Toxicity is an element that deprives us from developing correctly. Psychological toxicity is the ongoing occurrence of patterns that negatively effect our ability to navigate our natural environment effectively.When we are young we have to figure things out and navigate our realities very quickly. During periods of high stimulation we depend on our emotional systems to determine threats or unbalance in our environments. We are wired to trust our parents and depend on them to protect us. If they aren't placing adequate protections in place for us then we assume that it must be our fault.
In honour of Remembrance Day, Zac interviews CPT Matthew Dudley, Human Resources Officer of the United States Army, and his wife, Shannon.When Shannon and Matthew first met, he was deployed to Iraq. Five months into his time there, Matthew came home for two weeks, and they got married. He then left for another seven months."There were some times that I wondered if I was going to be 19 year-old widow," Shannon says."I had my first reality check after we got hit by a car bomb," Matthew says. "That shook me because it made me realize, ‘Woah… I could have been disintegrated'."But their love and relationship remained strong, not without a lot of hard work and understanding.“When you have a spouse who is a bit broken, you just have to be really accepting for who [they are]. You get really vulnerable really quickly because if you don’t, things just break apart,” Shannon says. Thank you for your service, Matthew, and for your strength, Shannon.
When does recreational use of a substance turn into abusing it? What effect does substance use have on your health and well-being?
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How are family dynamics changing over time? What needs to be done to create a nurturing and stable family? Zac and Andrea take an in depth look into the family dynamic. Specifically, what each partner needs to do in order to satisfy the needs of the family members and what communication between one another should look like.Intro music courtesy of Bensound
What is the best way to relax and calm your mind? We all have different tools that we use to deal with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, etc. But, have you ever tried floating in a sensory deprivation tank? According to Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips from Modern Gravity, floating is one way that people can reduce anxiety and find that sense of calm in their mind.The duo founded their business in 2014, starting out with a sensory deprivation tank in the laundry room of their basement. Shocked by the influx of clients they had, they decided to expand their business. Now, Smith and Phillips have half a dozen tanks and are committed to helping people find that sense of peace and happiness that floating has to offer.What is floating exactly? Listen to our latest episode and find out! Website: https://www.moderngravity.ca/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moderngravity/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moderngravity/Twitter: https://twitter.com/moderngravity Intro music courtesy of Bensound
On this week's episode, Zac and Andrea discuss money – specifically how to spend in a way to have a fulfilling life. Referencing a study for Purdue University, Zac and Andrea analyze how people spend money and look into the factors that cause bad spending habits. Andrea shares her experiences with money and offers insight to the age old question: Can money buy happiness?Intro music courtesy of Bensound
Dr. Kristine Wolski discusses adult education and specializing in understanding how to help people grow, learn, share and change. She eventually focused on harnessing the power of narrative to affect real change in peoples lives. Allowing people to move away from their old frameworks of reference and make changes to affectively, in her particular case, stay out of prison. Zac mentions that limiting beliefs can often be the destabilizing factor which undermines one's personal story or myth. Kristine points out that there are foundational lessons that can be derived from stories in terms of not just, "what to do" but also, "what not to do".
Meet Divina Diefor, Alberta's Drag Superstar 2017 and member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose. She has been studying drag for six years, and performing for three.Diefor has struggled with the limiting beliefs ‘I don't fit', ‘I don't belong', and ‘I'm not understood', but has managed to overcome those beliefs through the art of drag."I see Devina as a storyteller," Diefor says. "I see her as sort of every woman in the world… she tells the story of different people, of different women, of different lives.""I explore what it means to be a queer person but also what it means to be feminine in different contexts," she adds."It has really helped me shape my understanding of the queer community and what we have gone through."Stay tuned for a follow-up to this episode as Divina Diefor transforms our psychologist Kristi Landry into a drag queen!
This week's episode of The Shift Show's Appetite for Life segment is in celebration of the Edmonton Pride Festival, kicking off June 8 until the 17th.https://www.edmontonpride.ca/ Intro music courtesy of Bensound
Zac and Lindsay discuss psychopathic offenders. What exactly makes someone a psychopath? Well, it's a combination of many factors such as lack of empathy, impulsiveness, manipulative, callous, past criminal behaviour – among others.Lindsay also analyzes psychopaths in cinema, from Buffalo Bill's psychotic episodes to Tony Montana's macho, violent behaviour.*Intro music courtesy of Bensound
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In our first official episode of Appetite for Life, Chantele and Kristi chat with Myron Cossitt and Edward King from Edmonton's CrossFit Movement Lab. The duo created the business with the hopes of inspiring people to try new things in a safe environment. They encourage people to confront the things they want to change about themselves, and find that ‘self-love'. Sound familiar? Well, that's because that is exactly what we do at Shift!
The very first from our Appetite for Life discussion series.
