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Amygdala Magazine
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The amygdala has always been the little piece of your brain responsible for fear, love, and survival. Now, Amygdala is also a cross-genre short story collection and all around repository for all things storytelling. Tell us a story that hits us, right deep in our...amygdala.
 
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MonkeyTraps
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Steve Hauptman reads excerpts from his book "Monkeytraps," and talks about Control Addiction. Steve's experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and addiction expert led him to observe, study, and treat addiction to control, our tendency to try to take over everything and everyone around us. Check out more of the book at: http://monkeytraps.com/
 
It's all coming to a close! Downton Abbey's final season (or "series" if you live across the pond) began airing in the USA this week. I felt the need to deal with it emotionally by launching a limited run, episodic podcast looking at each episode. Join me won't you?
 
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The Broken Brain
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A Psychology & Psychotherapy podcast. Get a therapist's perspective on a variety of topics, some silly and some self-helpy. the Broken Brain is an organized panel discussion, an hour (ish) of therapeutic POV for you.
 
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Brandon Nobles is a Southern Gothic Author, a Teacher, a Linguist, and a Historian. He is the second place winner in the 2015 Amygdala Magazine short story competition with his story "The Obituary Writer." Brandon talks about writing from the point of view of the bystander to history, the outsider, and the pacifist in the middle of violence. He ...…
 
Rachel Brasch, author and english professor, joins me to discuss her newest novel The Listener. The Listener is a powerful tale of psychology, emotion, LGBT issues, and identity. It is Rachel's third novel. We discuss the use of a switching third person narrative, the inclusion of raw emotion, and the breaking of expectations in telling a story ...…
 
Jen Chaney is the TV Journalist for the Entertainment website Vulture, and the Author of the book As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew I first became familiar with Jen's work on Vulture, by reading her hilarious and insightful episode-by-episode recap of Downton Abbey (which you should really chec ...…
 
Darryl Mansel is a comic genius. He is so genius that he decided to start makign his own independent comic book: Pineville (check out https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pineville#/ to contribute to his fundraiser). Darryl is a veteran, a podcaster, a writer, and a family man. He tells me all about how he got invovled in making comics, and how h ...…
 
Chapter 9 of Monkeytraps, read by the author Steve Hauptman. We all need to contorl come things, which makes it all the easier to believe that we need to control EVERYTHING! Where do we cross the line from functional to dysfunctional, and become addicted to control? Check out www.monkeytraps.com for more detail or to purchase Monkeytraps today!…
 
Chapter 8 of Monkeytraps, read by the author Steve Hauptman. This chapter discusses Conscious and Unconscious types of controlling behavior. Sometimes we know exactly what we are doing, and do it anyway. Other times we are unaware that our actions are motivated by our desire for control. Check out www.monkeytraps.com for more detail or to purch ...…
 
Andrew Malin Milward is the author of "I Was A Revolutionary," and "The Agricultural Hall of Fame," both collections of his short stories. He joins me today to discuss writing fiction infused with history, explaining why he shies away from 'historical fiction,' writing difficult topics, and how to create independent voices for characters. An av ...…
 
Chapter 7 of Monkeytraps, read by the author Steve Hauptman. This chapter discusses overt and covert forms of control. What obvious and sneaky ways do we try to control ourselves, others, and the world around us? Check out www.monkeytraps.com for more detail or to purchase Monkeytraps today!
 
Chapter 6 of Monkeytraps, read by the author Steve Hauptman. This chapter discusses internal and external forms of control, a new way to look at how controlling we all are. Check out www.monkeytraps.com for more detail or to purchase Monkeytraps today!
 
Isaac Coleman is a writer, software engineering student, and video game designer. He tells us the thought process behind "Tonight's Supernova," his winning entry into the 2015 Amygdala Short Story Competition. 2016's contest is now open for entries, BTW......... Check out Isaac's video game, THE LAST SPACE MARINE, at: http://gamejolt.com/games/ ...…
 
Chapter 4 of Monkeytraps by Steve Hauptman, as read by the author. Learn how to fight control addiction. www.monkeytraps.com
 
Jennifer Beckstrand loves Romance! She is a long time writer of romantic fiction, and a specialist in writing fiction set within the Amish community. She discusses how she got started with specific genre work, writing in the voice of a new community, and society's need for light hearted fiction. She also describes how light-hearted is not the s ...…
 
Chapter 4 of Monkeytraps by Steve Hauptman, as read by the author. Learn how to fight control addiction. www.monkeytraps.com
 
Chapter 3 of Monkeytraps by Steve Hauptman, as read by the author.
 
