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How to Build Confidence, Master Stress & Squash Self-Doubt. Interview with Ian Robertson - Neuroscientist & Author

February 27, 2023 Season 3 Episode 9
How to Build Confidence, Master Stress & Squash Self-Doubt. Interview with Ian Robertson - Neuroscientist & Author
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How to Build Confidence, Master Stress & Squash Self-Doubt. Interview with Ian Robertson - Neuroscientist & Author
Feb 27, 2023 Season 3 Episode 9

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Welcome to this episode of the podcast, where I have the privilege of speaking with Professor Ian Robertson, an esteemed psychologist and brain researcher. Ian is a Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Trinity College and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Member of Acadamia Europea.

Ian is a highly-cited researcher on the brain's attention systems, and his most recent book, How Confidence Works: the new science of self-belief, published by Penguin in 2021, is a widely-translated popular science book. In this episode, we delve into a range of topics, exploring the fascinating intricacies of the brain's response to stress and the connection between confidence, attention, and mindset.

Additionally, we explore the concepts of confidence, optimism, and self-esteem, and their relationship to attention and anxiety. We delve into the importance of a growth mindset and discuss how to build confidence effectively.

In this episode, Ian and I explore the questions and issues around the following:

  • Why are some people crushed by a problem while others drive?
  • Could you explain the relationship between expectations and stress from a brain perspective? 
  • What is the relationship between dopamine and nor adrenaline?
  • Could you elaborate on the differentiation between the hemispheres and what that means to how we respond to stress?
  •  How does our way of responding to stress activate our attentional system?
  • Can you explain how our brains sometimes miss interpret our emotions?
  • What is the difference between anger in and anger out?
  • Can we train ourselves to respond more robust lead to small and large stressors in our life?
  • What is confidence? How is it different from optimism or self-esteem?
  • Can you describe the relationship between our attention and confidence? You see anxiety is the antithesis of confidence. Could you expand on this?
  • What is the importance of fixed mindset and growth mindset?
  • How do we go about building confidence?
  • What is the difference between an implementable mindset and a deliberative mindset?

RESOURCES:

The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

Hardcover
Paperback

How Confidence Works: The New Science of Self-Belief, Why Some People Learn It and Others Don't 

Hardcover
Paperback
Audio book

REFERENCES:

S2 E18:   
Learning the Whole Brain Approach to Leadership & Resilience: Interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor - New York Times Best Selling Author & Neuroscientist

S2 E21:
How to Escape the Addiction of Substances, Behaviours & Mindsets. Interview with Dr. Anne Lembke - Neuroscientist & Author


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Send us a Text Message.

Welcome to this episode of the podcast, where I have the privilege of speaking with Professor Ian Robertson, an esteemed psychologist and brain researcher. Ian is a Professor Emeritus in Psychology at Trinity College and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Member of Acadamia Europea.

Ian is a highly-cited researcher on the brain's attention systems, and his most recent book, How Confidence Works: the new science of self-belief, published by Penguin in 2021, is a widely-translated popular science book. In this episode, we delve into a range of topics, exploring the fascinating intricacies of the brain's response to stress and the connection between confidence, attention, and mindset.

Additionally, we explore the concepts of confidence, optimism, and self-esteem, and their relationship to attention and anxiety. We delve into the importance of a growth mindset and discuss how to build confidence effectively.

In this episode, Ian and I explore the questions and issues around the following:

  • Why are some people crushed by a problem while others drive?
  • Could you explain the relationship between expectations and stress from a brain perspective? 
  • What is the relationship between dopamine and nor adrenaline?
  • Could you elaborate on the differentiation between the hemispheres and what that means to how we respond to stress?
  •  How does our way of responding to stress activate our attentional system?
  • Can you explain how our brains sometimes miss interpret our emotions?
  • What is the difference between anger in and anger out?
  • Can we train ourselves to respond more robust lead to small and large stressors in our life?
  • What is confidence? How is it different from optimism or self-esteem?
  • Can you describe the relationship between our attention and confidence? You see anxiety is the antithesis of confidence. Could you expand on this?
  • What is the importance of fixed mindset and growth mindset?
  • How do we go about building confidence?
  • What is the difference between an implementable mindset and a deliberative mindset?

RESOURCES:

The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

Hardcover
Paperback

How Confidence Works: The New Science of Self-Belief, Why Some People Learn It and Others Don't 

Hardcover
Paperback
Audio book

REFERENCES:

S2 E18:   
Learning the Whole Brain Approach to Leadership & Resilience: Interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor - New York Times Best Selling Author & Neuroscientist

S2 E21:
How to Escape the Addiction of Substances, Behaviours & Mindsets. Interview with Dr. Anne Lembke - Neuroscientist & Author


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