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Dr. Alexandra, Psychologist

With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages. Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology and clinical psychopharmacology. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.
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I'm excited to share the second of a 17 part series of super brief podcasts on the topic of forgiveness. In each show, I will ask just one question of Dr. Robert Enright, PhD, internationally renowned expert on the science and psychology of forgiveness.
The following brief episode answers the question: What are the benefits of forgiveness? (What’s in it for the person forgiving?)
Stay tuned for the third question, which answer the question: What are the two paradoxes of forgiveness?
Dr. Robert Enright is the 2022 recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation. As the founder of the scientific study of forgiveness, Dr. Enright has authored seven books and over 100 publications on the topic and related topics, including studies on cross-cultural interpersonal forgiveness. Dr. Enright developed an early intervention to promote a model of forgiveness that can be self-taught or used in therapeutic settings. Dr. Enright is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To learn more about forgiveness and Dr. Robert Enright, visit internationalforgiveness.com.
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This show was created with love on my volunteer time. One small gift you can give me back is to take the time to leave the show a comment and rating on iTunes. You can also support the production costs of the show by buying me a $3 coffee at buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra. I will be encouraged by your support, and thank you!

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Is there someone from your life that you need to forgive? The following super brief episode is one of a 17 part series on the topic of forgiveness. In each show, Dr. Alexandra asks just one new question of Dr. Robert Enright, PhD, internationally renowned expert on the science and psychology of forgiveness.

The following brief (five minute) episode answers the question: What is the definition of forgiveness?

Stay tuned for the next brief episode, which answers: What are the benefits of forgiveness? (What’s in it for the person forgiving?)

Dr. Robert Enright is the 2022 recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation. As the founder of the scientific study of forgiveness, Dr. Enright has authored seven books and over 100 publications on the topic and related topics, including studies on cross-cultural interpersonal forgiveness. Dr. Enright developed an early intervention to promote a model of forgiveness that can be self-taught or used in therapeutic settings. Dr. Enright is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To learn more about forgiveness and Dr. Robert Enright, visit internationalforgiveness.com.

Would you like to be sent an article on how to forgive when someone has been unfaithful? E-mail dralexandra@psychologyamerica.com and in the subject line write “forgiveness article.”

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This show was created with love on my volunteer time. One small gift you can give me back is to take the time to leave the show a comment and rating on iTunes. You can also support the production costs of the show by buying me a $3 coffee at buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra. I will be encouraged by your support, and thank you!

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Those who are rejection sensitive notice very small slights and interpret them in the worst way. Rejection sensitive people either need to constantly present themselves in a positive light to earn the approval of others or the complete opposite . . .they withdraw socially so they can remove the risk of rejection. Rejection sensitive people might also be be fear based perfectionists - their fear is that of somehow being rejected for not getting everything right. Life is better without so much worry about rejection - learn more about this topic, attachment theory and how to get relief from expert guest Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps.

Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps, psychologist, has authored Bouncing Back from Rejection and Insecure in Love. She also shares her expertise through YouTube and the blog Making Change in Psychology Today. To learn more about Dr. Becker-Phelps and for free resources she offers, visit www.drbecker-phelps.com.

Note: Chris Fraley’s survey, mentioned in this episode, can be found at: http://drbecker-phelps.com/home/insecure-in-love-resources

Please enjoy the following poem by Rumi which was read on this show:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

This episode is dedicated to the nonprofit group internationalforgiveness.com where you can learn about how forgiveness is not for the person you’re forgiving, it’s for you, and how the burden of resentment causes fatigue.

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This show was created with love on my volunteer time. One small gift you can give me back is to take the time to leave the show a comment and rating on iTunes. You can also support the production costs of the show by buying me a $3 coffee at buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra. I will be encouraged by your support, and thank you!

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“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Mark Twain
Spend time with myself and guest Dr. Simon Rego as we discuss the latest strategies psychologists are using to help those who worry too much.

Dr. Simon Rego, is Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training and Director of the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center in NYC and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Simon has been sought out as an expert by the media, with appearances on CBS News TV, Fox News TV, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and more. He is the author (along with Sarah Fader) of the #1 Amazon Best seller: The 10 Step Depression Relief Workbook, which has now been translated into German, Polish, Russian and Simplified Chinese, and most recently he and Sarah Fader released another book, which also hit #1 on Amazon’s best sellers if cognitive psychology, The CBT Workbook for Mental Health: Evidence-Based Exercises to Transform Negative Thoughts and Manage Your Well Being.

I like to dedicate each of these shows to a non-profit and today’s show is dedicated to the International Forgiveness Institute. Learn all about research that supports the mental and physical health benefits of forgiveness by visiting internationalforgiveness.com.

I create this show out of love and a wish to freely share access to psychology. To support the production costs of this show, please visit buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra. If you choose to buy me a coffee for $3 you have the option to leave me a message with a comment, a show idea or just to say something nice!

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This show was created with love on my volunteer time. One small gift you can give me back is to take the time to leave the show a comment and rating on iTunes. You can also support the production costs of the show by buying me a $3 coffee at buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra. I will be encouraged by your support, and thank you!

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