How can we shift our mindset from “What’s going wrong?” to “What’s going right?” How can self-care become damaging to ourselves and our relationships? What is the importance of connection with others? Why is being mediocre at something new a good thing for us? How can we use imagination and play to create a more fulfilling life?
Dr. Samantha Boardman, a New York-based positive psychiatrist, is committed to fixing what’s wrong and building what’s strong. Historically, psychiatry has focused on the diagnosis of disease and the treatment of individuals with mental illness. Positive Psychiatry takes a more expansive approach, focusing on the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of health.
Dr. Boardman received a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Cornell University Medical College, and completed a 4-year residency program in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Now, she is a practicing positive psychiatrist, author, and published in a variety of scientific journals. She joins us on the podcast to share how to let go of the binary bias that things are either going good or they’re going bad, the importance of our relationships, why learning something new is a positive thing, how to get back to our more childlike, playful self, and more.
What you will learn in this episode:
- How to reframe your mindset to a more positive one
- The importance of connection and friendship outside of your romantic relationship
- The power of being playful and imaginative
- The benefit of learning something new and being mediocre at it
“We have this binary bias: things are either good or they’re bad. But how can we hold both together? I do think it’s possible for us to look for the strengths within our challenges. What are we learning here? Where are we finding some purpose? How are we connecting with other people? How are we adding value in some way?”
“As children, we’re trying this all the time. But as an adult, you do contract a bit, life gets narrower, and we’re much more afraid to try things that are new.”
“We can actually think more clearly and use our imagination much more effectively sometimes when we think through the lens of someone else.”
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