The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Stories We Tell Ourselves  In this classroom video and article, I share strategies for transforming painful experiences. Especially those beyond your control. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=119i-Qv-ep0 Background Reality Testing: Psychology Theories Cognitive Reframing and Restructuring Identifying and challenging irrational or maladaptive thoughts ABC Model - Cognitive Behavioural Technique Antecedent, Belief, Consequence Application Reality Testing: Real-Life Example In... Continue Reading →

Embracing Change and Moving Forward | The Drive Magazine

“Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors” Original Source: The Drive Magazine Change is both personal and universal. Everyone goes through changes and transformations. We are born. We grow old. What sets us apart is how we experience change. 1. Personality of Change How we perceive the world has a significant impact on how we experience... Continue Reading →

Empowering Conversations About Change

The Psychology of Change During this week’s health psychology lecture, we talked about the psychology of change, including the parts of our lives that remain ‘unchanged’ during rapid and unexpected change. What Remains During Change? The Sun Still Rises Coffee Tastes Delicious Trees Greet You on Your Walk Favourite Movie Still Delights Bed is Comfie... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Create Opportunity in COVID Adversity: Class of 2020

Three Ways ~ 2020 graduates ~ can bridge the gap between what was ~ and what will be. 🎓 CONNECT 🎓 CREATE 🎓 CRISIS MANAGEMENT All three resilience  strategies described in full detail in the 8 minute video below: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3OXADYU-pQs&app=m&persist_app=1 Hold On STAY STRONG 2020 Graduates! Growth happens in the  s p a c e ... Continue Reading →

Peer Pressure: What happened when I quit drinking?

Getting ready for my online summer courses which requires a lot of new psychology videos. Including video discussions on health, wellness, and personal empowerment. Similar to in person college classes, the goal is to stimulate active discussions and open communication. For example: Discussion Topic What happened when I quit drinking? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejpt6agt1tk Watch this short video... Continue Reading →

CPR: Sustainable Resilience & Mental Health Habits

sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty /səˌstānəˈbilədē/ The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Catch Pause Repair (CPR) is a Framework for Sustainable Mental Health & Resilience Habits. CPR includes three simple steps as outlined in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVfeKg78fEY 1. Catch Catch yourself before a stress response escalates by becoming more aware of what triggers... Continue Reading →

Posttraumatic Growth: Can Adversity Be Good for You?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlkaArLVg28 Psychology Keynote In this video 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. Personal Experience In this video I share examples of how my parents coped with dark times... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Choice and transformation go hand in hand.

“Empowerment is realizing you have a choice.” My mission in life is to encourage people to own their choices – no matter how big or how small. In doing so, individuals will uncover the magnificent power that lives within them. Embracing the power to choose one’s emotions, thoughts, and reactions to life’s circumstances is the key which... Continue Reading →

Stop Complaining. Start Changing.

“Go 24 hours without complaining and watch your life start changing.” The next time you’re tempted to complain about the same thing over and over again, direct that same frustrated energy into your highest, loftiest goals. Consciously swap one complaint for one baby step towards your dreams. Same energy required. Magically different results.    To view the... Continue Reading →

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