TC 298: Healthy Narcissism?

TC 298: Healthy Narcissism?

Are you dealing with a narcissist at home or at work? Is there such a thing as “healthy narcissism?” Amy often conducts workshops on dealing with difficult people at work. She is currently reading Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed by Wendy Terrie Behary, LCSW. In this episode Robin, Amy, and Gloria discuss traditional narcissism (an undesirable psychological condition) and “healthy narcissism”. A Narcissist’s World View This book contains a checklist to find out if you are dealing with a narcissist. Some examples of the thirteen narcissistic traits listed by Behary include: Self-absorbed (acts like everything is about him or her)? Entitled (makes the rules and breaks the rules) Demeaning (puts...

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TC 295: How to Pose for Presence and Self-Nudging

TC 295: How to Pose for Presence and Self-Nudging

We are concluding our review of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this episode of the Transformation Cafe Book Club, we’ll be highlighting chapters 9 – 11 of Presence. This section summarizes some of the main points of this great book and shows us how we can apply what we’ve learned. You don’t have to try and turn yourself into a super-hero overnight. Anyone that’s made a New Year’s resolution to achieve some huge goal like “lose 100 pounds” knows that by February you’re back to your old habits. Research tells us the key is to nudge ourselves; take baby steps...

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TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

TC 294: Posture, Technology, Starfish!

In the Cafe Book Club we’re reviewing Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, PhD, Social Psychologist and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this week’s podcast host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss posture, the benefits of Yoga and dance positions, and what research tells us about high- and low-power poses. Let your body tell you you’re powerful and deserving, and you become more present, enthusiastic, and authentically yourself. -Amy Cuddy iHunch  – ruins your posture and can affect your mood Amy Cuddy discusses the effects of constantly hunching over a mobile device in this article. Research shows it can not only ruin your posture, but can have a...

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TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

TC 293: Healing PTS through Yoga and Breath Work

This episode continues our discussion of treating veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many veterans do not want to be treated with drugs or go to therapy, but until now there have been few alternatives to get the help they need. Presence and PTS We’ve been studying Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy in our Cafe Book Club. In chapter 7 Amy discusses how Yoga has been very beneficial in the treatment of PTS, when drugs and traditional cognitive therapy were not enough. She discusses Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. author of The Body Keeps the Score, and his work with healing trauma. According to Van Der Kolk “the goal of treatment of PTSD is to help people live in the present, without feeling or...

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TC 292: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 7: Pose for Presence

TC 292: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 7: Pose for Presence

In this week’s Cafe Book Club podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and her guests discuss chapter 7 of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy. In this section we talk about how research has demonstrated that your emotional state follows the actions of the body. If you smile, you’ll feel happier. If you furrow your brow and grit your teeth, you’ll start to feel angry. And, as we’ve already seen, if you assume a power pose you’ll feel more confident. “I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing.” William James, the “father of American psychology” Can you imagine trying to sing the words to a sad song while smiling and doing jazz hands? I’ll...

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TC 291: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 6: The Language of the Body

TC 291: Cafe Book Club – Presence part 6: The Language of the Body

In this week’s Cafe Book Club podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and her guest Amy Frost discuss chapter 5 of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy, titled “Slouching, Steepling, and the Language of the Body”. More than 30 million people have watched Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, “How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.” It is ranked second among the most-viewed TED talks. Amy recently discussed her research and her book on CBS Sunday Morning. Power posing has entered the pop culture as fans of Dilbert may have noticed.   THE FIERCEST DISPLAY OF power at a New Zealand rugby match occurs before actual play begins Amy Cuddy refers to the New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks, who have performed a ceremonial dance...

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