Guy Winch, PhD, emotional first aid

Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decided to hang out with somebody else. What do you do in a situation like this? How can you learn to be emotionally resilient?

Your Emotional First Aid Kit:

Just as children learn how to apply first aid for cuts and scratches, they should learn about emotional first aid for minor psychological injuries. But usually they don’t. In fact, most adults are clueless about how to treat small emotional wounds. The appropriate preventive steps can keep such slights from turning into big psychological problems because they were neglected.

Now you can learn about the emotional first aid that can help short-circuit rumination, overcome loneliness and turn failure into an opportunity for self-discovery.

This Week’s Guest:

Guy Winch, PhD, is a psychologist and author. His books include The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem along with his most recent: Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure and Other Everyday Hurts

His website: http://www.guywinch.com/

He also writes the Squeaky Wheel blog at PsychologyToday.com

You can also find him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/guywinch

His TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, is among the top 5 most inspirational TED Talks on ted.com. You can find a link to it here.

Listen to the Podcast:

The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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Air Date:December 29, 2018

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  1. Marie
    Seminole, Florida
    Reply

    I’m inspired by Dr. Winch and the current mental state of Americans enough to put some effort into “repairing” minds. If more people would learn how to heal emotions perhaps we’d see fewer suicides, murders, and naked men on airplanes. Perhaps if more knew how to heal their emotions fewer would turn to alcohol and drugs, reducing homelessness and other related and growing problems. I’m going to start locally by donating money and working with local librarians to get more books on the shelves and visible. It’s probably not a quick fix, but it’s something I can do.

  2. Kaye
    Reply

    How does one listen to the podcast? It sounds interesting.

  3. Julie
    Greenville, SC
    Reply

    PLEASE provide the transcripts for these podcasts!

  4. Doreen
    Cary, NC
    Reply

    Being alone versus being lonely.
    I’m disappointed that you did not make that distinction. There’s a big difference.
    I hope you haven’t made people feel badly about themselves for being alone . It’s one of my favorite things to do.

    • The Capt
      FL
      Reply

      Excellent comment – I fully agree. There’s plenty of (newer) research to suggest that some people (especially those of a higher intelligence level) are actually happier when alone, and it doesn’t necessarily mean they “feel lonely”. The stigma of “being alone” is something that CAN make people feel bad, and should be reconsidered

      • Kay
        Wisconsin
        Reply

        If you listen again to how the doctor begins his response to Joe about loneliness, you’ll hear him make the distinction you’re asking for.

  5. carol
    TX
    Reply

    I haven’t listened to this podcast so can’t comment on what was said. I really wish you’d provide transcripts for these broadcasts.

    My go-to remedy for emotional distress is EFT (emotional freedom technique). This tapping procedure is related to accupressure and is quick, easy and doesn’t require anything but your fingers. I’ve been using it with excellent results for almost 20 years. (Google it for instructions.)

  6. TDyer
    California
    Reply

    Great show with commentary about the fact that humans are terrible at apologies, and terrific guidance on why this is the case, and how to be a better person by learning empathetic ways to be your best toward others, especially those you have hurt during the course of your efforts in life or work.

  7. Lynette
    Greensboro
    Reply

    Thank You for this Newsletter. It is awesome!!!

  8. Rae M
    Western NYS
    Reply

    Rae ~ I’m a 73 years old female, in good health and would like to continue on this path. I enjoy your newsletters. Always something to learn~ Thanks!

    • Shirley
      Palm Beach Gatdens Florida
      Reply

      Me too. I am a 72 year-old female in good health. No diagnoses. No meds. Your books, newspaper columns, podcasts and newsletters have helped me immensely. And my family and friends too. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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