS What causes this behaviour? The answer is multifaceted and includes several factors including how we were parented (when internalized superego and conscience first develops) and eventually how we parent ourselves. For example: When …

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Stay Open to the Possibilities

Embrace Uncertainty One of my favourite ways to energize before teaching psychology classes at St. Clair College is to summarize a theory in practical and concrete ways in the parking lot. Literally! 🚘  I filmed this video 5 minutes before I was about to teach a lecture on personality and positive psychology in my liberal arts …

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Rethink Time in COVID-19

I find the perception of time fascinating. Everyone experiences time differently. Because time truly is relative. Changing from situation to situation. For example: Work Week vs. Vacation Week COVID vs. Pre-COVID Bored versus in Flow Time perception also varies from person to person. For example: Teenager vs. Baby Boomer  Good Health vs. Poor Health  Type …

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Emotional Freedom Technique for Social Anxiety & Imaginary Audience

Have you ever felt like you’re being watched?  Judged and scrutinized. Like all eyes are on you and every potential error you make? Everyone experiences this phenomenon from time to time, especially when trying out something for the first time. Think back to the first time you gave a dinner party, swung a golf club, …

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Ambitious Mama Podcast: Thriving Under Pressure & Posttraumatic Growth

Podcast Details & Show Notes I was recently interviewed by wellness entrepreneur Christa Realba for her Ambitious Mama Podcast Series. During the podcast, Christa and I discussed how posttraumatic growth and thriving under pressure are possible for all of us. In different gradients, and at different times for sure. Depending on where you are on …

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Strength Based Leadership: ReThink Challenges

On January 11, 2020, I had the opportunity to work with the student leadership team at St. Clair College in Windsor Ontario. MISSION AND VISION The goal was to strengthen the bonds between team members and harness the power of their mission for the 12,500 students on campus. We talked about the many ways challenges …

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Psychology on YouTube

My number one intention for becoming a psychologist and psychology professor has always been to help people live a better life, no matter their life circumstances. And since there are only so many hours in a day, I’m always looking for new ways to reach and teach as many people as I can. All at …

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Coping With Loneliness During the Holidays

NEW Interview December 20, 2020 Loneliness during COVID-19 Holidays AM800 CKLW Morning Show: Click Here When we feel a painful emotion, our first instinct is to pull away. To numb the pain. To hide from the intensity. This was the case for Sarah and Jack, two unique individuals with vastly different circumstances. But they each …

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Post Traumatic Growth: Can Adversity Be Good for You?

Can Adversity Be Good for You? In my latest video from a Positive Psychology Keynote at a Student Success Conference: You will hear the remarkable stories of teachers, social workers, and principals who suffered greatly through illness, injuries, and difficult pregnancies. Eventually rising up (with time and support) to greater heights in their current lives. Hear Their …

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Have you experienced stage fright or performance anxiety?

PUBLIC SPEAKING TIP How to Turn Fear into Excitement Neuroscience Solutions & Insights Did you know that fear and excitement share the same set of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine. Opposite emotions. Identical neurotransmitters. Same neural activity. Different Cognitive Appraisal. And the best way to shift from performance anxiety to excitement is to say …

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Improve Mental Health with Positive Psychology

“The goal isn’t to get rid of negative thoughts and feelings. The goal is to change your response to them.“ Instead of thinking of mental health as a burden you must shoulder, imagine it as an opportunity to experience peace and joy. In the same way that we make time for our physical needs, we …

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SAYING NO Are you a feeler or a thinker?

Do you have a difficult time saying no? While others in your life say no without a second thought. Is this confusing and at times upsetting for you? Are you hard on yourself because of this discrepancy between yourself and others? You may be interested to discover that Saying No is not a one size …

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5 Ways to Focus Better

Why Can’t I Remember Anything? One of the most frequent questions I was asked as a practicing psychologist and more recently as a psychology professor is why can’t I remember anything. The problem is most likely a focusing issue — not a memory issue. An important distinction between memory and attention that I share in …

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Uplifting Mantras for Uncertain Times.

Life lived backwards makes perfect sense.  You finally understand WHY the job, the partner, the degree, the house, the friendship, the ______ didn’t work out.  BUT what about in the “here and now”? How do we make the leap of faith during the darkest of days? MANTRAS mantras mantras.  Find a phrase that moves you …

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Optimism Bootcamp: 3 Steps to Empowerment

Nathalie Begin author of the Gutsy Feeling Blog invited me to give a positive psychology workshop called Optimism Bootcamp at a Symposium for Crohn’s & Colitis Canada. The audience was filled a very special group of people. Individuals that have been battling the chronic condition of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) their whole lives. Optimism and Health …

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Thriving Teams. Thriving Leaders.

LESSONS LEARNED In this post, I share the lessons learned at a thriving teams thriving leaders board retreat. It was a true team effort!   With the team-building and leadership exercises equally led by the student leaders and myself. Please join in and explore the reflection questions, interactive activities, and workshop videos with the teams …

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Radio Interview: Is Social Media Bad for Mental Health?

“Live” from the studio📻 http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/audio/april-anderson-talks-to-dr-andrea-dinardo-1.9455483?mode=Article Your Input Please I would love your questions and reflections on the topic of social media and well-being for my upcoming July 7 SUNDAY MORNING LIVE interview with host April Anderson on AM800 CKLW iHeart Radio. We will also be discussing thriving under pressure and why failure is good for …

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Peer Pressure and Alcohol: Stand Your Sacred Ground

The Social Side Effects of Change Motivation to make a change is as much about you, as the people all around you. And unfortunately, not everyone agrees with our decision to grow, change, and evolve. In whatever form it may take. “Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself“ …

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What brings you joy?