Jake Needham is the author of two major crime series set in Singapore and Asia: the Inspector Samuel Tay novels and the Jack Shepherd series. An international attorney turned crime novelist, Jake was kind enough to talk with me about his storylines, his approach to writing, and the use of "elaborate hanging out," to construct realistic and mean ...…
 
Chapter 2 of Monkeytraps by Steve Hauptman, as read by the author. Learn more at www.monkeytraps.com
 
Chapter one on an introduction to the definition of control and control addiction, an excerpt from the book MonkeyTraps by Steve Hauptman. www.monkeytraps.com
 
Craig Pomranz has been an entertainer since he was 12. He recently wrote the children's book "Made by Raffi," in which he tells the story of his Godson's experience learning to knit. The reactions, support, and questions brought up by this young boy's new hobby lead to an important and charming story about gender roles, personal identity, self- ...…
 
In which we discuss Robert's guts, Edith's ...um metaphorical guts, and Mary's growing....guts about whether or not to go after the very gutsy Matthew Goode('s character). This is PART 2 of episode 5, stay tuned for the exciting PART 1!!!!! This episode has guest Jen Chaney, part 1 features Hadas.
 
In which we discuss Robert's guts, Edith's ...um metaphorical guts, and Mary's growing....guts about whther or not to go after the very gutsy Matthew Goode('s character). This is PART 1 of episode 5, stay tuned for the exciting PART 2!!!!! This episode has guest Hadas, part 2 features Jen Chaney.
 
In which we, or rather I, discuss episode 4, Anna's babymaker repairs, Dowager dick jokes, returning Matthew "Gooder than Crawley," Goode, Daisy's seething loyalty to Mr. Mason, and I voice my harsh feelings about stupid stupid Mr. Mosley. ALSO, I offer up my psychotherapist services by offering a diagnosis of Thomas Barrow, my favorite charact ...…
 
In which we discuss the Downton servant nuptials, feeling bad for Thomas (gasp), Edith's kick-assery with a dude in tow, and other factors of life in a universe in which we are quickly nearing a time where there truly Ain't No Downton!!!!! With special guest Hadas Ben-Tsur of Common Room Podcast.
 
In which we discuss the dynamics of baby making problems, more trouble for Bates & Anna, Thomas' job troubles, and the impending snatching of a certain Marigold. Jen Chaney rides to the rescue of my insights again.
 
In which we discuss season premire of the final season (shudder sob shudder, meh, well-ok). Jen Chaney, well known writer and journalist, and loving snarker of Downton for seasons and seasons now joins the conversation.
 
Lee Messersmith and I discuss the dynamics of restraint in clinical settings, a weird element of intensive psychiatric care. Rerun from a few years ago.
 
Rerun of my episode about the African social service organization "Confident Children Out of Conflict," an important organization helping children. I interview Caitlin Cockroft, their publicity and social media director. Go to their website and make a donation today!
 
A Rerun of one of our most popular training episodes: Another wonderful training at Aspire for Continuing Education Units (CEU) to help all of us counselors keep our licenses. This one is by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Janet Mitchell. Janet is an expert in the area of Self Care, which is defined as the ability to increase, improve, and main ...…
 
A Broken Brain Classic Rerun! Our Good Buddy Candice Christiansen (owner and Clinical Director of Namaste Center for Healing) joins us to talk trauma, addiction, recovery, and healing. We discuss EDMR, Cognitive Therapy, Exposure, and BOTH of our dogs.
 
