PODCAST

The Science of Self

Peter Hollins

Despite so many studies being done on improving ourselves, it can be hard to find specific, actionable steps to make our lives better. Bestselling Author Peter Hollins cuts out the jargon and pop psychology to give insight and tips to be a better you. If you want proven ways and applicable tips to live a better life, listen in three times a week and start growing!
Dr. Patrick Keelan’S Flowchart Approach
We’ve gone through some of the psychological beasts that underlie the feeling of “lazy” and it turns out that we are beset by barriers, rather than a preference to be sloths. So what can we do with this knowledge? It doesn’t automatically launch us into action, but this chapter is about the second-best thing—providing formulas and workflows of sorts to break down what is missing from action. This way we don’t have to feel like we are winging it and instead can follow a set of simple instructions to get things done and exercise self-discipline. • The first set of instructions comes in the form of Patrick Keelan’s flowchart for action. He accurately sees that much of laziness comes from a lack of planning and presence, and his flowchart for action contains four simple steps to move you from Point A to Point B. Action plan? Are the steps small enough to act upon? Have I used the five-minute rule? Do I have any beliefs or rules keeping me back? Within each of those steps is also the solution to move to the next step of action. Get the audiobook on Audible at https://adbl.co/3HhRPIm Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. #DrPatrickKeelans #Keelans #PatrickKeelan’SFlowchartApproach #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #30DaystoSelf-Discipline
Today
14 mins
Manage, Pre-Empt, Or Avoid Vulnerable MomentsThe Brain That Works Against YouPeople Procrastinate Because...Make Room For Breaks, Treats, And Rewards5 Mental Hindrances To Self-Discipline
When you think of Buddhism, the world discipline is usually not far away. In fact, discipline is right at the core of Buddhist teachings. Its tenets emphasize maintaining a sense of control over one’s mind and body as a means to fulfillment. In fact, it preaches that we are naturally endowed with the ability to do what we want, and feel contentment at all times. However, we give up those feelings of control to someone or something outside of ourselves; we relinquish our own power to an external force that we perceive has more power. We say, “I can’t,” “I shouldn’t,” or “I won’t,” far more often than we should. We say it so much that we believe that fighting against these powers is useless, and thus we lose power over ourselves. In other words, when we tell ourselves we have no discipline, it ends up being true. Therefore, Buddhism teaches that a lack of personal power is illusory. It can be difficult to take that power back, but this, of course, is one of the first steps to self-discipline—believing that it’s possible and within your control. Part of the process involves knowing exactly how we’re being blocked or prohibited from exercising that control. To that end, there are five areas that cover most, if not all, of the sources of our trepidation in taking control of our lives. If you’re just starting to figure out where your shortcomings in self-discipline exist, these five areas are helpful to start investigating yourself. If you’re a grizzled veteran seeking new methods, these five areas may provide new perspective on familiar issues. Email the show at Podcast@NewtonMG.com or let us know what you think at http://bit.ly/hollinscomment Get the audiobook on Audible at http://bit.ly/PowerOfSelfDiscipline Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. #Animosity #Anxiety #Apathy #Buddhism #InstantGratification #Selfdiscipline #SensoryInformation #5MentalHindrancesToSelf-Discipline #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #PowerofSelfDiscipline
Jan 5 2022
9 mins
Stop Being So “Lazy”The Almighty Vagus Nerve, Concluded
The question becomes: how can you strengthen your vagal tone? The most prominent way is to work on deep, diaphragmatic breathing, as breath is one of the vagus nerve’s key regulators. The more slowly and deeply you can breathe, the more you can summon this rest-and-digest mode and relax. In fact, making noises such as humming, chanting, or praying also invokes the same effect, as the vagus nerve is connected to the voice box and larynx. You can also practice splashing yourself (start with the face) with cold water, as it briefly evokes your fight-or-flight response, but then allows you to practice summoning your rest-and- digest response. The vagus nerve makes it clear that you have the ability to control your physical response, thus giving your brain the chance to think at peak performance. The vagus nerve is also the embodiment of the inseparable nature of the brain and the body. As the vagus nerve shows us, to boost your brain, you must focus on everything that supports and surrounds it. Questions or comments regarding the podcast? Email the show at Podcast@NewtonMG.com or let us know what you think at http://bit.ly/hollinscomment Get the audiobook on Audible at http://bit.ly/brainboostblueprint Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. For narration information visit Russell Newton at https://bit.ly/VoW-home For production information visit Newton Media Group LLC at https://bit.ly/newtonmg #BodyAwareness #BrainBoostBlueprint #CognitiveHealth #DrawingMindMaps #EmotionalConnections #HealthyLifestyle #HolisticBalance #IntellectualCapacity #MindBodyConnection #PracticeMeditation #SupportBrainHealth #VagusNerve #TheAlmightyVagusNerveConcluded #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #TheBrainBoostBlueprint #
Dec 31 2021
9 mins
Mind Over MatterFine Tune Your MorningsThe Almighty Vagus NerveSturgeon's LawEat Well, Eat RegularlyPlay An Instrument Or Speak A New Language
Speaking of more neural connections, learning how to play an instrument or speak a new language literally activates dormant or underused parts of your brain. These skills provide different types of adaptations, and teach you patterns and processes and how to apply them to other areas of your life. They are both truly whole-brain activities that require integrating multitudes of new information and even muscle memory. Best of all, this type of neural growth can transfer to other disciplines and practices. Finally, what about just reading or saying information aloud? This simple act has been shown to improve thinking, cognition, memory, and comprehension through something called the production effect. Information reproduction requires a significant amount of active participation and engagement. As is this chapter’s theme, the more ways you process, engage, and challenge your brain, the more you will benefit from it. Questions or comments regarding the podcast? Email the show at Podcast@NewtonMG.com or let us know what you think at http://bit.ly/hollinscomment Get the audiobook on Audible at http://bit.ly/brainboostblueprint Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. For narration information visit Russell Newton at https://bit.ly/VoW-home For production information visit Newton Media Group LLC at https://bit.ly/newtonmg #AgnesChan #Balbag #brainapps #braingameapp #brainhealth #ColinMacLeod #fluidintelligence #GottfriedSchlaug #musicaltraining #neurodegenerativedisease #TheresaKennedy #wonderfullanguage #PlayAnInstrumentOrSpeakANewLanguage #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #BrainBoostBlueprint
Dec 17 2021
13 mins
Hanlon's RazorReplace Old HabitsNovelty And ChallengeOldies But Goodies - They're Still Around For A ReasonPut Your Goals Where You Can See ThemTrue Brain Training
The efficacy of brain training programs has been dispelled multiple times. This is because we can’t necessarily train ourselves to be more intelligent, strictly speaking. We can, however, engage our brains in multiple and novel ways, and somewhat indirectly, become smarter as a result of that neural strengthening. We can improve our fluid intelligence, but not our crystal intelligence. This means that when we want to boost our brains, we’re not really focusing on “improving” the brain itself, but rather how to stimulate it and adapt to different situations. Questions or comments regarding the podcast? Email the show at Podcast@NewtonMG.com or let us know what you think at http://bit.ly/hollinscomment Get the audiobook on Audible at http://bit.ly/brainboostblueprint Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. For narration information visit Russell Newton at https://bit.ly/VoW-home For production information visit Newton Media Group LLC at https://bit.ly/newtonmg #ActualKnowledge #BrainBoostBlueprint #CognitiveScience #FluidIntelligence #HealthyBrain #Jaeggi #LinguisticAbilities #NeuralPathways #TrueBrainTraining #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #TheBrainBoostBlueprint #
Dec 3 2021
8 mins

0:00