Sunday, 29 March 2020

Check-in with Dr Dayna Lee-Baggley

Season 3 Episode 24

Hey P-Soupers - I almost called this episode 'Help, my caveman brain's on fire' but I thought that might be a bit niche.

This is a check in with our previous guest, behaviour change expert, Registered Clinical Psychologist and author, Dr Dayna Lee-Baggley.

We check-in on a whole range of topics to support ourselves and each other in these challenging times.

Topics include:
  • how our brains are processing the information that we're being bombarded with and why our caveman mind is on fire;
  • how our frontal lobe battery might also be getting drained;
  • how we can think about the response to coronavirus as a war, where we're all working together towards the same goal;
  • reminding ourselves of our own values in physical isolation - we're supporting the most vulnerable in society and those caring for them;
  • how we can encourage emotional connection during physical isolation;
  • how we can create routine and purpose;
  • how we can take this time to re-evaluate what's important.
In 10 year's time will we look back and be proud of what we did during Covid19? We can certainly be proud of our physical distancing.


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Here's a link to my longer interview with Dayna at the beginning of this year.

Dayna has a comprehensive website that covers all her work and publications.
You can follow her on twitter , facebook and instagram here.

You can buy Dayna's book in all good bookshops - here's the amazon link. It's called - Healthy Habits Suck - How to get off the couch and live a healthy life - even if you don't want to. It's also available as an audio book on audible.

Dayna on the radio - Dayna will be on this radio show weekly at 7:15 am (atlantic time) on Thursday mornings.

Dayna's gym is also doing live, online exercise classes and you can join for a donation that will be used to help support local business: . She will be doing a weekly online, live mindfulness session as part of this program. 

Music for Social Distancing: Lullabies on Tuesday Night with Jaimee: 

You can find this by following Dayna on facebook ( or via this youtube link 


Sunday, 22 March 2020

ABC with our Big G

Season 3 Episode 23

Hey P-Soupers! I wanted to present a simple and useful resource for these extraordinary times and I also bring a very special guest - my 84 year old Dad, Big G. We have a chat about Basic Psychological Needs Theory which states that people strive to satisfy three innate needs, namely autonomy, belonging and competence (in every area of life).
  • Autonomy is about the need to feel that our pursuits are self governed and self endorsed. Or in other words, to feel we have control over what we do.
  • Belonging - is about being connected socially and feeling integrated into a social group.
  • Competence- is about the need to be effective in our efforts; so we feel like we're developing skills and gaining knowledge.
Some researchers called Deci and Ryan assert that needs for competence, relatedness, and autonomy are universal – they are essential, regardless of culture and life domain (Deci and Ryan, 1985b, 2000; Ryan and Deci, 2002).

Have a listen to hear how my Dad has been approaching his physical isolation and considering the ABC of Autonomy, Belonging and Competence. He's a role model for us all.

I also consider the values for the podcast moving forward. We're going to be focusing on Compassion, Connection and Collaboration - consider our next episodes to be The 3Cs Chronicles.

If you'd like to get involved - please get in touch on social media or via email -


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Tips from P-Soupers

Below are some tips from P-Soupers about how they're approaching their ABCs.

A for Autonomy

Setting a shared household schedule to set aside time for work and home schooling.
Setting a structure for a time to start and finish work.
Deciding which news programme to watch or listen to and not having a constant news feed.
Rationing social media - as noticing a tendency to endlessly scroll.
Having some background music.

B for Belonging

Having a virtual tea break - to not talk about work.
Having a virtual Friday drink - to not talk about work.
Sharing easy recipes.
Checking in on colleagues more often.

C is for Competence

Started training on the couch to 5km programme (keeping the distance).
Doing a complicated jigsaw.
Reading five pages of a book every day.
Dusting off the home exercise bike - starting with a mile a day.

Here's one article where Dame Joan Bakewell reflects on her self-isolation.

If you know of any article that helps family tree enthusiasts interpret DNA results please send them my way and I'll pass them on to Dad.

You can find out more about the Centre for Life in Newcastle here.

Dad also loves programmes by Professor Alice Roberts (@thealiceroberts on twitter) and Neil Oliver (@thecoastguy on twitter).

Deci, E. L., and Ryan, R. M. (1985). The general causality orientations scale: self-determination in personality. J. Res. Pers. 19, 109–134. doi: 10.1016/0092-6566(85)90023-6

Deci, E. L., and Ryan, R. M. (2000). The “what” and “why” of goal pursuits: human needs and the self-determination of behavior. Psychol. Inq. 11, 227–268. doi: 10.1207/S15327965PLI1104_01

Hagger, M. S., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., and Harris, J. (2006). From psychological need satisfaction to intentional behavior: testing a motivational sequence in two behavioral contexts. PSPB 32, 131–148. doi: 10.1177/0146167205279905

Krause Amanda E., North Adrian C., Davidson Jane W. (2019) Using Self-Determination Theory to Examine Musical Participation and Well-Being Frontiers in Psychology 10, 405

Ryan, R. M., and Deci, E. L. (2002). “An overview of Self-determination Theory: An organismic-dialectical perspective,” in Handbook of Self-Determination Research, eds E. L. Deci and R. M. Ryan (Rochester, NY: The University of Rochester Press).


