Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Dr Ray Owen - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 30

P-Soupers – this week – it’s part one of my chat with clinical psychologist and fabulous human, Dr Ray Owen. 


We cover loads in our conversation

  • you’ll hear a bit about Ray’s career – a story which he holds lightly,
  • His books - Facing the Storm and Living with the Enemy,
  • His work in long term health conditions and palliative care – and how he discovered ACT and contextual behavioural science,
  • And he choses his song – which is a not only a belter – it also has an important message for us all.


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Show Notes

Read more and order Ray's book Facing the Storm

Read more and order Ray's book Living with the Enemy

Both books are available via all good bookstores.

Ray's website is here and you can follow him on twitter here.

That quote from the Poem The Traveller - by Antonio Machado

"Traveller, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.

Traveller, the path is your tracks
And nothing more."

                          Antonio Machado

Ray also mentioned the book by Kathryn Mannix, it's called "With the end in mind - how to live and die well." The quote from that book is:

“There are only two days with fewer than twenty-four hours in each lifetime, sitting like bookmarks astride our lives; one is celebrated every year, yet it is the other that makes us see living as precious.”

Here's a link to Ian Dury and the Blockheads performing Reasons to be Cheerful - Part 3

And you can find out more about Ian Dury's work and life here

I also mentioned the SMART training - featured in our previous episode - you can find out about that here.

Here's a link to more information about the programme I've developed with a recent guest, Dr Annie Gascoyne. It's called Flexibility at Work and there are four modules, designed to build flexibility in yourself, others, teams and leaders! To kick it all of theres a free webinar on Thursday 9 July. All the details are here!


Sunday, 21 June 2020

Update on ABC with our Big G

On Saturday I received a letter from Dad. He's been reflecting on his ABCs regularly since he appeared on People Soup. You can listen to us reflecting on basic psychological needs theory here.

Here's his update - not sure why the red pen! I've also typed it out below.

My ABC with Big G - Update

June 2020

& Competence

  • Many things have happened since I was so skillfully interviewed by Ross.
  • I am in lockdown so I desperately miss contact via:-
    • Swimming,
    • Volunteering at the Hospice,
    • and Clara Vale Village Hall,
    • Shopping Visits,
    • Days Out,
    • Cleaner & Hairdresser visits.
Joan Bakewell's suggestions re: scheduling certainly helped me at the very start. Whilst I do not have a written schedule, I do adhere to certain things on a regular basis.
    • I do combined exercises every day.
    • I walk to Ann's tree and beyond every day.
    • However, I haven't got seriously back into reading.
    • I do have however the best fed birds in christendom.
I have embarked on another DNA test sponsored by a lady relative in Canada and I am in regular contact with 'relatives' in Dorset and Holland.

RE: Future Learn, a slight hickup in my joining but I will rejoin one day.

The major event that has been such a help is that I have come up with a project.

The project is to extensively tidy/reorganise the garage & convert it into an easy access workshop/craft area.

This project has involved a lot of hard work removing decades old shelves and boxes from the garage walls. 

And buying attractive shelving units to form a workspace.

The workspace and bench has been formed and fitted with lighting and power for radios etc.

I plan an easy door to the garage, side hung and into thirds. This is on order and due in July when hopefully the project will conclude.

However, I have accumulated miscellaneous items over the years to sort, store and reject.

The project has and is giving me a purpose. It has made me think it through, adapt, plan, adjust and end up with a workspace which I love. I look forward to going there everyday and even eat my meals etc in the area.

I look forward to the doors arriving in July.

Most of the wood I have used was already available so costs are restricted to the three shelving units and the door on order.

Months of putting away all the collected 'debris' I've unearthed will follow!

Neighbours are kind & shop for me and bring me cakes etc.

On my walks or when working on my project I long to see people to say hello to.

I look forward each day to video calls with Ross PM and Alison AM.


Friday, 12 June 2020

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 29


It’s part 2 of my conversation with Dr Shane McLoughlin.

In this episode we really delve into Shane’s research on the impact of SMART Training – first of all – what is it? And secondly, the impact of SMART training on general congnitive ability in school kids. Listen on to hear us speculate on the potential impact of SMART for the working population as organisations become increasingly more complex and jobs become more cognitively demanding.


And we’ll finish with Shane’s song selection and a cracking takeaway.


This conversation was such a pleasure – Shane is open, honest, thought provoking and humble as well as being great fun.



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Show Notes

You can find more about Shane at his website.

Follow Shane on Twitter

Here's the link to the conference I mentioned at the beginning - it's the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science - UK and Republic of Ireland

And here's Shane's song choice for your listening please - it's Card Carryin' Fool by Randy Travis


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 28

It was great to welcome Shane to People Soup. Blimey what an interesting fella.

He's currently a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University after completing his PhD at the University of Chichester.

Shane's interested in exploring the potential in merging the fields of behavioural analysis and differential psychology. He really set me thinking about a whole host of organisational issues and my stance in the workplace.

Other topics we discussed include Shane’s experience of imposter syndrome, his preparedness to be wrong  - spoiler alert – Shane says he’s been wrong about things many times. We also chatter about his willingness to share ideas with psychological communities outside of his own immediate discipline and his view of the primary function of a good scientist.

He also talks a little about his research on the impact of SMART training – which we’ll delve into more in part 2.

We finish with a tale of his sporting prowess which may or may not give us clues to his stance as a researcher.

This conversation was such a pleasure – Shane is open, honest, thought provoking and humble as well as being great fun.


Show Notes

You can find more about Shane at his website.

Follow Shane on Twitter

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