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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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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Psychology Interviews

Western University Field of School and Applied Child Psychology “Our mission is to prepare school psychologists to create and use the knowledge of psychological science in ways that enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families in schools and communities.” Watch: Western University Interview CBC Television 5 Positive Ways to Embrace Change “Need help embracing …

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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 Management

Psychology of Time 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 A Personality vs. 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

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 experienced the same emotion: loneliness. An emotion that is heightened during the holidays. Original Source: …

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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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Cultivating Mental Health Daily

“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 | The Drive Magazine

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 my …

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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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