Sunday, 15 March 2020

Dr Ian Tyndall - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 22

It's Part 2 of my conversation with Dr Ian Tyndall. He's a cognitive-behavioural psychologist at the University of Chichester and is the head honcho of the Functional Behavioural Science Laboratory. In part two we delve into Ian’s research – we cover ostracism, SMART brain training for kids and adults which is fabulous work with enormous potential. It was also the subject of research by Dr Shane Mccloughlin who I'm hoping will be a future guest.

There is such a breadth of content here as Ian goes on to reflect on measures in contextual behavioural science, some research exploring the experience of homeless people in Milan and their current work looking at the rise in sexually transmitted infection in the over 45s. Ian and his collaborators truly impact on society. He even makes reference to two films – There’s something about Mary and The Mask. And to top it all – there’s a cracking takeaway.




You can follow Ian on twitter here. 
You can find out more about the University of Chichester, Psychology Department here and follow them on twitter here.

The Link to the work of Dr Brian Roche and Dr Sarah Cassidy is at

You can find out more about ostracism and the work of Dr Daniel Waldeck here.

You can find out more about Dr Shane McLoughlin here


Sunday, 8 March 2020

Dr Ian Tyndall - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 21

On Friday I had the great opportunity to visit the University of Chichester and speak to some of their Masters Students about ACT in the workplace and coaching. I was invited by Ian Tyndall, who is a cognitive behavioural psychologist and senior lecturer there, as well as running the Functional Behavioural Science Laboratory. 

Of course I was keen to grab Ian as a guest and the conversation was fabulous. He's such a warm and generous man and can tell a story like no other. Listen on to hear more about:
  • why he would have never predicted a career which involved speaking in public, something that he now loves,
  • his exploration of how language impacts anxiety and our response to stressful events,
  • a pivotal moment about his interview at the University of Chichester, 
  • and a moment when he experienced a difficult performance review.
We conclude Part 1 with Ian reflecting on the importance of being kind and compassionate in our collaborations with each other - and with ourselves.

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

Flaxintosh Poetry Corner

Season 3 Episode 20

 It's another 'on the road' recording. Wonder no more what Flaxintosh do on the road! I’d come across a poem that I wanted to share with Paul – we often use poetry in our training – this one was a magnificent metaphor-laden masterpiece by David Whyte – in turn – later in the evening, Paul shared his favourite poem over dinner. That’s what real men do when they gather – forget the hunter gatherer – we read poetry to each other. #realmensharepoemsinpubs

Both poems fit so nicely with the theme that is fundamental to our training – the skill of noticing.

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

  -- David Whyte
  from Everything is Waiting for You
  ©2003 Many Rivers Press


This morning as I walked along the lakeshore,
I fell in love with a wren
and later in the day with a mouse
the cat had dropped under the dining room table.

In the shadows of an autumn evening,
I fell for a seamstress
still at her machine in the tailor’s window,
and later for a bowl of broth,
steam rising like smoke from a naval battle.

This is the best kind of love, I thought,
without recompense, without gifts,
or unkind words, without suspicion,
or silence on the telephone.

The love of the chestnut,
the jazz cap and one hand on the wheel.

No lust, no slam of the door –
the love of the miniature orange tree,
the clean white shirt, the hot evening shower,
the highway that cuts across Florida.

No waiting, no huffiness, or rancor –
just a twinge every now and then

for the wren who had built her nest
on a low branch overhanging the water
and for the dead mouse,
still dressed in its light brown suit.

But my heart is always propped up
in a field on its tripod,
ready for the next arrow.

After I carried the mouse by the tail
to a pile of leaves in the woods,
I found myself standing at the bathroom sink
gazing down affectionately at the soap,

so patient and soluble,
so at home in its pale green soap dish.
I could feel myself falling again
as I felt its turning in my wet hands
and caught the scent of lavender and stone.
Billy Collins


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We had some fabulous reviews for our previous episode - Blankety Blank.

One was from Ann from Unity Physiotherapy and Wellbeing

Another from Melanie Walker

And a colourful coincidence from Suzanne Tarrant

Thanks so much to Ann, Melanie and Suzanne and all our wonderful listeners. Your support means so much.

And here's the brilliant art I mentioned from @ACTAuntie - friend of the show and recent guest, my pal, Louise Gardner.

And here's some more information on the restaurant - Stuzzi Harrogate.

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