The Broken Brain
Ecosexuality with Jennifer Reed

Ecosexuality? What's that? 

Ecosexuality is the study of sexuality and ecology, of course. A fascinating type of synergy, pioonered by researchers, activists, and artists, Ecosexuality is an approach to inclusion, environmentalism, and a different way to appreciate the world. Pioneers in this field include Stefanie Weiss, author of Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets, and Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, who you can find at http://sexecology.org.

My guest today is Jennifer Reed, PhD candidate for Sociology at UNLV. She has been studying this fascinating field and is currently writing her dissertaion on this subject. She was kind enough to join me and explain what Ecosexuality is and how it impacts Sociology, Culture, and the way we interact with the Earth. Follow her on Twitter @sociojen. 

Direct download: Ecosexuality_Jen_Reed.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:00am MDT

Psychological Use of Gratitude

Gratitude is good for you! What better time to talk about this again than the USA Thanksgiving, which happens this week. And what better CoHost for this topic than the honey-drippingly sweet Guru of Gratitude himself, David Hart from the Pop Culture Case Study Podcast?

We discuss the use of purposeful gratitude, going deeper than meme culture positivity, the application of Acceptance, and much more! Sit around our virtual Thanksgiving table and pass the virtual potatoes, won't you?  

Direct download: Psychological_Use_of_Gratitude.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:26pm MDT

Polyvagal Trauma Theory, pioneered by Stephen Porges, is a powerful approach to trauma recovery that takes into account ways that the body stores traumatic emotional experiences. 

Brittany Varney, Stacy McKenzie, and Kristal James join us today to conduct a training on this theory and how it applies to trauma recovery. 

This episode is a CEU training for the Aspire Group Therapy Practice in Northern Utah. 

Direct download: Polyvagal_Trauma_Training.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 6:19pm MDT

Election Day & Relationships with Kelsey Nimbly

YouTube Phenom Kelsey Nimbly rejoins the show to help me discuss some of the psychology behind why we done be hatin' on each other all election long. We also discuss Tribalism, One-Shot Learning, and Confirmation Bias, and how to repair election-traumatized relationships. 

Happy Election Day America! Whoever wins, let's try to play nice!

Direct download: Election_Day_and_Relationshiops.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:46pm MDT

Drug Overdose with Jamelia Hand

Jamelia Hand returns to the Broken Brain to discuss the dynamic of drug overdose and how this plays a role in recovery, especially for Opiate and Heroin addiction. We discuss things like Harm Reduction, Treatment beyond quitting, dangers of overdose, and the use of the label of "addict," amongst other things.  

 

Direct download: DrugOverDose_Jamelia_Hand.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 11:43am MDT

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