At the end of February, a few of our staff went to Banff and attended The Gathering – an exclusive union of the world's bravest brands. The keynote speaker was Brené Brown, a well-respected ‘shame and vulnerability' researcher and storyteller.In this episode of the Shift Show, Zac talks with our very own Dr. Lindsay Sewall – a Brené Brown fanatic – about what she learned from Brown while at The Gathering.“If we dress rehearse tragedy in great moments, then we squander the joy we need when hard things happen.” – Brené Brown"Until we receive support without judgement, we cannot give support without judgement." – Brené Brown
We sit down with foodie and recipe creator Kimberly Menard who shares her thoughts on healthy and nutritional eating. After cutting meat out of her diet three years ago, her quest to find more energy from food began. Kim then started ‘Guac till you drop' on social media to help inspire others to eat healthy and get the nutrition they need. With over 2000 followers on Instagram, Kim is known for trying new recipes and experimenting with food. "Everyone should have a strong, foundational knowledge of nutrition," Kim says. "Often times what we think is healthier actually isn't. It's important to understand what we are buying and why we are eating it."Visit Kim's website to get inspired and access amazing healthy recipes!www.guactillyoudrop.comInstagram: @guactillyoudropFacebook: Guac Till You Drop
In this episode of The Shift Show, Zac and Katelyn Scott discuss the challenges of caregiving for someone with Dementia. Katelyn is in gerontology, which is the science of aging. She studied recreational therapy and has a passion for working with people with Dementia and Alzheimer's.Katelyn discusses the future possibilities of care social networks. In Calgary, there will be the very first Dementia community in Canada ever created. This will help people living with Dementia understand and communicate in a supported and safe atmosphere. They call it the ‘Memory Cottage'.The Shift Show may use coarse language and discuss topics not suitable for younger listeners. It should never be used as a replacement for Psychological services, therapy assessments or consultations. If you need help always consult a licensed mental health professional.
Eight time Women’s World Boxing Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich guest stars on The Shift Show. Jelena talks about the many things in life that have gotten her to this point: supportive parents, passionate and caring coaches, and being the best version of yourself, to name a few. Jelena has a self-titled documentary on YouTube and she also opened a boxing studio called Champs in Edmonton. Her 50th fight takes place on April 28th at the Shaw Conference Centre. Tickets are available at Champs in Edmonton or online through Eventbrite (search K.O. Boxing).YouTube: Jelena
“Training doesn’t stop for life,” Jelena says. “You have to keep training.”
“You have no idea,” Jelena speaks about the emotional toll boxing takes. “You have to get punched in the face and not be upset about it. It’s just someone’s job.”
“There is good that comes from the bad,” Jelena says. “How you carry yourself and what you do after the bad news and the bad events is how you will be perceived.”
* cut from junior high basketball* senior coach approached her and she joined team, but didn’t play much (15-16yrs boarding school) and she learned so much in that year and it changed who she was and what she could have been“It was a pivotal part in my life, never mind my career”He took me into his office and he said, ‘everything happens for a reason. When a door closes, another one will open and it’s what you do with that open door and that opportunity.’* blew out her knee at 18 years old – basketball* rehab at physio and she found boxing* her high school perspective changed her perspective in life* she opened a boxing gym* she has a great team at her studio; great health team as well* looking to expand her studio; open another one ...
Andrea and Lindsay return to the Shift Show and tell Zac about their experiences at The Cult Gathering at the end of February. The Gathering is billed an Exclusive Union of the World's Bravest Brands.Every single person who works in your company is a Brand ambassador. A company needs to clearly state it's core values and hire employees that not only hold these core values in belief but also embody them through action.
There are a lot of things which we see as being tied to a healthy sexual relationship. Some of these things are culturally ingrained or learned through our family or friend groups growing up. Some are tied to evolutionary or biological
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In this inaugural episode of The Shift Show, Zac and Andrea discuss how Shift Psychological discussed the underlying tenets on which the growing Psychology practice is based. The idea of going to a Psychologist to talk about their ‘feels’ can still feel strange to people. Going in for a massage and taking their clothes off and having someone rub you down for an hour, however is strangely normalized.
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A few examples of common limiting beliefs, their dysfunctional needs and how they play out. A very common combination is "I'm not good enough" which manifests the need; "I need to be perfect".
What that looks as far as perfectionism is being obsessed with little details that don't matter, missing the overall point of what you are doing. Having very high standards for yourself and projecting those onto other people. So if you get the feedback that nobody feels like they can do anything right by you, then you are probably projecting that onto them.
At Shift we use one of the core elements of EMDR which is called Bilateral Stimulation. That's basically when both sides of your brain can be stimulated, through clicking, nothing too weird!
It helps to take the memory that is associated with Limiting Belief and stored in the wrong part of your brain. It's stored in the emotionally active, fight or flight, amygdala part of your brain. Bilateral stimulation helps create new neural networks so that the memory can be moved to declarative memory(where it is supposed to be) where there is no longer any emotion attached to it. When you take away that emotion, the Limiting Belief loses its power and you no longer have to feel like you are not good enough.
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Our philosophy of psychological dysfunction is rooted in attachment and trauma theory. Later you will hear about such treatment techniques as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and EMDR however, when the secure bond between a parent and child is disrupted it creates insecure and anxious attachments.
These weakened attachments create opportunity for children to begin to have limiting beliefs about themselves and problematic behaviours and emotional dysregulation can occur. These limiting beliefs are irrational in nature, however, due to the egocentric nature of children the belief created is treated as if it is true. When there is damage to the attachment bond or when life events occur such as death, divorce, abandonment, poverty, etc. a child has then been exposed to trauma.
Disruptive events also create opportunity for limiting beliefs to form and to grow within the person to create maladaptive behaviours, thoughts and beliefs. These memories require processing in order to be stored in declarative memory where the emotionality around them is significantly reduced if not eliminated.