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PLEASURE

Even as a devout psych enthusiast, I admit that when I hear the word pleasure, my mind instantly goes to Janet Jackson 1986. That pleasure principle video. Hot damn. If you know you know. Thanks Janet for making knee pads cool. It’s been helpful to this middle aged mom learning to skateboard. But in all seriousness, let’s stay here for a second. Much like how the Pleasure Principle video influenced and shaped every single thing that came after it, so too does the pleasure principle in the psychological sense. Pleasure is a base of operation whether in song, or pertaining to the human condition.  First discussed by Freud, the pleasure principle refers to our primitive drive for survival. Pleasure is...

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ANGER

We have spoken about ANGER a few times on JOY IS NOW and I can see that it is going to be a recurring emotion for discussion. It’s so pivotal and important and something that we don’t talk about often, especially as women. Or maybe we do talk about it with each other, but those conversations are never placed front and center. So let’s put them there starting now. Our last ANGER discussion focused on rage with guest Sharon Zimmerman, and I invite everyone to give a listen to that episode. She and I discuss a lot of neurology and the pathway that anger sparks and the flight or fight circuit it creates physiologically. Dr. Ryan Martin came up and...

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PYSCHOLOGICAL RICHNESS

As I was preparing research for this episode, I was half listening to Happier than Ever, the new album from Billie Eilish. I couldn’t help but think that the album is a pretty good introduction to the concept of psychological richness. Is Billie happier than ever? I’ll take her word for it, but the songs in and of themselves paint the picture of a life that goes beyond happiness. A multitude of experiences concluding in what one might weigh as having positive and negative results. One that lives by curiosity, seeks adventure, new experiences, and values the idea of psychological richness.  Until recently, the field of psychology focused on two dimensions of general well being. Hedonic (pleasure, enjoyment and mostly...

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LONGING

When I think of longing, the first thing that comes to mind is not psychological theory. As you might imagine for someone with a deep interest and study of psychoanalysis, to not make a dash for Freud, desire, delayed gratification, object relations, melancholy, guilt, and patience when longing is mentioned is a bit odd. Longing is such a big part of early development. Attachment, separation, independence, love, relationships. Longing is present. We are born longing. A longing to return to the womb the minute we leave. To have all of our needs met automatically. To ask for nothing. Receive everything. This is a longing.  Yet, When I think of longing, the feeling of longing, I am reminded of Gabriel Garcia...

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MOM GUILT

One of my favorite things is when guests bring a topic that has already been discussed. And GUILT deserves about a million conversations. It’s big. Really big. On Joy is Now episode 15, guest Giselle Gyalzen and I go deep on guilt covering a Freudian perspective and taking a closer look at the neuropsychology of Guilt. Turns out guilt has a distinct neural pathway. It’s pretty cool stuff. Today in our conversation, Alana and I are going to take a closer look at what is known as mom guilt. Yeah it’s a thing, just like every other thing women do becomes a thing. Are you exhausted yet? Buckle up. First I want to say that psychological research is behind, like...

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