About Gary Wood

Social Psychologist, solution-life coach, author, broadcaster and podcaster, Dr Gary Wood combines a solid academic background with an engaging style to communicate psychological insights about all aspects of human social life. He runs his own coaching and research practice, specializing in translating evidence-based psychology into workable solutions. Gary is regularly featured in the press and on radio and television. His PsyCentral Blog offers a psychological perspective on human social life including current affairs; sex, gender & relationships plus learning, development and coaching insights and tips. . . the odd acerbic comment and the occasional rant. He is the author of 'The Psychology of Wellbeing, 'Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It!' and 'Unlock Your Confidence', 'The Psychology of Gender' and 'Letters to a New Student'. He is based in the UK in Birmingham and Edinburgh. In his spare time he eats, sleeps, reads.. . and occasionally sings. Not Gary Wood the actor, the footballer or the Dr Gary Wood who 'died, went to heaven and came back again'. Not Gary Woods either. The other one.

Happiness, Self-Help and Toxic Positivity (Ep.11)

In part two of a three-part look at the self-help industry, Dr Gary Wood and Paul Flower discuss whether self-help advice encourages toxic positivity. The episode also looks at the general theory of meritocracy, are we all equal and therefore all capable of getting the same results from our reading? Is there an over-emphasis on dramatic results? And are self-help books given to too much moralizing? This is episode 11 in the podcast series.

Based on Gary Wood’s ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing’ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd And for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

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Happiness and the Self Help Industry (Ep.10)

In the first of a three-part look at the self-help industry, your hosts Dr Gary Wood and Paul Flower discuss book therapy – or bibliotherapy if you prefer. Learn all the secrets of the self-help book formula and how to read the warning signs of what to avoid. And how to find a self-help book that’s right for you.

Based on Gary’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing‘ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd And for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

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Happiness and Talking Cures for Unhappiness (Ep.09)

Ep.09. When we talk about happiness, inevitably, we must talk about unhappiness. In this episode of Happiness, a Sceptics Guide your hosts Paul Flower and psychologist Dr Gary Wood look at ‘talking cures’. How do you know if you need help? Where do you find help, and which therapy works best? Is cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), the panacea for all ills? This episode answers these questions and more.

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Based on Gary’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing’ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd And for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

Mindfulness for Happiness: Does it Help? (Ep 08)

What are the benefits of mindfulness, that is, ‘paying attention, on purpose, in a non-judgemental way’? This episode of ‘Happiness, a Sceptics Guide‘ looks at the mindfulness megatrend. What is mindfulness and can it make us happier?  Should mindfulness (and happiness) be about liberation from conditioning or adjustment to conditioning? Check out this podcast episode over on Podbean: Mindfulness for Happiness. Does it help?  The episode features a chainsaw. Surely, that’s got to be a first for a mindfulness podcast.

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Based on Gary’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing’ (published by Routledge. See here for the UK, or here for the US.

#happiness #mindfulness #selfhelp #wellbeing #psychology #chainsaws

Happiness, A Sceptics Guide – The Story So Far – Review 1

The first in a series of ‘the story so far’ reviews of  the podcast Happiness, A Sceptics Guide, this bonus episode, looks back on episodes 2 to 6 to recap on the takeaway points from: ‘What is Happiness? (02)’; ‘Happiness & Meaning (03)’; ‘Happiness & Wellbeing‘ (04)’, ‘Happiness & Coping with Stress’ (05), and ‘Happiness, Survival & Growth‘ (06).  And it concludes with looking at ‘what’s next?’

Based on Gary Wood’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing‘ (published by Routledge. See here for the UK, or here for the US.

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#stress #happiness #wellbeing #wellness #psychology #meaning #survival #growth #thriving

Happiness, and Survival Versus Growth (Ep 06)

How can we manage stress and bridge the gap between ‘survive’ and thrive’? This episode of Happiness, A Sceptics Guide looks at Happiness, and Survival versus Growth. It’s the second in a two part look at stress – how to cope with and how to get it to work for you.

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Based on the book The Psychology of Wellbeing’ by Gary W. Wood  (published by Routledge. See here for the UK, or here for the US.

#wellbeing #stress #selfhelp #survival #thrive #growth #needs #maslow

Happiness and How to Cope with Stress

Stress has to be the number one barrier to happiness, and this episode of ‘Happiness, A Sceptics Guide‘ considers different ways to define stress, and how to cope with it. And, it answers the question ‘Is stress always a bad thing?’ (The first of a two-part look at stress).

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Based on Gary Wood’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing‘ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd And for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

Check out the second of this two-part look at Stress: Happiness, and Survival versus Growth.

 #happiness #stress #coping #wellbeing #wellness #psychology #coaching

Happiness and Wellbeing. What’s the difference?

In this episode of Happiness, A Sceptics Guide we compare and contrast happiness and wellbeing. It unravels some of the pop psychology terminology and presents a definition of wellbeing that aligns with a definition of stress – the balance between the challenges we face and the resources we have to meet the demands.

The podcast episode is based on Gary Wood‘s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing‘ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd And for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

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Happiness: The Good Life versus The Meaningful Life

The third episode of Happiness, A Sceptics Guide looks at different types of happiness. Faced with two doors ‘happiness or ‘meaning’, which one would you choose? Find out what that choice means and how you can apply this insight to improve happiness. And can you have the best of both world, a ‘the good life’ and ‘the meaningful life’? Based on Gary Wood‘s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing‘ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd and for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

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Dedicated to Prof Ed Diener (1946 -2021) who made a monumental contribution to psychological research into happiness. We were not aware of his passing when this episode was recorded. To check out his resources on happiness visit: https://eddiener.com/

#happiness #eddiener #drhappiness #meaningfulness #goodlife #positivepsychology #psychology 

What is Happiness?

The second episode of ‘Happiness, A Sceptics Guide’, aims to answer the question ‘What is happiness?’ And, to unravel popular psychology terminology. It’s all based on Gary’s book ‘The Psychology of Wellbeing’ (published by Routledge). To read more about the book, for the UK go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd and for the US go to: https://amzn.to/3gmgukd

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