What brings you joy on a Saturday morning, Friday night, or Tuesday afternoon? From my experience, it’s never the time, the day, or the month that brings good vibes. It’s how we feel on the inside. So why wait another minute for happy hour. Create the life you want wherever you are. 😊😊 Related Post: Happiness in Present …

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How to stay motivated as you prepare for your TEDX Talk.

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the new roster of TEDX Windsor speakers at Beachgrove Golf and Country Club in Windsor Ontario. “A goal should scare you a little bit and excite you a lot.” In the 4 min video below I advise the 2019 @TEDxWindsor Speakers how to stay motivated …

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Lemon Soul Podcast: Thriving Under Pressure

The Psychology of Wellness I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed on the Lemon Soul Podcast by an engaging and bright young woman named Sierra Parr. It was one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on and I hope you find the same value in listening to the podcast as I had co-creating …

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Failure as FEEDBACK | The Drive Magazine.

There are two ways of looking at failure. Failure as FEEDBACK. Failure as PUNISHMENT. ⊕⊕⊕⊕⊕ One energizes. The other paralyzes. WHY FAILURE IS NECESSARY I believe that failure is essential for success, at work and in our personal lives. Failure lights our way to what we’re ultimately meant to do. Especially when we embrace it …

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Exploring Purpose in Psychology Class

So many people in this world are struggling with what to do with their lives. An existential struggle that did not exist 100 years ago when jobs were more clearly defined. Which is why it is essential to explore purpose in many different ways. PURPOSE 🆚 JOB We must not confuse life purpose with occupation. …

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Lean into loneliness | The Drive Magazine.

Good news to share! This month I published my first psychology advice column for a Canadian magazine. The same magazine that profiled my work in positive psychology. My intention for the psychology article is to inspire and comfort individuals experiencing loneliness during the holidays.  VIDEO OVERVIEW  Writing dreams & goals. I have been writing psychology …

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Mind over matter.

When the going gets tough do you focus on the dream or the sacrifice? “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl Boost your motivation and raise your energy by laser focusing on what is within your control during challenge and adversity — Your Mindset Related …

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How do I motivate myself when I feel completely lost?

JUST SHOW UP The word motivation stems from the Latin word “movere” which means to move. Which is why MOMENTUM is such a powerful force when it comes to motivation. Motivation doesn’t happen before the creative act — it happens during. Small steps.Day by day.Week by week.Moving you forward.Closer to your dreams.Just show up.  Related …

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Psychology Tips for Managing Negativity

Time is in such short supply. The sooner we appreciate its value, the better life becomes. When I was a kid my mom set the egg timer for almost everything we did; whether it was how long we spent doing our homework, weeding the garden, watching television, or complaining about life’s challenges. It helped us …

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Shifting from anxiety to excitement.

They say we only use 5-10% of our brain’s full potential. A statement I tend to agree with. Know thyself. Understanding ourselves better, including our brains, is always the first step in tapping into what’s possible, within, and all around us. Hacking the brain. Did you know that fear and excitement share the same set of neurotransmitters, …

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Psychology 101: Ask Dr. D.

Getting to know my students is one of my favourite parts being a professor.  Accordingly, I ask students a lot of questions. So it’s only fair that students get to ask me questions too! Why did you become a psychologist? 🎥 What’s most interesting about being a college professor? 🎥 I would love to hear …

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Just what the doctor ordered.

What if… What if your doctor prescribed dancing as a fitness activity instead of time on a treadmill or at the gymnasium. Would you be more likely to follow through if exercise was fun and uplifting? This doctor’s prescription for today: Dancing! Which is why I love the commercial below. It’s a great reminder that …

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Client Testimonials

Contact Dr. Andrea to book speaking services for in person or virtual training, workshops, and keynotes. CANADIAN BROADCAST CORPORATION (CBC) It was an absolute pleasure working with Dr. Andrea Dinardo on “The Steven and Chris Show”. Not only is she a leading expert in the field of psychology, she is a speaker that delivers information that …

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You Can Do College Event

I love sharing ideas with students I can’t imagine a better moment in life to learn about purpose and empowerment than when we are young. Which is why I embrace every opportunity to share the principles of positive psychology with students across Canada. The most recent opportunity being a conference called: “You Can Do College.” …

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Shifting Positive on a Stressful Day

“Every day might not be good, but there is something good in every day.” In psychology class this week, I teach one of my favourite subjects – Stress, Coping, and Health Psychology Chapter 11 in my psychology textbook. I purposely teach this topic during the height of midterms. Raising awareness about the healthy (and not so healthy) ways students manage …

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I believe in you.

As a psychology professor and former school psychologist, I talk about mental health issues with students every single day. My classroom is a safe place for students to be themselves. Which is critical when working with youth (18-24) who represent the highest proportion of individuals with mental illness. Education helps bridge the gap between fear …

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How do you prepare for work each day?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” I value positivity and a sense of security in the classroom, above all else. For it is only when students feel safe, supported, and uplifted are they motivated to learn. Creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere happens long before the school bell rings. Which is why …

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Reigniting Motivation.

I wrote this on the blackboard for my nursing students today. This is their final week of classes. Which means one final opportunity for me to encourage their success. This is my favourite part of teaching psychology. Every time I face a challenge, I imagine how I can translate it into a motivating lesson for my …

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