Psychological studies show that infants have a much deeper and more rich mental life than we have previously believed. As a new father (for the third time) I want to know what my infant daughter is up to, and this interview with Dr. Annette Henderson, a Developmental and Research Psychologist who studies infants at Auckland University, and taug ...…
 
Illustrator Steve McDonald is the creator of the coloring books Fantastic Cities and Fantastic Structures. These books are designed particularly for adults, as an exercise in mindfulness and anxiety reduction. Complex coloring is a therapeutic tool that many therapists and individuals are using to increase relaxation and present focused thinkin ...…
 
My interview from a couple years back with Dr. Ron Llewellyn, psychologist and trauma recovery expert. A good friend, college professor, expert clinician and author. Enjoy Ron's interview and then click over to see him speak on Trauma Recovery on this YOUTUBE VIDEO.
 
Clay Cockrell is the founder of walkandtalk.com, and a psychotherapist in practice in New York City. Clay often takes his clients walking in Central Park during their sessions, combining the relaxing mindful pace of a walk in the park with the healing process of therapy.
 
My interview with Dr. Rebecca Dempster, psychologist and trauma expert. Through her services at Resilio (click HERE to view her site) she specializes in working with agencies serving third world and developing nations.
 
Rerun of my interview with Chris about the scandal Luminosity got itself into a couple years back by making outlandish claims about brain health. Be sure to tune in for new Broken Brain episodes next month!
 
A rerun of my interview with Actress and (credited extra in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) Ana Maria Leonte. Stay tuned for brand new episodes of The Broken Brain Podcast next month!
 
A rerun of my interview with Buck Black, the therapist who specializes in therapy for Truckers. New Episodes of the Broken Brain are coming soon, along with some special projects. Thanks for listening to these classic episode this month.
 
ALERT: This EPISODE had an AUDIO GLITCH, which should now be REPAIRED! SORRY if oyu tried to hear it ealrier and it did not work. Non Wels, friend of the show, confirmed joymonger, and cohost of The Joy Sandwich Podcast, joins me to tell a story. Non is a storyteller by nature, as an accomplished writer and content creator, but this time he is ...…
 
Dr. Daniel Jolley joins me to discuss his groundbreaking research in the area of Conspiracy Theories. Dr. Jolley is a Psychologist, faculty at Staffordshire University, who studies the psychological dynamic of being drawn to theories of conspiracy. Daniel talks about the reason why some of us are more likely to have conspiratorial suspicions, t ...…
 
Nick Hobson is a Psychologist who studies Ritual. This is an often misunderstood and difficult to measure psychological trait in human beings to benefit or suffer according to our day to day repetitive behavior. Do these things comfort us or harm us, and why do we do them? Nick's research indicates a definite trend to ritualize our actions, and ...…
 
Karly Beaumont, head of the Core Temp Arts Network of podcasts, podcaster, and pop culture expert, joins me to discuss the dynamics of relationship repair that are presented in the quirky and highly metaphorical movie "The One I Love." This film depicts a live action visualization of the different parts of our personalities in the process of re ...…
 
Karson Kinikini krushes konfidentiality in khild therapy...that should be crushes confidentiality in child therapy. Karson is a long time friend and first rate therapist. This recording is him teaching a group of us therapist-types about the importance, complications, ethics, and dynamic of confidentiality between child and their therapist. Thi ...…
 
Andrew, from AB Film Review and the Last New Wave Podcasts, joins me to talk about the social and psychological implications of the introduction of a new gaming system. This is NOT a review of the Nintendo Switch, it IS Andrew and I talking about the effects that the presence of gaming have had upon us personally and culture in general.…
 
Part 2 of my discussion with Mariano & Allegra is here! Avid podcasters and pop culture commentators, they share with me their experience and observations about the existence and psychological impact of racial privilege, and why it is often so hard to discuss. Tune in for the next exciting episode of The Broken Brain, and catch Allegra & Marian ...…
 
Dave Hart, host of the Pop Culture Case Study Podcast, returns to The Broken Brain to help me talk about the way that mental health diagnosis are presented in movies. With the new M Night Shyamalan picture "Split," I have had a few requests to address this. This episode is one of those. We talk about depictions of therapy, DID (Disassociative I ...…
 
Kathleen returns to help me talk about how to support your loved ones with traumatic experiences. We discuss the are the important Do's and Dont's of working with family and friends with a history of trauma, abuse, or PTSD. Be sure to listen to Kathleen's wonderful Podcast On The Blue Couch for talk about trauma, psychology, The Walking Dead, a ...…
 
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