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The Dynamics Of Everyday Life

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The Dynamics Of Everyday Life

Welcome to The Dynamics of Everyday Life, where we're setting off on an incredible journey into the realm of psychodynamic theory with me, Julia Rogers. I'm here to take the seemingly complex concepts of psychology and break them down into digestible, relatable bits that can apply to our daily lives. Together, we'll uncover the mysteries of our inner selves, navigate the intricacies of human relationships, and discover the keys to personal happiness.

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Recent Episodes of The Dynamics Of Everyday Life


Why do we find it so hard to hold onto our power?

Why do we find it so hard to hold onto our power?

Power takes on many shapes and forms.  There is the power wielded over us by those who govern us and those who hold an authoritarian role in our lives, and there is our own personal power.  The power that is unique to us, and yet this is the one that we are often not in touch with or find it hard to hold on to.  

In this episode we are picking up our defence mechanism bingo cards again and bringing Dick Dastardly and Matthew Hussey in to illustrate a couple of points.  What’s not to enjoy?

Here...

Episode 16 11 June 2024 10m and 9s


I never can say goodbye

I never can say goodbye

There are many different reasons as to why we can’t leave a relationship, friendship or situation.  And so many times we beat ourselves up for not being strong enough.  Maybe we feel we lack confidence.  But what if it’s actually our minds trying to protect us?  What if it’s something that’s – ironically - trying to keep us safe?

In this week’s episode I consider what might be going on for us when this is happening, and how we can give ourselves some grace.  And what song will be going round your head by the end of it?  The...

Episode 15 4 June 2024 8m and 57s


Is it ok to say that?

Is it ok to say that?

How often do we say something and then worry that we have said the wrong thing?  Often we will then run this over and over in our minds, thinking about if we have upset other people or what we could have said instead.  We can tie ourselves up in knots about a particular conversation or event, frequently catastrophising about what people now think about us or if we have damaged our friendship.

In this episode I explore why this universal tendency occurs, how we can become more aware of it and what we can do to help ours...

Episode 14 28 May 2024 9m and 58s


Our relationship with sleep

Our relationship with sleep

I’m excited to welcome my next guest to the show today; Dr Jill McGarry.  Jill is a Clinical Psychologist with 28 years of NHS experience in psychological support for people with mental health issues.  She has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience at improving sleep for several client groups, including setting up a reasonable adjustment sleep apnoea clinic for Greater Manchester. Currently Jill runs a private practice for improving sleep whilst working part time in the psychology department at Manchester’s NHS Sleep Service. Over the past two years Jill has carried out numerous sleep awareness courses for well...

Episode 13 21 May 2024 53m and 21s


No is a complete sentence

No is a complete sentence

No is a small word, so we often think we need to add extra words after it, to make a complete sentence.  But this just isn’t true.  “No” is a sentence in itself.  We often tie ourselves up in knots trying to explain our no, which defeats the point, as the clarity becomes diluted.  In this episode I’m exploring why we often feel the need to justify our “no” and what we can do to stick to our decisions.  There’s also a bit of a Bond theme running through this episode too – can you spot all of the references?

H...

Episode 12 14 May 2024 9m and 50s


Why am I putting on armour, if I'm not going into battle?

Why am I putting on armour, if I'm not going into battle?

We all know the days when we take a deep breath and metaphorically put on our armour.  It’s not fun.  But why are we doing this?  What’s happening when we feel like we need to defend ourselves against people, situations or the world in general?  In this episode I’m exploring why we might be reaching for our shields and what steps we can take to learn how to look after ourselves better, so we aren’t dragging that armour around with us!

Here are the highlights for this episode:

(1.06) Freud or Jung?

(1.32) Freu...

Episode 11 7 May 2024 10m and 4s


Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding Chronic Pain

Pain is something that all of us will go through at some point in our lives, and for some of us it will be chronic.  However, this isn’t talked about very much and most people will rely on painkillers and what their healthcare provider tells them to do.  This might work – and it might not, and can leave us feeling bewildered and alone in what steps to take next. 

In today’s episode I welcome chronic pain expert, Narinder Sheena, to share her experience of living with and working through chronic pain.  There’s lots to learn from Nari...

Episode 10 30 April 2024 33m and 10s


Don't go to the DIY store for milk

Don't go to the DIY store for milk

Don’t go to the DIY store for milk.  Seems simple doesn’t it?  If only it was as easy as it sounds.  In this episode I’m exploring why we will often look to get our needs met in places and people that aren’t right for us, and the corresponding upset that this can cause.  Fortunately we don’t have to be destined to stay on this roundabout forever.  Have a listen and find out what’s happening when we are looking in the wrong place, and equally, what we can do about it.

Here are the highlights for...

Episode 9 23 April 2024 9m and 41s


Oops, I did it again

Oops, I did it again

Why do we do things over and over again, even though we tell ourselves that we are going to do things differently?  Why is it so hard to make changes that we know we want to make?  In this episode I dive into another of Freud’s concepts; the compulsion to repeat.  By looking at the theory and applying it to what we are doing in our own lives we can start to get a bit more of that elusive control back.  And there’s a nod to Cabaret and Depeche Mode too – what’s not to like?

Here are the h...

Episode 8 16 April 2024 10m and 18s


Why do I still feel like I'm being picked last for PE?

Why do I still feel like I'm being picked last for PE?

Today I’m thinking about a moment that many of us will have experienced and would most likely rather forget – that of being the last one to be picked for a team in our PE classes.  It seems to be something that hasn’t been left behind, despite our best efforts.  I’m interested in what the reasons for this might be.  Why do we still worry about if we are going to be chosen by other people?

Here are the highlights for this episode:

(1.00) If our school days aren’t the best days of our lives it’s n...

Episode 7 9 April 2024 10m and 59s

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